- The recent primaries in Niger state for seats at the National Assembly seem not to have gone in the favour of some APC lawmakers
- David Umoru and Aliyu Abdullahi, who are both senators in Niger state, have lost the primaries in the bid to retain their places in the NASS
- However, two PDP senators, Ibrahim Isyaku and Baba shehu Agaie emerged victorious after the exercise
Two senators of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Niger on Tuesday, October 2, lost their bid to return to the National Assembly.
The two were defeated in the party’s primary election conducted across the three senatorial districts in the state, Punch reports.
In Niger east senatorial district, two-time senator and chairman, Senate committee on judiciary and human right, David Umoru, lost to a new entrant, Sani Musa.
Also in the Niger north senatorial district, the chairman of the Senate committee on information, Senator Aliyu Abdullahi, lost to the Niger state commissioner for local government, community development and chieftaincy affair, Zakari Jikantoro.
Meanwhile, all the three senatorial candidates for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state have emerged after the primaries conducted at the party’s zonal headquarters throughout the state.
Ibrahim Isyaku, representing Niger east senatorial district came out victorious as the party’s flag bearer after defeating three other candidates.
Moreover, in Niger south, an ex-member of the House of Representatives, Baba shehu Agaie, emerged the party’s candidate after defeating a former minister of youth and sports development, Abdulrahaman Gimba, and a former PDP chairman in the state, Abdulraham Enagy.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger state on Sunday, September 9, said the adoption of direct primaries in the state was in line with the decision of the national headquarters to select candidates for the 2019 general elections.
In a statement by his chief press secretary, Malam Jibrin Ndace, the governor gave the explanation when he received party members from Shiroro and Magama local government areas on Sunday.
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