APC Primary: 17 Delegates Returned Money I Gave Them – Oloriegbe

Senator Ibrahim Oloriegbe was a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.

 

The lawmaker representing Kwara Central district, Senator Ibrahim Oloriegbe, says some delegates whom he gave funds for logistics during the party’s primaries refunded the money.

He stated this during his appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily where he spoke about the crisis within the ruling party.

Senator Oloriegbe faulted the process with which the primaries were conducted the most states ad accused the governors of imposing delegates on party supporters.

“There was no congress; like in my state, the governor just handpicked them (the delegates) one night and said we have done primaries and the list came. So, you don’t even know who the delegates are … and this happened in several states,” he said.

“Even where people are selected, they should be given the freedom to exercise their franchise by voting for who they want, but it was not like that. The governors selected those to whom they would give instructions and some of them took an oath to vote where the governors direct them … and this was what happened in Kwara State.

“In my own election (primary), 17 delegates came back to give me money which I gave them for logistics; others did not because they said ‘we wanted to vote for you, but we are not allowed to vote’. There was one of my colleagues in Kogi who mentioned that people came back (to return his money).”

The lawmaker is among several other members of the party in the Senate who lost their party’s ticket to seek re-election into the red chamber of the National Assembly.

While some of them left the APC, others who were also displeased with the development met with President Muhammadu Buhari to seek his intervention.

 

‘Governortocracy’

Although Senator Oloriegbe said the lawmakers were no longer aggrieved after meeting with the President, he stressed that the party’s primaries were flawed with irregularities in many states.

“I could say in many states where we are having governors, we are running what we call a ‘governortocracy’ where the governors just decide what will happen,” he stated. “The primary process ought to start with the election of delegates.

“In almost everywhere, there was no proper election of delegates; they were selected by the governors, or by some individuals where there were no governors in the party. You can imagine, we had 68 senators – three seats are vacant – before the primaries, and out of the 68, only 28 have tickets to come back.”

On the way forward, the lawmaker advised the party to put in place a mechanism to resolve grievances while leaders should always carry members along on directions to be followed.

“Where it (a crisis) has happened, a mechanism should be set up for discussions to hold. As it stands, eight APC senators have defected to other parties, and this is because the conflict-management mechanism has not been effectively put in place,” he stressed.

LIVE: Bola Tinubu Declared Winner Of APC Presidential Primary

The official results of the presidential primary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are currently being announced after the completion of voting and the sorting of the ballots.

See the breakdown of votes scored by aspirants below:

Keep refreshing this page for the latest updates.


2:28 pm: “This is to certify that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, having scored the highest number of votes cast, is hereby declared the winner,” said Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State who returned Tinubu as the elected candidate.

“In line with the provisions of the constitution of our great party and by the power conferred on me as the Returning Officer of this special convention, I, Atiku Bagudu, do hereby declare Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the presidential candidate of our party in the 2023 presidential election.”


Results collated so far

Chukwuemeka Nwajuiba – one vote
David Umahi – 38 votes
Tunde Bakare – zero vote
Ahmed Rufai Sanni Yerima – four votes
Rotimi Amaechi – 316 votes
Yemi Osinbajo – 235 votes
Rochas Okorocha – zero vote
Yahaya Bello – 47 votes
Tien Jack-Rich – zero vote
Christopher Onu – one vote
Ikeobasi Mokelu – zero vote
Ben Ayade – 37 votes
Ahmad Lawan – 152 votes







11:20 am: As sorting continues into the third hour, Bola Tinubu is in the lead while Yemi Osinbajo, Rotimi Amaechi, Ahmad Lawan, and David Umahi, also have a number of votes counted in their names.


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8:15 am: Sorting of votes has commenced


7:00 am: Voting is still ongoing.


 

The event, which is holding at the Eagle Square in Abuja, will see 2,340 delegates queuing to choose their preferred presidential candidate.

In the lead-up to the exercise, 28 presidential hopefuls had picked the nomination and expression of interest forms, but five of them later pulled out.

Twenty-three aspirants later appeared before the APC presidential screening committee led by the party’s former chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun.

The run-up to the special convention, which is billed to run till Wednesday, had been marred by intrigues over the zoning of the presidential ticket and consensus candidacy.

