At 5.15am voting still ongoing at PDP presidential convention
The voting process at the convention
The Presidential primary election of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is still ongoing as at 5.15am Sunday morning at the Adokie Amiesiemaka Stadium in Port Harcourt with delegates casting their votes.
A slow process but diligent process, the voting is going on smoothly with state-by-state by alphabetical order.
A former President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan addressed the convention as well as a former Senate President, Adolphus Wabara.
A little under 4000 delegates are participating in the election.
Before voting, aspirants were allowed few minutes each to address the delegates.
In brief, these are what the aspirants said:
Atiku Abubakar: Upon election, I will work with you, all Nigerians, to rebuild infrastructures needed to get Nigeria working again.
Aminu Tambuwal: I am just 52 years. I have experience as a legislator, starting from Minority Leader to Deputy Chief Whip and ultimately the Speaker of the House of Representatives. I am currently the governor of Sokoto state, so I have executive experience.
Tanimu Turaki: We need to make the right choice that will salvage Nigeria and Nigerians from hunger and division. I present myself as the candidate that can win election any day, any time.
Attahiru Bafarawa: What I have done for eight years as governor I will do for the country. We must be one in order to serve the country better.
Ibrahim Dankwambo: When some other aspirants ran from PDP in 2015, I stayed, kept faith with party, worked for the party, contested and won as Governor in the party. At 56, I am not too young to run, not too old to retire. I am the one the country needs to turn things around at the moment.
Datti Baba-Ahmed: I stand for security of lives and property, because I can’t stand the mindless killings under the current government. I stand for the wellbeing of Nigerians, because I can’t stand the mass poverty under Buhari.
Jonah Jang: I will push for restructuring. Call me Mr. Restructuring. Nigeria will have a definitive restructuring. I will give the country a deserved government, lay foundation for the youths to build a better Nigeria tomorrow.
Rabiu Kwankwanso: To ensure a government that will embrace everybody, Christians and Muslims, a government that will give recognition to our deserving party members. We will do appropriate restructuring, adequate reforms to revive the economy, reform police and other security institutions to ensure success of our government.
Sule Lamido: Feel free, vote your conscience. Your conscience is my conscience. Let’s do the right thing. If you don’t vote freely, we will not do the nation good. Ahmed Makarfi: Security challenges will be addressed under me. I am a man of many phases and don’t forget I champion the course of restoring our great party on the part of greatness.
David Mark: I am gender sensitive, the only aspirant with a female as Campaign DG. I will have a quick action to unite the country on ethnic, religious or political line. The country has not been this divided.
Bukola Saraki: If you are looking for a courageous leader to unite this country, you will vote me. If you are looking for a leader who will uphold justice and make the country better, you will vote for me. Don’t vote on sentiments.