Today is PDP National Convention for Presidential Primaries, taking place at Eagles Square Abuja.
The battle is between Seating Presidential Goodluck Jonathan, Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, and Mrs Sarah Jubril.
The battle before today was issue of zoning champion by the likes Atiku Abubakar, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, Ciroma and many other northern leader, however PDP has granted the seating president a wavier on the zoning and allowed him and all interested to contest irrespective of geopolitical zone.
Atiku is regarded at the anointed one for the north, after being endorsed by Ciroma led committee last year 2010 ahead of IBB and Saraki.
Sarah is regarded as a veteran having contested for presidency in 2003 and 2007, and represents the interest of the women.
Goodluck is regarded at the face of the youth, the hope of new dawn and a fresh breath.
Here, lets discuss expectations, opinions and challenges. PREDICT AND WIN 13 January 2011Comment
williams sodic@ 05:40pm The Chairman 2011 Convention Planning Committee Dr. Shetima Mustafa gives welcome address speech 0013 January 2011
andy chuksTime: 5:49pm Deputy Chairman PDP presents Speech on behalf of the chairman Dr. Okesileze Nwodo who an Appeal court in Enugu late yesterday issued an order restraining him from acting as PDP Chairman until determination of a suit filed against him challenging his chairmanship position 0013 January 2011
andy chuks@ 5:54pm Deputy National Chairman stops speech midway and Dr. Okesileze Nwodo is seen walking around consulting with stakeholders. 0013 January 2011
andy chuks@ 5:56pm After consultations PDP National Chairman Dr. Okesileze Nwodo takes the stand and commences the speech and declares the convention open. 0013 January 2011
andy chuks@ 6:09pm National Party Secretary Abubakar Baraje Stands to give address on the state of the party 0013 January 2011
williams sodic17:55: Okweselize Nwodo, who was yesterday sacked as PDP national chairman, has arrived and immediately takes to the stage. Unconfirmed reports reaching us that the High court order has been vacated. We will confirm once we get more new
05:40: Election materials have also finally arrived, - over 6 hours after convention billed to start
05:37: Opening prayers - Christian and Muslim
05:34: As President Jonathan sits down, he shakes hands with Sarah Jubril and Atiku Abubakar.
05:30: President Goodluck Jonathan has arrived and makes his way to state box
05:25: Olusegun Obasanjo has arrived, taking a seat next to David Mark while Dimeji Bankole sits next to Atiku. The former president is locked in discussions with Yayale Ahmed.
05:12pm: The contentious pattern of voting is not unlike 'option A4'. Each state delegation has one booth to vote and the delegates will queue behind the state governor. In non- PDP controlled states, the delegates queue behind the state party leader.
Meanwhile, Bukola Saraki has arrived at last.
05:09pm: In an interview with NEXT a few minutes ago, Tunde Adeniran said the Electoral Panel has not been given the delegates list. Mr. Adeniran also confirmed receiving a letter of protest from Atiku on the expected pattern of voting.
05:02pm: Our state house correspondent confirms that President Jonathan about to leave for Eagle Square
04:39pm: All states delegations are aleady seated except those of Bauchi, Cross River, Gombe, Kano, Niger and Zamfara, though some of their governors are here. Osun, Bayelsa and Anambra delegates wearing special uniform. Atiku arrived alongside Ken Nnamani
04:22pm: Atiku Abubakar arrives in Eagle Square
02:36pm Bukola Saraki absent at convention as Kwara delegates are led by deputy governor, Joel Ogundeji
02:31pm Looks like some form of ceremony is starting. Bisi Olatilo has begun introductions. Delta delegates arrive, some governors too. We appear close to a start.
02:30pm News from our state house correspondent that President Jonathan is still at his residence and has not left yet.
02:20pm Today might just as well be a public holiday as the neighbouring Federal secretariat and annex are empty. There is no soul. Security men have taken over the surroundings.
02:09pm Still no sign of either President Jonathan or Atiku Abubakar. However the delegates from Kogi, Kwara, Imo, Abia and Rivers states have arrived and taken their seats in the pavilion.
1:30pm The 41 member Electoral panel, headed by Tunde Adeniran, emerged from a meeting under one of the pavilions and have set about inspecting the polling booths
01:05pm Some activity at last! The 41 member Electoral panel, headed by Tunde Adeniran, has just emerged from a meeting under one of the pavilions and they are about to inspect the polling booths. All arms of the force, including paramilitary forces, are securing the venue. On show are the police, conventional and anti-riot, army, civil defence corps, etc
12:50pm No sign of any of the voting materials in the 37 polling booths. So far, Eagle Square is mostly made up of journalists, both foreign and local.