While a consensus candidate was said to have emerged on Monday, President Muhammadu Buhari on his part said the delegates should be allowed to decide the party’s presidential flagbearer.

The northern APC governors also canvassed for the party’s candidate to come from the southern part of the country.


Please check back for fresh updates.

 

12:34 am: President Muhammadu Buhari addresses the delegates.


11:58 pm: To our dear delegates, when you vote tonight, know that your vote carries the answer to your prayers for our country and its future. – Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.


Ken-Ohanenye Steps Down

11:48 pm: I believe Nigeria needs a mother. But I am stepping down for Bola Ahmed Tinubu – Uju Ken-Ohanenye.


11:37 pm: Vote for me to extend Buharism – Ikeobasi Mokelu


11:33 pm: I didn’t come this far to chicken out. I am here to win. – Yahaya Bello


11:28 pm: I am a development agent. This country needs me. – Tein Jack-Rich


Felix Steps Down

11:22 pm: I am stepping down for Vice President Yemi Osinbajo – Nicholas Felix


11:18 pm: I am not running for President to accumulate riches, but to save the lives of ordinary Nigerians. – Rochas Okorocha


11:14 pm: I am the most experienced of all the candidates. If you vote for me, I will improve the economy. – Rotimi Amaechi


11:09 pm: I am not here to step down for anyone. I am here to step up as the 16th President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. – Tunde Bakare


11:00 pm: The APC should have zoned the ticket to the South-East. Where is the justice? – Ogbonnaya Onu.


10:51 pm: A presidential hopeful, Bola Tinubu, secured the support of some of his fellow aspirants to get the party’s ticket as six of them took turns to announce that they were stepping down for him.

Akpabio Steps Down


Amosun Steps Down


Fayemi Steps Down


Bankole Steps Down


Badaru Steps Down


Boroffice Steps Down


9:46 pm: “I present myself as a great intellect, with a background in academics. I am an old head on a young shoulder,” said Governor Ben Ayade.


9:40 pm: “It is time for us to bring science and technology to the forefront of our social and economic policies,” said Senator Ajayi Boroffice.


9:36 pm: “As president, I will introduce student loans so every child can have access to education,” said Senator Sani Yerima.


9:32 pm: The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, says he is eminently qualified to be President having spent 23 years in the National Assembly.


9:15 pm: APC chieftain, Bola Tinubu, says his success as Lagos State governor makes him the most qualified aspirant to succeed President Buhari in 2023.


8:15 pm: Things are not falling apart in APC. Things are holding up. We are united and are speaking with one voice. – Abdullahi Adamu, APC National Chairman


7:51 pm: APC is a party that will always be guided by the rule of law, says Hope Uzodimma, Chairman, Election Planning Committee, APC Convention


7:43 pm: The APC presidential primary officially kicked off following the arrival of President Buhari at the Eagles Square.

 

 

The First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari, was also present at the venue, although she arrived earlier than the President.


Extra: More videos from Twitter

 


 

7:29 pm: At this time, the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo; the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, and APC chieftain, Bola Osinbajo, among others have arrived at the Eagles Square.

Organisers are awaiting the arrival of the  President to properly commence the exercise.


6:38 pm: More videos


5:52 pm: Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno and Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe are seen at the Eagle Square where the APC primary is expected to hold in Abuja.


VIDEO: Nnamani, Two Presidential Aspirants Stepped Down For Osinbajo – Senator Gaya


5:48 pm: Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State arrives at the venue in company with his deputy, Femi Hamzat, and others.


5:30 pm: Presidential aspirant and Kogi State Governor, arrives at the venue to a resounding welcome from delegates and supporters.


5:15 pm: Updated list of states whose delegates have arrived – Lagos, Ogun, Osun, Rivers, Oyo, Kogi, Plateau, Ebonyi, Ekiti, Delta, Jigawa, Bayelsa, Adamawa, Enugu, and Imo.


5:08 pm: Presidential hopeful, Pastor Tunde Bakare, is sighted at the venue of the APC special convention.


4:47 pm: More photos of delegates at the Eagle Square. Channels Television/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 


4:28 pm: APC National Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, arrives at the Eagle Square in company with others.

