Saturday, 15 June 2019 03:46

How South-south governor engineered PDP’s Senate President loss


THE embarrassing defeat suffered by the PDP in Tuesday’s contest for the position of Senate President would have been avoided but for the insistence of a South-south governor on the eve of the election that the party must adopt a candidate, contrary to the party’s initial position that it would not present or adopt any.

The South-south governor, whose state is awash with oil funds as a result of hefty monthly allocations and also the centre of war in past elections, was in Abuja a day before the election, where he argued forcefully for the party to adopt a candidate.

Even when other top party members drew his attention to the fact that the PDP did not have the number for a keen contest, he retorted: “What is number?” He then said he was ready to put down any amount to buy over enough APC members-elect to make up the number the PDP needed.

At that point, the opposition party decided to adopt APC’s Senator Ali Ndume who lost to Senator Ahmad Lawan by a wide margin. Whether the South-south governor spent the money or APC senators-elect collected but voted their conscience, no one knows. But adapting the words of former Akwa Ibom State governor, Senator Godswill Akpabio, the South-south governor reportedly boasted that the votes that money cannot get, more money will get.



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