Saraki Pulling surprises at PDP convention – live updates, photos
Updates on Saraki's moves at port harcourt PDP convention
The National Convention of the main opposition party in the country, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is underway in Port Harcourt.
The presidential aspirants of the party who would slug it out todau in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital are Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki; former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar; former Kano State governor, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso; governors of Sokoto and Gombe states, Aminu Tambuwal and Dr. Ibrahim Dankwambo; Kabiru Tanimu Turaki, former Senate President, David Mark; former Jigawa State governor, Sule Lamido; Alhaji Attahiru Dalhatu Bafarawa, former Kaduna State governor, Ahmed Makarfi; Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed, and Jonah David Jang.
The delegates, drawn from across the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), both elected and statutory, will determine the candidate of the party among the motley crowd of aspirants, who are seeking to be elected as the party’s candidate.
[06/10, 11:50] Bamikole Omishore: Just in: Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki addressing PDP Delegates from Imo and Anambra States at the ongoing PDP Convention in Port Harcourt – [above photo]
[06/10, 12:25] Bamikole Omishore: UPDATE: President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, is now in a meeting with other Presidential Aspirants. #PDPConventionPHC
[06/10, 13:07] Bamikole Omishore: Just in : Tambuwal Comes to Meet With Saraki [see cover photo]
Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal today came to have discussions with the front runner of the PDP Presidential Race at the ongoing #PDPConventionPHC.
[06/10, 13:16] Bamikole Omishore: At the ongoing #PDPConventionPHC, 138 Federal Lawmakers from the People’s Democratic Party have pledged to support President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki. 34 serving lawmakers are backing Tambuwal; while 28 are supporting Atiku.
[06/10, 14:15] Bamikole Omishore: #UPDATES:
*SARAKI CHANCES GETTING BRIGHTER IN PORTHACOURT*
South-East Delegates split between Saraki and Atiku. North-East Delegates split between Saraki and Atiku. All North Central delegate caucuses are supporting Saraki.
Saraki looking good to clinch the ticket.
[06/10, 14:22] Bamikole Omishore: UPDATE:
As at 2:00pm, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has met with 19 State delegations in the last 12hours. More previously undecided delegates have started pledging their support. #PDPConventionPHC
[06/10, 15:16] Bamikole Omishore: UPDATE. 3:00pm:
President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has just met with the Niger State delegates on the sidelines of #PDPConventionPHC.
[06/10, 16:22] Bamikole Omishore: Video: Fellow PDP Presidential Aspirant, Taminu Turaki calls on PDP delegates to vote for Saraki as more presidential Aspirants set to step down for Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki at the ongoing PDP Convention in Port Harcourt.
3.00 pm: Senate President, Bukola Saraki has considered former governor of Anambra state, Peter Obi as his running mate if he eventually picks ticket of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The Convention is still ongoing when the Senate President made the announcement.
[06/10, 16:39] Bamikole Omishore: UPDATE:
All 37 delegates with disabilities have pledged to vote en bloc for Saraki following a meeting today. Saraki is the only candidate to meet with this vital demographic who represent over 20million Nigerians.
]5:32 pm] Saraki Still in the Race: Aide
President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, is still in the presidential race. Following marathon meetings with 22 state caucuses and PDP blocs, Saraki has secured the votes of all the North Central States, 138 federal lawmakers and at least 37 votes from people with disabilities.
Sources reveal that 34 serving lawmakers are backing Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal while 28 are supporting Atiku.
From reports on the ground, among the 5 States in the South-East Delegates are split between Saraki and Atiku on a 3:2 basis, while in the North-East Delegates split between Saraki and Atiku on a 3:3 basis.
All North Central delegate caucuses are currently supporting Saraki.
[06/10, 23:07] Bamikole Omishore: President of the Senate, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki with Governor Nyesom Wike just now at the PDP Convention in Port Harcourt
[06/10, 23:35] Bamikole Omishore: Excerpts of Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki’s Speech at the #PDPConventionPHC
Tonight, I am humbled, hopeful and determined as I see the faces of the delegates in the Garden City, Port Harcourt, Rivers State. #PDPConventionPHC #GrowNigeria
Tonight, millions of Nigerians watch us — as we carry their aspirations, their dreams and their hopes. #PDPConventionPHC #GrowNigeria
A few moments ago, I stood on that stage with a young man, a youth, who represents the millions of youth in our nation who are asking: “Where is my future?” #PDPConventionPHC #GrowNigeria
We must move away from the past. We cannot vote on sentiment. We must vote for somebody who is capable and someone with a proven track-record of performance. #PDPConventionPHC #GrowNigeria
If you are looking for a courageous leader, who will lead from the front and unite this nation, I urge our delegates to vote for me in the hours ahead. #PDPConventionPHC #GrowNigeria
Let us all work together to find somebody who will unite this nation, improve our economy, and address our insecurity issues. #PDPConventionPHC #GrowNigeria
I promise all our delegates and all Nigerians, I will work hard to grow our economy, provide more opportunities for Nigerians and ensure youth inclusion in our governance. #PDPConventionPHC #GrowNigeria