The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released names and particulars of thirty six persons cleared to contest Niger State governorship election coming up in 2019 elections.
Among the 36 contestants were three women and the incumbent governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, for APC as well as his closest contestant in 2015, Umar Mohammed Nasko for PDP setting a stage for the repeat contest of 2015.
Other contestants are: Joshua Nuhu Bawa, a former chief of staff to former Governor Muazu Babngida Aliyu who bears the flag of APGA and former speaker of the state in the last administration, Hon. Isah Kawu who also flies the flag of ADP.
The female governorship candidates as released by INEC at the weekend were Mrs Phoebe Edwin Yarima of DMPP, Aishat Mahmud of CA and Abdulsalam Aisha whose political party was not indicated.
Similarly, Senator Ibrahim Musa who contested against the incumbent governor in APC in 2015 and immediate past Senator representing Niger North would be flying the flag of PPN and Yahaya Danbaba Daudu who contested for the flag of Labour Party in 2015 would now fly the flag of PRP.
While Mustapha Aliyu Wushishi who dragged APC to court in 2015 for not allowing him to contest the governorship primary would now fly the flag of LPN, other candidates are Mahmood Danjuma Yusuf Sani of SDP, Usman Muhammed of KOWA, Comrade Mohammed Audu of WTPN.
Also released as candidates are Sharief Sheikh Adam Yakub of AGA, Mani Ibrahim Ahmad of ADC, Awwal Umar of ZLP, Abdulazeez Oyeniyi Salaudeen of NCP, Yahaya Shuaibu of APP, Isah Mohammed Bello of GPN, Mustapha Abdurrahman of BNPP, Lawal Tsoho of APA, Bello Bawa Bwari of ACD, and Musa Abdullahi Babakatun of NCMP.
Yusuf Ayuba of UDP, Umaru Nasiru Albani of PPC, Ibrahim Musa of ACPN, Bawa Saleh of DA, Shittu Saheed of MPN, Dantani Abdullahi of NNPP, Hussaini Manuga of TMPP, Abubakar Ibrahim of NRM, Musa Abubakar Mohammed of P&J, Amos Sunday of FJP, James Andrew Ben of LP, and Isah Mohammed Bello of GPN.