 


4:05 pm: Governor Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa State arrives at the venue with his entourage.

3:10 pm: Senator Florence Ita Giwa tells Channels Television that delegates will vote for what is best for Nigeria. She says the delegates will be looking at a candidate who will reposition the nation’s economy.

3:00 pm: The FCT Minister Muhammad Musa Bello arrives at the venue.

Ogun delegates at the venue of the exercise. Photo: Taiwo Adesina/Channels TV.

3:00 pm: Below is the list of states whose delegates have arrived at the venue:

Lagos
Ogun
Osun
Rivers
Oyo
Plateau

2:43 pm: Delegates from Rivers and Plateau states have also arrived at Eagle Square.

2:00 pm: Governor Hope Uzodimma, who is at the Eagle Square, told Channels Television that there are no new delegates for the convention. He said, contrary to reports, delegates for the exercise were the ones elected according to the guidelines of the Electoral Act.

The Chairman of the party’s Electoral Committee also re-echoed that Buhari does not have a preferred candidate to fly the party’s flag. The accreditation, he said, has ended.

1:20 pm: As accreditations are underway, delegates from Lagos State and neighbouring Ogun State as well as Osun have arrived at the Eagle Square for the convention.

1:06 pm Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, one of the aspirants, meets with Buhari at the State House in Abuja.

1:05 pm: Channels Television’s Seun Okinbaloye, who is at the venue of the convention, gives an update about the exercise. The delegates are being accredited and registrations are ongoing.

Activities at the venue are slow and guests are expected to be seated at the Eagle Square. He said the presidential candidate of the party is expected to be announced by 10 pm while President Buhari will also grace the occasion.

Already, governors of the party had made a shortlist of aspirants from which a consensus candidate will emerge.

8:05 am: The venue of the convention appears set for the business of the day with security beefed up in and around the vicinity.

RECAP: Nnamani Drops Out Of Race

Former Senate President, Ken Nnamani has dropped out of the race for the All Progressives Congress’ presidential ticket.

He made this known during a press conference in Abuja on Monday. Nnamani said his decision was motivated by the APC’s decision not to zone the presidency to the South, specifically the South-East. READ MORE HERE.

RECAP: ‘Allow The Delegates To Decide’ – Buhari 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday cleared all doubts about where he stands on the choice of a presidential candidate for the governing All Progressives Congress, APC. He declared before the party’s governors of northern states that he has “no preferred candidate,” and has “anointed no one,”.

‘Where Is The Justice?’ APC Should Have Zoned Presidential Ticket To South East – Onu

Dr Ogbonnaya Onu addresses delegates at the APC presidential primary in Abuja.

 

Former Minister for Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu has said there is no justice in having the All Progressives Congress (APC) fail to zone the 2023 presidency to the South East.

Onu stated this on Tuesday at the Eagles Square, while pitching his agenda to party delegates just before the commencement of voting at the presidential primary.

“What is very very important, exceptionally important, is that we must ensure that justice is upheld,” he said in his address.

“Naturally, it should be somebody from the South East that will replace (Buhari), and that will give the opposite South versus North and Christian versus Muslim a balance, and it will bring stability to the nation; it will strengthen Nigeria.

“The South West had eight years as president, eight years as vice president; the South South had eight years as president and vice president; where is the justice? Where is the justice?” Dr Onu asked in anguish.

He recollected how 23 years ago, he sacrificed his presidential ambition just so that two candidates from the South West could run.

 

“I held the presidential ticket for one of the three parties then, but I had to let it go in order to solve a problem with the South West, to make sure that two Olus contested for the presidency, that head or tail, one will become the president and that brought down tension within the country.

“This is what would have happened if we allowed the South East at this time,” the former minister bitterly explained.

He believes the party needs to do what is right, adding that if such a just measure is taken, then the nation will have peace and under a peaceful atmosphere, the country will prosper.

Dr Onu said he decided to run in a bid to build on the achievements of the present administration and to make Nigeria a truly great nation, one that the citizens would be very proud of.

He, however, urged the delegates in whose hands the powers to vote lie, to ensure that they exercise their duty bearing in mind that the nation needs a leader who can build a country in which every Nigerian will be happy.