12:47pm Nothing much to report as of yet. Two police helicopters are noisily hovering above Eagle Square. All fire and safety precautions appear to have been taken.
12:45pm Security is very tight. The usual 'rent-a-crowds' that typically converge on days like these are nowhere to be found.
12:36pm The pavilions designated for the delegates to sit in are practically empty. Each state, including the FCT, has its own allocated pavilion.
14:36pm: Bukola Saraki absent at convention as Kwara delegates are led by deputy governor, Joel Ogundeji 0013 January 2011
andy chuks@ 6:29pm State of Account(Audit report) of PDP between 2008 - 2009 given by Dr Samuel Ortom the Party National Auditor. Was adopted by two party members @ 6:37pm 0013 January 2011
andy chuks@ 6:39pm Prof Tunde Adeniran Chairman Electoral Panel gives guidelines for the election of the presidential flagbearer. 0013 January 2011
andy chuks@6:38pm its confirmed that Enugu Order restraining Okwesileze Nwodo from parading as Chairman of PDP has been vacated. 0013 January 2011
andy chuks@ 6:50pm Address of the delegates by aspirants begin. First by Mrs. Sarah Jubril we starts her address by praising God. 0013 January 2011
andy chuks@ 7:01pm Former President Atiku Abubakar mounts the stage to make his speech and appeal to the delegates. 0013 January 2011
andy chuksWhile Sarah earlier in her speech dubbed herself 'Mama President' and appeals to the women and ended her address with a rendition of 'We shall Overcome.'
Atiku in his speech berates the Jonathan for failing to honour Zoning,and accused him of leaving the country in worst state than he inherited. He boasts that his main opponent is no match to him, that he is the best person to represent PDP in 2011 polls and says he is the most experienced to do the job. He lists EFCC, Public-Private procurement act etc as his achievements. Amidst his speech his recieved some boos. He walks straight back to his seat again without acknowledging Mr. Jonathan. He is deep in conversation with Mrs Jubril who appears to be remonstrating him. 0013 January 2011
andy chuks@8:17pm the Deputy National Chairman stands and reads a letter from Dr Okwesilieze Nwodo delegating him to conduct the convention citing an order from Enugu High Court restraining him Nwodo from acting as PDP Party Chairman. He, the Deputy National Chairman stated that to avoid illegitimacy and to make the convention legal he will formally re-declare the convention open hence, he gives a speech and formally re-declares the convention open. 0013 January 2011
andy chuks@7:30pm President Goodluck is called upon to give speech amidst loud applause. Artist Dare Art Alade performs first. 0013 January 2011
andy chuks@ 7:31pm The party secretary Abubakar Baraje citing to avoid issue of legality concerning the order restraining the chairman from acting as party chairman, calls on the PDP legal adviser who moves motion to formallly/legally declare and adopt/empower the Deputy Chairman as Acting Chairman and bestows on him the full power of chairman on him. (the legal adviser on his speech he said despite the have not been served any motion on all those proceeding they will do this to avoid illegality). After his motion, the deputy speaker house of assembly stood asks and the house adopted the motion. 0013 January 2011
andy chuks@ 7:38pm The President Goodluck stood together with the vice president to address the party delegates, he greets the party stakeholders, the vice president Architecture Sambo, his wife and everybody. He recalls President Yar'Adua demise and asks the whole party to stand and observe a minute silence amidst applause. 0013 January 2011
andy chuksJonathan goes on to declare he is the best candidate together with able vice president to lead the country to the height needed. He went on to enumerate his achievements in less than eight months of assuming position amidst applauses. He lists stabilisation of fuel price/supply, absence of queues in fuel stations, strides in power and education, strides in health sector, efforts to curb unemployment and strides in aviation sector (radar system coverage for the whole of Nigeria and attainment of security level one by Nigeria). He also berates Atiku for saying that there is no security in Niger Delta and cites that since his administration the level of violence in Niger delta has reduce thus maintain a high production rate and price of oil.
