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Gombe PDP primaries: DPO stoned, one dead in Billiri

William Attah, Gombe

One person was reportedly killed in Billiri Local Government Area of Gombe State Sunday evening when police operatives were trying to drive away unruly supporters from the venue of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primary election for Billiri/Balanga Federal Constituency.

Our correspondent who monitored the exercise which was held at Tangji, an outskirt of Billiri town, reports that the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) who supervised the security operations at the venue was badly stoned on his forehead, an action which created rancour that resulted in the shooting of a supporter with one other sustaining serious injuries.

However, confirming the incident, the Gombe State Police commissioner, Ishola B Babaita, in a telephone conversation with our correspondent, dissociated the killing from the primary election.

According to him, the killing had nothing to do with the primary election as it was far away from the scene of the election.

Meanwhile, the election, which was held under a very tensed atmosphere, saw Honourable Ali Isa JC polling 43 out of the 61 votes cast to beat nine other contestants while his closest rival, Honourable Rambi Ibrahim Ayala, polled nine votes.

Winner of the election, Honourable Ali Isa JC, who represented the constituency from 2015 to 2019, promised quality representation if elected again in the 2023 general election just as he thanked the delegates for the confidence reposed on him.

According to him, the election  was a family affair and that they will move in immediately to see how they can, together, work as a team and reconcile themselves.

He said, “you can see eighty percent of the contestants hugged and congratulated me. So I assure you that we are going to come out strong as one team, so the APC should start packing.”

But in his reaction, Honourable Rambi Ibrahim Ayala, current member representing Billiri East in the Gombe State House of Assembly, who contested and polled nine votes, alleged militarization of the whole exercise.

He said the primary election was not a war as it turned out to be. According to him, a fair level playing ground should have been allowed.

Meanwhile, reports from other parts of the State showed that the PDP Primaries for the State Assembly and House of Representatives tickets was relatively peaceful.

The result is as follows:

State House of Assembly 

AKKO LGA

1) Hon. Abdullahi Bashir Gaddafi – Akko Central

2) Hon. Umar Adamu Kalajanga – Akko North

3) Hon. Alh Adamu Kashere (Bunun Kashere –  Akko West

BALANGA LGA

1) Hon. Meriji Adamu Majoro – Balanga South

2) Hon. Saratu Hamman Jauro – Balanga North

BILLIRI LGA

1) Hon. Yakubu Daniel Ladollis (Shettiman Bare) – Billiri East

2) Hon. Nimrod Malon Yari (Talban Tal) – Billiri West.

DUKKU LGA

1) Hon. Zakariyya Ya’u Sa’idu – Dukku South

2) Hon. Abdulrahman Buba Zaune – Dukku North

FUNAKAYE LGA

1) Hon. Mohammed Buba Bajoga Boro – Funakaye North

2) Hon. Abubakar Adamu – Funakaye South

GOMBE LGA

1) Hon. Ahmed Kawuwa Abubakar (Chichchi) – Gombe North

2) Hon. Ismail Usmandodo – Gombe South

KALTUNGO LGA

1) Hon. Gabriel Galadima – Kaltungo west

2) Hon. Hassan Reuben – Kaltungo East

KWAMI LGA

1) Hon. Adamu Rilwanu (Marafan Bomala) – Kwami West

2) Hon. Ahmad Abubakar Doho (Sardaunan Doho) – Kwami East

NAFADA LGA

1) Hon. Haji Baba (Sardaunan Nafada) – Nafada North

2) Hon. Ibrahim Kawu Musa – Nafada South

SHONGOM LGA

1) Hon. Zubairu Ayala – Shongom

2) Hon. Markus Samuel – Pero Chonge

YAMALTU DEBA LGA

1) Hon. Salisu Inuwa Lano – Deba

2) Hon. Kabiru Haruna Wade – Yamaltu East

3) Hon. Engr Samaila Garba – Yamaltu west

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

  1. Dukku/Nafaɗa
  2. Gombe/Kwami/Funakaye – Hon Yaya Bauchi Tongo
  3. Akko – Hon. Aishatu MB Ahmad
  4. Yamaltu Deba – Hon. Inuwa Garba
  5. Billiri/Balanga – Hon. Ali JC Isa
  6. Kaltungo/Shongom – Hon. Obed Paul Shehu

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