Former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and some Governors on Saturday walked out of the Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Atiku Abubakar left the venue alongside Governors Sule Lamido and Rbiu Musa Kwankwaso of Jigawa and Kano States were the first to exit the venue. Governors and delegates from Kwara, Adamawa, Niger, Sokoto and Rivers also left. It was later found out that they left to hold a meeting at the Yar’Adua Centre.
Sam Jaja, a loyalist of Governor Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers State was barred from contesting from the position of Vice Chairman while the position of National Secretary was not contested for, sequel to a court injunction obtained by Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, restricting the party from filling the position.
One of the surprises of the afternoon was the presence of Chief Chris Uba, who had ignored the invitation of the disciplinary committee of the party earlier and week. Trouble broke out within the Anambra State pavilion as some of the delegates tried to prevent Chris Uba, fondly referred to as “Eselu” from sitting with them. He was about to sit beside his brother, Andy who emerged as Governorship candidate in one of the two shadow elections when a man believed to be a supporter of Tony Nwoye, who emerged also as a governorship candidate in the other primary election tried to pull the seat from under Chris Uba. A fight that drew the attention of delegates from lots of other states started. The exchange of blows between Uba’s perceived supporters and antagonists was eventually stopped by security men who moved there after some minutes.