Buhari Asks Delegates To Vote APC Presidential Candidate With Best Chances Of Victory

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday urged members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to remain united and avoid acrimony, rallying delegates at the special convention to consider voting for the presidential candidate with the best chances of securing victory in the 2023 general elections.

In his address at the Eagle Square in Abuja, the venue of the special convention, the President said the critical task ahead of the Abdullahi Adamu-led National Working Committee (NWC) “remains to continue to forge the unity of purpose among party members and to keep securing needed compromises in the interest of the party.”

The President, who spoke to the delegates before the voting exercise to elect the presidential candidate, urged party officials and delegates to follow due process and abide by all extant laws and regulations pertaining to the election of the party flag bearer.

He said the flag bearer must be a knowledgeable, fair-minded nationalist with a very strong belief in the unity of the country and strength of character and purpose to steer the country forward.

“My fellow party members and compatriots, I commend you for your various roles and contributions towards the successful conduct of the various APC primaries across the nation,” he was quoted as saying in a statement by his media adviser, Femi Adesina. “I commend the party stakeholders, officials, organs, and the Abdullahi Adamu-led NWC.

“I commend your efforts in organising party exercises and urge you not to rest on our achievements so far. Now we have a big task ahead: the special convention for the presidential primary.

“I congratulate all the winners, our newly emerged party flag bearers, so far, for the 2023 general elections and urge you to be magnanimous in victory, particularly towards your fellow aspirants who conceded to you. I urge you at all times to abide by the Party rules and follow party reconciliation processes.”

Chances Of Victory

“In every competitive event, there are bound to be winners and runners-up; and as such, all the aspirants who lost or conceded at the primaries, I equally urge you to maintain the spirit of sportsmanship and to stand by our great party for the next challenges ahead.

“As we go into the presidential primary, I urge all to keep to the same spirit. We must avoid acrimony and maintain the spirit of sportsmanship. The critical task ahead of the Abdullahi Adamu-led NWC remains to continue to forge the unity of purpose among party members and to keep securing needed compromises in the interest of our great party.

“I enjoin you all to be fair to all and to create a level playing field for all the presidential aspirants in the coming crucial party exercise.

“Please, follow due process in all the party decisions and I call on all party members, particularly the party officials and delegates to abide by all extant laws, rules, and regulations and to consider voting for the presidential candidate with the best chances of securing victory for our great party in the coming general elections,” the President added.

Underscoring that the principal challenge before the party was the need to keep a united front, the President affirmed that the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party has vested its powers in NWC for the time being, as requested, and in compliance with the party constitution, to ensure smooth party administration and operations in these critical times in the overall interest of the party.

President Buhari, therefore, assured the party chairman and the entire NWC members of his support.

“Please do not hesitate to call on me and all other appropriate quarters for the help that will propel our great party to the victory that we all seek,” he said. “To ensure a hitch-free presidential primary, please let us work collectively in the interest of our great party and our great country.”

Respected In Africa

On governance issues and how his administration has steered the ship of state in the last seven years, the President declared that the APC government, in spite of inheriting a nearly dead economy, has made substantial progress in implementing reforms, providing infrastructure and social care and redeeming Nigeria’s image in the international community.

”Fellow delegates, fellow men, women, youth, citizens of our country. Many people have short memories. But let us remember the situation we inherited. A nearly dead economy in spite of oil being over $100 per barrel for many years, vast areas of our country under insurgent control, salaries, wages, pensions unpaid for months in many states; problems were left unattended or ignored,” he said. “Infrastructure left to decay. Internationally we were despised.

”Your APC government has changed all that. Our response to any new challenges, whether banditry, kidnappings, or insurgency has been prompt and head-on. Rehabilitation of infrastructure has taken place on a massive scale. Our response to COVID-19 is second to none in Africa.

”We have made substantial progress in governance, in implementing reforms, in democratic processes, and in social care. We are now respected in Africa and across the world. These major achievements by APC are historic and far-reaching.

”We now have to choose a leadership not just to win elections next year but to continue and improve on these landmarks. We must choose a knowledgeable, fair-minded nationalist with a very strong belief in the unity of our nation, Nigeria, and strength of character and purpose to steer the country forward. We should not allow the PDP to drag the country backward.”

