by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
Plateau Southern Senatorial Zone has ushered-in former Plateau State House of Assembly Speaker, Rt. Hon. George Edward Daika, as PDP’s flag-bearer for Plateau South Senatorial bye-election scheduled for October by INEC.
Hon Daika had flogged four aspirants at the senatorial primaries organized to select a potential candidate for the forthcoming October 31st 2020, Plateau South senatorial seat election.
Hon. Daika polled 434 votes, beating three other aspirants to emerge as the winner of the PDP primaries held at Royal Comfort Hotel Shendam, in Shendam local government, where the election held under a very peaceful and transparent atmosphere.
Those, who contested the election are former speaker of the Plateau state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Michael Dapianlong, who garnered 199 votes; Barrister Philip Nyitni, with 18 votes and Crysantus Dawam with 5 votes.
Total number of invalid votes – 4; a former 8 years’ member of the House of Representatives, who represented Shendam, Quan-Pan, Mikang federal constituency from 1999-2007, Rep. Ja’afaru Damulak, in a gentleman arrangement meeting, had stepped down for Crysantus Dawam.
The Primaries Election committee chairman, Sen. Mao Ohabunwan, declared Daika the winner of the PDP primaries and, accordingly, returned him elected, having scored the highest number of votes and fulfilled all the requirements of the law.
Meanwhile, prior to the commencement of the election, the committee chairman assured candidates, delegates and supporters of a “transparent, free and fair process,” noting that the PDP is one family.
In his address to pressmen shortly after the election commenced, he had hoped that at the end of the day, the best candidate would emerge to face other candidates of other political parties in the secondary election.
Rt. Hon. George Daika, whose political credentials span
through his sojourn to the Plateau state House of Assembly, rising to the
position of speaker to member representing Shendam, Quan-Pan, Mikang federal
constituency in the House of Representatives, member ECOWAS Parliament, a
former governorship aspirant on the platform of the PDP and, presently,
the senior legislative aide to the minority leader of the House of Representatives,
has the academic don turned politician,
Prof. Nora Ladi Daduut, of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the main rival to face in the secondary election.
On a congratulatory note, Senator Istifanus D. Gyang of Plateau North Senatorial District said the exercise, which was transparent, free and fair, witnessed the display of culture and spirit of democracy, which the PDP is known for.
He remarked that, “The successful and peaceful conduct of the PDP primary election for the Plateau South Senatorial bye-election scheduled for October by INEC, which saw the emergence of Rt. Hon. George E. Daika is an opportunity for the PDP family.”
“With this outcome, the stage is now set for the PDP to regain the Senatorial slot at the October polls,” he added, and asked for the cooperation and understanding of stakeholders to harness the increasing and growing support, which the people at the grassroots have for the party.
Senator Gyang, therefore, urged all party faithful and stakeholders to collectively work for the victory of the candidate of the PDP, Rt Hon George Daika, for Plateau to have a stronger representation in the Red Chamber.