Countdown to the 2015 general election, the Peoples Democratic Party PDP in Niger State has said that the Niger-East senatorial district recently won by Dr. Shem Zagbayi Nuhu to fill the vacant position created by the demise of late Senator Dahiru Awaisu Kuta would be vacant for contestants in a matter of months.
The PDP senatorial ticket would be up for grabs by any eligible candidate from the fold as there would be no automatic ticket for Zagbayi Nuhu or any of the party’s contestants. All contestants would go through the party primaries if other party men show interest in the senatorial seat, the party said.
Niger State PDP chairman, Alhaji Abdulrahaman Enagi, dropped the hint when he addressed a news conference on the just concluded senatorial bye-election in Minna, saying ‘all interested contestants will go through primaries’.
Alhaji Enagi who was however quick to add that the party would not stop Zagbayi for the next senatorial dispensation if he emerges consensus candidate and if nobody within PDP challenged him (Zagbayi) as the party’s consensus.
In answer to a question if Zagbayi would continue through the next dispensation, Abdulrahman Enagi said, “There will be no automatic ticket for Shem Zagbayi Nuhu if more people come out in PDP. We will go for primaries”.
The state PDP chairman however admonished Nigerian politicians on the need to respect the rule of law saying, ‘as politicians our ability to respect the rule of law will go a long way in making sure that it is only the people that decide who governs them at all levels’.
While asking the defeated APC candidate, David Umaru to accept the verdict of the election in the spirit of sportsmanship, Abdulrahman said, ‘Since Nigerlites have spoken through the ballot box it is our duty as democrats to respect their decision’.