He promises that Within 24 months, every state will have a federal tertiary institution of education. He ends his speech promising that "I Dr. Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan and Architect Namadi Sambo promise we will not let you down" He receives a standing ovation. 0013 January 2011
andy chuks@ 7:52pm Prof Tunde Tunde Adeniran Chairman Electoral Panel stands and asks the security men to guard the voting equipment and area. And cites that due to some discrepanies in some states they will use accredited list by secretary of the party to work on in those state. Thus there wil be a certification in those states before voting some of the states are Akwaibom, Anambra, Borno, Adamawa etc 0013 January 2011
andy chuks@7:58pm The delegates lines up preparatory to vote for their choice, each state has a ballot box for it and delegates from each state lines up in front of its box. 0013 January 2011
andy chuks@ about 8:00pm Voting commences. First starting with Abia, Anambra, Akwaibom, Boronu,Bayelsa,Bauchi, Adamawa, The format for voting is open secret ballot system. 0013 January 2011
andy chuksMusic Interludes as voting continues 0013 January 2011
andy chuks@ 8:12pm Other States Rivers, Taraba, Sokoto, Yobe, Abuja, Zamfara etc are called upon to commence their own voting at another end of the venue. 0013 January 2011
andy chuks@ 8:23pm Enugu, Crossriver, Kaduna etc are called upon to commence their own voting 0013 January 2011
andy chuks@ 8:28pm Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekiti States are called upon to commence voting. 0013 January 2011
andy chuks08:18pm: An unidentified delegate from Akwa Ibom collapses in the voting queue.
@ 08:38pm The compere announces that an envelope full of money has been misplaced by one of the delegates during voting. The owner was asked to identify the exact amount before claiming the money. A bank card was also found
@ 8:49pm Boronu State concludes their voting first.
@ 8:58pm Akwa Ibom State Concludes voting 0013 January 2011
andy chuks@ 08:01pm Oyo, Osun and Plateau state are called to commence voting 0013 January 2011
andy chuks@ 08:08pm Chief of Security in charge of Taraba State is called to attention that an important security paper/document is left unattended to.
@ 08:09pm The compere announces an eye glasses has been picked that owner should come and identify it. 0013 January 2011
andy chuks@08:18pm Enugu State is called upon to vote. 0013 January 2011
andy chuks@ 9:00pm Osun, Oyo and Plateau States are called upon to vote 0013 January 2011
andy chuks@ 09:59pm Compere announce that a bag containing a laptop is missing and appeals to delegates to help in it recovery. 0013 January 2011
andy chuks@10:08pm Voting officially ends as preparation for commencement of counting the vote commences. 0013 January 2011
andy chuks@ 10:15pm the security officers in charge of Abia, Akwaibom, Anambra, Bauchi, Bayelsa moves the ballot boxes for the five states to position for counting. 0013 January 2011
andy chuks@ 10:18pm Ballot boxes are opened in front of Agents 0013 January 2011
andy chuks@ 10:21pm Result sheets is distributed to returning officers and agents and sorting of votes begins. 0013 January 2011
andy chuks@ 10:28pm Counting Begins starting from Abia State. 0013 January 2011
andy chuks@10:39pm Abia state sorting ends. Counting commences at 10:41pm and Atiku gets only one vote out of the whole Abia Delegates (81) While Jonathan clinches the rest (80 votes) and Sarah Jibril no vote. The agents signs the result for Abia. 0013 January 2011
andy chuks@ 10:47pm opening of box and Sorting of votes casted commences for Adamawa State. 0013 January 2011
andy chuks@ 11:02pm sorting completes and counting commences for Adamawa. Atiku clinches 31 votes, Jonathan clinches 76, Sarah Jibril 0 votes and 2 void votes. 0013 January 2011
andy chuks@ 11:07pm recording and signing of votes of Adamawa by agents and returning officer. 0013 January 2011
andy chuks@ 11:13pm opening of box and Sorting of votes casted by Akwaibom State commences. 0013 January 2011
andy chuks@ 11:27pm Sorting for Akwaibom completed and counting commences. Atiku gets 0 votes, Sarah Jibril 0 votes and Jonathan 141 votes. 1 Ballot paper meant for bauchi was found in Akwaibom box and kept aside.
@ 11:32pm Recording and signing by returning officer and agents 0013 January 2011
andy chuks@11:34pm opening of box and Sorting of votes casted by Anambra State commences. 0013 January 2011
andy chuksWith the way its going, it seems its going to be a landslide for Jonathan. 0013 January 2011
andy chuks@ 11:40pm Sorting ends and counting starts for Anambra State. Goodluck Jonathan Clinches 47 votes, Atiku gets 8 votes, and Sarah Jibril gets 0 votes. Two Ballot papers meant for Adamawa was found in Anambra votes and declared invalid.
