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.... 3:30 pm: Ifeanyi Okowa, Governor of Delta State and Chairman, PDP National Convention Planning Committee calls for patience, explains why the convention is yet to start.

Get minute by minute report on the intrigues and actions from Rivers state as PDP chooses its presidential flag bearer.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is holding its presidential primaries today, Saturday, October 6, 2018, in Rivers state and you will get all the reports here Live.

The aspirants contesting to run with PDP's presidential ticket in the 2019 general election, are:

  • Senate President, Bukola Saraki; 
  • Former vice president, Atiku Abubakar; 
  • Sokoto State governor, Aminu Tambuwal; 
  • Gombe State Governor, Ibrahim Dankwambo; 
  • Former GOVERNOR, Sule Lamido;
  • Former GOVERNOR, Ahmed Makarfi;
  • Former GOVERNOR of Sokoto, Attahiru Bafarawa; 
  • Former GOVERNOR, Jonah Jang;
  • Former GOVERNOR,  Rabiu Kwankwaso.
  • Former Senate President, David Mark, 
  • Former Senator, Baba Datti Ahmed, 
  • Former Minister Special Duties Duties and 
  • Inter-governmental Affairs, Tanimu Turaki.

Life From Port Harcourt:

6:00 am: The host man the Rivers State Governor Wike assures PDP delegates of adequate security.


7:00 am: Gov Tambuwal claims other aspirants have ganged up against him.


9:40 am: Wike accuses APC of planning to disrupt PDP presidential primaries


From Governor Wike's Twitter handle: 17hr; "I pray for journey mercies as you return to your respective destinations. I welcome you."


From Governor Wike's Twitter handle 17hr; "Once again, I welcome all delegates, journalists, observers and other visitors to Rivers State, the Treasure Base of the Nation. While you are here, enjoy the peace, love, cuisine, heritage, and hospitality of Rivers State and her people."


10:40 am: Chairman of PDP convention committee, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa arrives.


11:12 am: Kwara PDP delegates arrive adorning Saraki branded caps.


12 pm: Police, NSCDC turn back party members without authentic PDP identity cards.


12:30 pm: Governor Ikpeazu leads Abia state’s 126 delegates to the PDP’s National Convention in Rivers State.


12:37 pm: Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki meets with other presidential Aspirants.


12:41 pm: PDP Delegates from Imo and the Anambra States gathering to speak to the Senate president  Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.


3:30 pm: Ifeanyi Okowa, Governor of Delta State and Chairman, PDP National Convention Planning Committee calls for patience, explains why the convention is yet to start.


5:34 pm: Femi Fani-Kayode, arrives the convention ground.

With the reports we gathered, SaharaReporters makes it clear that, agents of some aspirants are meeting with members of the electoral committee.


5:35 pm: Ebonyi State Delegates seated in the venue.


6:37 pm: Tanimu Turaki asks delegates to vote for Saraki.


7:02 pm: The Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson holding a meeting with delegates from Jigawa State.


7:29 pm: Davido perform live at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt, Rivers state at the PDP presidential primary.


8:01 pm: Sokoto Gov, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal arrives Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium.


8:19 pm: The Ekiti state delegates arrived.


12:01: Delta Governor Ifeanyi Okowa is now reeling out the election rules and guidelines. No phones in the cubicle area, no one votes by proxy etc.


12:28pm: It's some long interlude here as delegates prepare to vote. And we are being treated to a medley of Yoruba, Igbo, Hausa and pidgin music.


1:59: The electoral panel for the primaries is cross checking the list of delegates and stuff.


1: 51: Just here staring at white ballot cubicles and boxes as voters prepare to cast ballots. Let's just say this is going to take a while. But why do political parties have this need to vote way past midnight? What's to be done here that couldn't have been done in the day with proper planning?


2:41: The number of delegates per state are being called out now. A total of 3,274 delegates will participate in the process to choose the PDP presidential flagbearer. Abia State will vote first.


3: 04: Voting is now underway


6am: Now, Voting has ended here at Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Port Harcourt, Rivers State. The electoral officers are currently sorting and collating the votes for each of the Aspirant .


6: 28: The 12 agents staring at 12 ballot boxes each, represent one presidential aspirant. Right now, there are being handed the microphone to say: "the process was very transparent and thorough".


6:59 am: Tambuwal's agent has collected 80% of votes.


8:13 am: Delegates waiting eagerly for the announcement of results.


9:56 am: Kwankwaso, Atiku supporters reportedly clash at convention venue.


9:42 am: Breakdown of delegates who voted according to their states, obtained from The Cable

Abia 106

Adamawa 76

Akwa Ibom 153 but 151 voted

Anambra 54

Bauchi 76

Bayelsa 74

Benue 121

Borno 57

Cross Rivers 95

Delta 141

Edo 79

Ebonyi 101

Enugu 121

Ekiti 109 but 107 voted

Gombe 89

Kaduna 103

Kano 129 but 128 voted

Imo 117 but 104 voted

FCT 36 but 35 voted

Jigawa 84

Katsina 102 but 101 voted

Kebbi 68 but 65 voted

Kogi 94 but 93 voted

Kwara 102

Lagos 64

Nasarawa 62

Niger 83

Ondo 64

Osun 88

Ogun 21

Oyo 88 but 87 voted

Plateau 76 but only 74 voted

Rivers 131

Sokoto 95

Taraba 93

Yobe 59 but only 58 voted

Zamfara 48

Accredited delegates: 3,274


8:57 am: Un-confirmed reports on the ground say Abubakar Atiku and Aminu Tambuwal are leading.


8: 47am: We have small gist for you. Vote buying at this convention has been of international standard. Some delegates have told Pulse that they have made as much as $10,000 from the different aspirants at this convention. When one aspirant learnt that an opponent was giving out $3,000 per delegate, he increased his to $5,000.

It’s been a dollar rain for the delegates here. Some delegates say this is their only opportunity to eat from that proverbial "national cake".


10:16 am: Counting is about to begin any moment from now.


10:06 am: Reports from the convention ground is that Atiku has overtaken Tambuwal. Votes are still being counted.


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