As Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State seeks re-election for another four years on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), he and his supporters will be even more closely monitoring the primary of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The governor’s supporters under the aegis of Abdullahi Sule Amalgamated Support Groups, had purchased the N50 million APC expression of interest and nomination forms for Mr Sule.
Declaring his intention to run for a second term in Lafia, Mr Sule thanked his supporters who purchased the forms for him.
“Some of these people who are barely making a living came together and raised the funds to buy the nomination and expression of interest forms for me to re-contest for the 2023 governorship election.
“This gesture is very touchy and important to me, so I cannot turn down their request. Therefore, I hereby declare to re-contest as governor in the 2023 election,” he said.
Mr Sule made the remarks against the backdrop of accusations that he wanted to renege on his promise in 2015 to serve a single term. A video clip had gone viral following evidence of his interest in reelection, showing him making the promise to serve as governor for only four years.
Nevertheless, Fatima Abdullahi, a former wife to the National Chairman of the APC, Abdullahi Adamu, also picked the nomination forms and is poised to challenge the governor at the APC primary.
Ms Abdullahi, a medical doctor, is, however, not seen by many as an obstacle to the renomination of the governor by the APC.
The PDP has three main contenders: Labaran Maku, a former minister of information; David Ombugadu, the 2019 PDP governorship candidate and former House of Representatives member, and Nuhu Angbazo, a retired army major-general.
A former deputy governor, Solomon Ewuga, and a former senator, Suleiman Adokwe, had withdrawn from the race, leaving the former three to slug it out at the primary on Wednesday.
Having been out of government at the state and federal levels for a while, the main hurdles before the opposition party are funding and disunity.
Apart from having a candidate who can finance his own campaign, being able to stand the test of litigation during and after the election is a factor the delegates may consider in making their choices.
Mr Maku had in April returned to the PDP after eight years in the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), where he was the National Secretary until his return to the party.
With the return of Mr Maku, the PDP looks prepared to give the APC a run for its money.
People in the state, including members of the ruling APC, are eagerly awaiting the outcome of the PDP’s primary election.
The three contestants are from the same local government area, Nasarawa Eggon in the Nasarawa North Senatorial District where Governor Sule is from.
For the past eight years, the opposition parties in the state had been divided, leading to the defection of Mr Maku…
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