GLADIATORS: Meet The 23 APC Presidential Hopefuls

 

Twenty-three aspirants are expected to participate in the special convention to elect the presidential flagbearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the 2023 general elections.

This comes amid drama and controversy over the call for a consensus candidate and the zoning of the party’s ticket to the South.

At the end of the exercise, one of the 23 aspirants is expected to emerge as the party’s flagbearer to contest the presidential election in the forthcoming polls.

Read the brief profile of the aspirants below:

Yemi Osinbajo (Ogun)

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo SAN presides over the National Economic Council Meeting in the State House on October 15, 2021.
A file photo of the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

 

Osinbajo, 65, a professor of law and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, is the incumbent Vice President, a position he has held since May 2015.

He also served as the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in Lagos State between 1999 and 2007.


Ahmad Lawan (Yobe)

A file photo of the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, during plenary at the upper chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.
A file photo of the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, during plenary at the upper chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.

 

Lawan, 63, is the President of the 9th Senate and represents Yobe North senatorial district in the upper chamber of the National Assembly.

Before his election into the Senate in 2007, he had represented Bade/Jakusko Constituency in the House of Representatives since 1999.


Bola Tinubu (Lagos)

A file photo of a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

 

Tinubu, 70, is a two-term governor of Lagos State who held office between 1999 and 2007. He was also the senator for Lagos West during the brief Third Republic.

Since his exit from office in 2007, he has been actively participating in politics, including the creation of parties long side other critical political actors in the country.


Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti)

A screenshot taken on March 27, 2021, shows Ekiti State governor, Kayode Fayemi, during an interview on Channels Television’s Hard Copy.

 

Fayemi, 57, is the incumbent governor of Ekiti State and chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF).

He previously served as governor between 2010 and 2014, as well as Minister of Solid Minerals Development from 2015 to 2018, when he resigned to contest for a second time as Governor of Ekiti State.


Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom)

A file photo of the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio.

 

Akpabio, 59, is the immediate past Minister of Niger Delta Affairs who recently resigned to pursue his presidential aspiration.

Before joining President Buhari’s cabinet, he was a two-term governor of Akwa Ibom State from 2007 to 2015, and a former Senate Minority Leader.


Dimeji Bankole (Ogun)

A file photo of Mr Dimeji Bankole (left).

 

Bankole, 52, is the youngest Speaker of the House of Representatives who held office between 2003 and 2011, elected at the age of 37.

In 2019, he contested the Ogun State governorship election on the platform of the Action Democratic Party (ADP).


Tein Jack-Rich (Rivers)

A file photo of Mr Tein Jack-Rich.

 

Jack-Rich, 48, is an oil magnate who hails from Rivers State in the south-southern part of the country.

He is a multidimensional strategic thinker, a motivator, and a strong believer in the greater Nigeria.


Abubakar Badaru (Jigawa)

A file photo of Jigawa State Governor, Mohammed Badaru.

 

Badaru, 59, is the fourth democratically elected and incumbent governor of Jigawa State who has been in office since 2015.

At the national level, he serves as Chairman of the Presidential Committee on Fertiliser, as well as that of the Presidential Committee on Non-oil Revenue.


Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun)

A file photo of former governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun.

 

Amosun, 64, is a former governor of Ogun State who served from 2011 to 2019, and was a two-term senator, after an unsuccessful bid in April 2007.

He first served as an elected senator for Ogun Central district from April 2003 to April 2007 and was re-elected in 2019.


Rochas Okorocha (Imo)

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday stormed the residence of former Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha.
A file photo of former Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha.

 

Okorocha, 59, is the incumbent lawmaker representing Imo West senatorial district in the upper chamber of the National Assembly.

Before his election in 2019, Senator Okorocha served two terms as governor of Imo State between 2011 and 2019.


Tunde Bakare (Ogun)

A file photo of Pastor Tunde Bakare.

 

Bakare, 67, is a popular pastor and Serving Overseer of Global Citadel Community Church (CGCC).

He was the vice-presidential candidate and running mate of President Buhari in the 2011 presidential elections.


Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers)

A file photo of Mr Rotimi Amaechi.

 

Amaechi, 57, served as the Minister of Transportation up until May 2022 when he resigned to contest for the presidency.

Before he joined the President’s cabinet in 2015, he was the governor of Rivers State from 2007 to 2015, and Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly from 1999 to 2007.


Emeka Nwajiuba (Imo)

A file photo of the former Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba.

 

Nwajiuba, 54, is a politician and lawyer, as well as the immediate past Minister of State for Education, a position he held until resigned after declaring to contest for presidency.

He had previously served as the Chairman of TETFund Board of Trustees.


Nicholas Felix (Edo)

Third-Place Winner In Presidential Election Thanks Nigerians
A file photo of a former presidential candidate, Nicolas Felix.

 

Felix, 40, is a US-based Nigerian pastor of the Miracle Church International who is aspiring to be president on the APC platform.

It is his second attempt to occupy the highest office in the land, having come third behind President Buhari and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar in the 2019 presidential election.


Uju Ken-Ohanenye (Anambra)

A file photo of Mrs Uju Ken-Ohanenye.

 

Ken-Ohanenye, who was born on 24 January in the 1970s, is a lawyer and entrepreneur.

She is the only female of the 23 presidential hopefuls seeking to emerge as the candidate of the ruling party, to contest the election in 2023.


Ajayi Boroffice (Ondo)

A file photo of the Deputy Senate Majority Leader, Senator Ajayi Boroffice.

 

Boroffice, 73, is the lawmaker representing Ondo North senatorial district in the upper chamber of the National Assembly since 2011.

He was first elected on the platform of the Labour Party before he joined Action Congress of Nigeria, then APC where he is seeking to win the party’s presidential ticket.


Ken Nnamani (Enugu)

A file photo of former Senate President, Ken Nnamani.

 

Nnamani, 73, is an APC chieftain who served as the President of the Senate of Nigeria from 2005 to 2007.

Before joining the APC, he was elected to the Senate in 2003 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to represent Enugu East senatorial district and served until 2007.


David Umahi (Ebonyi)

Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi is unbothered by defections to the APC in Nigeria
A file photo of Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi.

 

Umahi, 57, is a two-term and incumbent governor of Ebonyi State – a position he has held since 2015. He won both elections on the PDP platform.

Before his emergence as governor, Umahi served as deputy governor under the administration of former Governor Martin Elechi.


Ogbonnaya Onu (Ebonyi)

A file photo of Mr Ogbonaya Onu.

 

Onu, 70, was the Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation under President Buhari’s administration. A position he held since 2015, he is a two-term and longest-serving minister in the history of the ministry.

He was also the first civilian governor of Abia State between January 1992 and November 1993.


Ben Ayade (Cross River)

A file photo of Cross River State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade. Twitter: @senatorbenayade

 

Ayade, 54, is the incumbent governor of Cross River State and is in his second term in office. He ran successfully for the office of governor twice on the PDP platform before he joined APC in May 2021.

Before he became governor, Ayade represented one of the three senatorial districts of the state between 2011 and 2015.


Yahaya Bello (Kogi)

A file photo of Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello.

 

Bello, 46, has served as the governor of Kogi State since 2016. He is said to be the youngest executive governor of a state in the country.


Ikeobasi Mokelu (Anambra)

A file photo of Mr Ikeobasi Mokelu.

 

Mokelu is a former Minister of Information under the military regime of late General Sani Abacha.

He is said to be the last presidential aspirant to pick the nomination and expression of interest forms of the ruling party.


Sani Yerima (Zamfara)

Yerima, 61, was a two-term governor of Zamfara State who held office from May 1999 to May 2007.

Thereafter, he served as the senator representing Zamfara West from 2007 to 2019.

A file photo of former Zamfara State Governor, Senator Sani Yerima.

[UPDATED] Akpabio, Amosun, Fayemi, Four Others Step Down For Bola Tinubu

 

A presidential hopeful of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, on Tuesday secured the support of some of his fellow aspirants to get the party’s ticket as they took turns to announce that they were stepping down for him.