@ 11:43pm Recording and Signing by returning officer and agents 0013 January 2011
andy chuks@ 11:46pm opening of box and Sorting of votes casted by Bayelsa State commences. 0013 January 2011
andy chuks@ 11:54pm Jonathan sweeps Bayelsa State clinching all votes 67 while Atiku and Sarah gets no votes. With the way its going, it shows Jonathan has full support from South South. Recording and signing of results by returning officer and agents. 0013 January 2011
andy chuks@ 11:57pm opening of box and Sorting of votes casted by Bauchi State commences. 0013 January 2011
andy chuks@ 0:11am Goodluck Beats Atiku in Bauchi clinching 46 votes from Bauchi, Atiku gets 44 votes and Sarah Jubril 0 votes. Five void votes.
@ 0:13amRecording and signing of results by returning officer and agents completed. 0013 January 2011
andy chuks@ 0:15am opening of box and Sorting of votes casted by Rivers State commences. 0013 January 2011
andy chuks@ 0:31am Goodluck again sweeps Rivers clinching 128 votes, Atiku 2 votes and Sarah 0 votes. 0013 January 2011
andy chuks@ 0:33am opening of box and Sorting of votes casted by Sokoto State commences. 0013 January 2011
andy chuks@ 0:48am Atiku beats Jonathan in Sokoto clinching 84 votes, Jonathan gets 32 votes and Sarah 0 votes. Opening of box and Sorting of votes casted by Taraba State commences. 0013 January 2011
andy chuks@ 0:57am Jonathan Beats Atiku in Taraba Clinching 62 votes, Atiku 15 votes, Sarah 0 votes. Recording and Signing by agents and returning officer. 0014 January 2011
andy chuks@ 0:59am Opening of box and Sorting of votes casted by Yobe State commences. 0014 January 2011
andy chuks@ 1:08am Jonathan wins in Yobe with 29 votes, Atiku gets 20 votes, Sarah 0 votes.
@ 1:10am Opening of box and Sorting of votes casted by Zamfara State commences. 0014 January 2011
andy chuks@ 1:20am Atiku beats Jonathan convincinly in Zamfara with 70 votes to Jonathan's 7 votes and Sarah 0 votes.
@ 1:21am Opening of box and Sorting of votes casted by FCT Abuja commences. 0014 January 2011
andy chuks@ 1:24am Goodluck beats Atiku in FCT Abuja clinching 24 votes and Atiku 3 votes, no votes for Sarah.
@ 1:26am Opening of box and Sorting of votes casted by Lagos State commences. 0014 January 2011
andy chuks@ 1:30am So far Goodluck leads with 739 votes and Atiku 278 votes, Sarah Jubril none 0014 January 2011
andy chuks@ 1:30 am Lagos State Goodluck gets 52 votes, Atiku 3 votes and Sarah 0 votes.
@ 1:32am Opening of box and Sorting of votes casted by Jigawa State commences. 0014 January 2011
andy chuks@ 1:40am Goodluck Jonathan win in Jigawa with 100 votes, Atiku gets 17 votes and Sarah 0 votes. 0014 January 2011
andy chuks@ 1:44am Opening of box and Sorting of votes casted by Nasarawa State commences. 0014 January 2011
andy chuks@ 1:49am For Nasarawa State Atiku get 8 votes, Jonathan gets 53 votes, Sarah gets none.
@ 1:51am Opening of box and Sorting of votes casted by Osun State commences. 0014 January 2011
andy chuks@ 1:52am So far Jonathan has 944 votes, Atiku has 306 votes and Sara has no votes yet 0014 January 2011
andy chuks@ 1:59am Osun votes for Jonathan overwhelmingly. Goodluck polls 99 votes, Atiku 1 vote and Jibril 0 vote. Atiku's Agent refuses to sign the result sheet.
@ 2:01am Opening of box and Sorting of votes casted by Benue State commences. 0014 January 2011
andy chuks@ 2: 10am Benue State Goodluck Gets 72 votes, Atiku 15 votes and Jibril 0 vote.
@ 2:12am Opening of box and Sorting of votes casted by Ondo State commences. 0014 January 2011
andy chuks@ 2:19am Goodluck wins Ondo State with 69 votes and Atiku gets 6 votes. No vote For Sarah Yet.
@ 2:21am Opening of box and Sorting of votes casted by Gombe State commences. 0014 January 2011
andy chuks@2:29am Gombe State Atiku gets 18 votes, Goodluck gets 55 votes, Sarah no vote.
@ 2:31am Opening of box and Sorting of votes casted by Boronu State commences. 0014 January 2011
andy chuks@ 2:40am Goodluck wins Boronu with 33 votes, Atiku gets 26 votes and Sarah 0
@ 2:56am Goodluck Sweeps Imo polling 125 votes, Atiku get only 3 votes, Sarah 0
@ 3:14am Atiku beats Jonathan in Kano Polling 98 votes to Jonathans 21 votes and Sarah 0
@ 03:22am: A clean sweep for Jonathan in Cross River. He gets 105 votes, Atiku gets no votes and Sarah gets no votes
@ 03:37am: In Edo state, Jonathan sweeps away with 60 votes and Atiku none. Jubril gets no votes too.
@ 03:43am: Ebonyi State Jonathan wins with 82 votes to Atiku's 2. Jubril has 0 0014 January 2011
andy chuks@ 03:57am: Kwara State Jonathan gets 61 votes, Atiku 26 votes and Sarah finally get 1 vote from her home state.
@ 03:59am: Opening of box and Sorting of votes casted by Enugu State commences.
@ 04:08am: Jonathan Sweeps Enugu polling 89 votes, Atiku polls 9 and Sarah 0.
@ 04:20am: In Delta Jonathan wins with 114 votes to Atiku's 7. Jubril has zero.
@ 04:35am: In Katsina State, Jonathan beat Atiku resoundingly again polling 147 votes, Atiku Abubakar, 11 votes and Sarah Jubril, zero
@ 04: 53am Ekiti State, Goodluck Jonathan polls 76 votes, Atiku Abubakar, 1 votes and Sarah Jubril, zero
@ 04: 57am: Kogi State, Jonathan has 84 votes. Atiku, 24 votes.
@ 05:04am: In Plateau State, Goodluck Jonathan has 70 votes and Atiku Abubakar
@ 05:20am: Oyo State Goodluck sweeps with 107 votes . Atiku gets 10 votes, Sarah zero
@ 05:27am: 3 votes for Atiku in Ogun state and 80 for Jonathan while Sarah Jubril gets zero.
@ 05:40am: Atiku wins Niger State with 94 votes, Goodluck Jonathan has 16 votes.
@ 05:54am: Kaduna State final State, Goodluck Jonathan has 82 votes and Atiku Abubakar has 41 votes 0014 January 2011
andy chuks@ 5:57am Votes Counting comes to an End finally and final result is being collated. Its already clear that Goodluck Jonathan has won. 0014 January 2011
andy chuks@ 6:00am Professor Tunde Adeniran, Chief Returning Officer of the PDP takes the stand to officially announce the result
President Goodluck Jonathan polled - 2736 votes
Atiku Abubakar polled - 805 votes
Sarah Jibril polled - 1 vote
Total valid votes casted is 3, 542 votes
Invalid votes 61 votes 0014 January 2011
andy chuks@ 6:06am Goodluck Jonathan is Officially Declared the winner of the Presidental Primaries 0014 January 2011
andy chuks@ 6:08am the Acting Chairman of the Party the Deputy Chairman official presents Goodluck as the Flagbearer. 0014 January 2011
andy chuks@ 6:14am President Goodluck Jonathan Delivers acceptance speech, greeting all and sundry and asking his Atiku and Sarah to join him so that they will work together to win for the party. He praises his vice Sambo and restated that he Sambo is his running mate. He enumerated his plans and ends with shouting "PDP Power to the people" 0014 January 2011
andy chuks@ 6:23am Ojo Maduekwe is called upon to give vote of thanks 0014 January 2011
andy chuksIts been a very transparent primaries, PDP has really proved a point with this primary. A very important feature in the results showed that Jonathan won in most core Northern States showing he is widely accepted and that issue of zoning is infact dead. 0014 January 2011
andy chuks@ 6:09am Atiku quickly left the venue of the after shaking President Jonathan. 0014 January 2011
andy chuks@6:31am The Convention/Presidential primaries comes to an end with the National Anthem and President Goodluck Jonathan and his Vice Namadi Sambo takes leave of the venue. 0014 January 2011