These aspirants later beckoned on their teeming supporters who stormed the venue of the APC presidential primary to vote for Tinubu when it was time for the election.

First of the presidential aspirants to announce his withdrawal from the primary to support his co-contender in the race was Senator Godswill Akpabio.

Senator Akpabio, who recently resigned his appointment as the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, announced his withdrawal on Tuesday in Abuja.

He explained that he took the decision to step down for the APC chieftain in the interest of the party and the nation, and asked his supporters to pitch their tents with the former Lagos State governor.

The former minister was addressing a crowd of APC faithful comprising party leaders, delegates, and other supporters at the Eagle Square, the venue of the presidential convention in the nation’s capital.

Similarly, six other aspirants mounted the podium to announce their withdrawal from the contest for the APC presidential ticket and subsequent support for Tinubu.

They are former governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun; Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State; former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole; Governor Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa; Senator Ajayi Boroffice; and the only female in the contest, Uju Ken-Ohanenye.

Akpabio Steps Down


Amosun Steps Down


Fayemi Steps Down


Bankole Steps Down


Badaru Steps Down


Boroffice Steps Down

 

This is a developing story, please check back for the updated version…

APC Presidential Panel Screens Osinbajo, Akpabio, Bankole, Others

A file photo of the APC flag.

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) continued the screening of its presidential aspirants on Tuesday ahead of the party’s primary scheduled to take place between June 6 and 8.

A total of 11 presidential hopefuls are expected to appear before the APC Presidential Screening Committee led by a former Edo State governor and former APC national chairman, John Oyegun.

They include the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo; the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan; Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio; former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole; and oil magnate, Tein Jack Rich.

READ ALSO: APC Screens Presidential Aspirants Ahead Of Primary

Others are former Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Ogbonnaya Onu; Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River, Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi, former Minister of Information under the late General Sani Abacha regime, Ikeobasi Mokelu.

Former governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha, is also expected to appear before the panel after he was granted bail by a Federal High Court in Abuja in an alleged N2.9 billion fraud case being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

As of 1pm, only the presidential hopefuls — Professor Osinbajo, former Speaker Bankole, and Senator Akpabio — have visited the screening venue while others are still expected.

The APC panel had screened 12 presidential hopefuls in the course of the exercise expected to last two days at Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja.

Those who defended their presidential ambitions on Monday include Governor Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa; former governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun; popular Pastor Tunde Bakare, former governor of Zamfara State, Sani Yerima, APC chieftain, Bola Tinubu; and former governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi.

Others are former Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba; former presidential candidate, Nicholas Felix; a female aspirant, Uju Ken-Ohanenye; Ondo North Senator, Ajayi Boroffice; a former Senate President, Ken Nnamani; Governor David Umahi Ebonyi.

Channels Television had reported that 28 aspirants picked the APC presidential nomination and expression of interest forms sold at N100 million.

While the presidential hopefuls paid for the forms themselves in some cases, various interest groups purchased the nomination tickets for their preferred aspirants – a move that was rejected by some of the beneficiaries.

Among those who have publicly rejected the APC nomination and expression of interest forms purchased for them included the former President Goodluck Jonathan and the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr Akinwumi Adesina.

Besides the duo, the APC has also dropped the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige; Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva; and Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, from aspirants to be screened by its panel.

Shun Violence In Osun APC Governorship Primary, Aregbesola Tells Supporters

This photo shows former Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola (first from right), addressing a crowd of supporters. Source: Facebook

 

Former Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, has appealed to his supporters to conduct themselves in a peaceful manner as they participate in the governorship primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.

He made the appeal on Saturday as the party conducts the exercise to select its candidate in the forthcoming election scheduled to hold on July 16, as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

“Another electoral cycle has rolled by, and we are now in that season again in Osun. We should thank God for the democratic right to participate in the electoral process of electing our leaders,” said Aregbesola who serves as the Minister of Interior in President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet.

“As you all know, this is a two-staged process. The first is intra-party, meaning that our party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), will democratically nominate its candidate. The second stage, inter-party, will take place in a state-wide election sometime in July, God willing.

“For this first stage, I am appealing to all our party members to participate peacefully in the primary election taking place today. They should avoid any form of violence, brigandage, and disorderliness.

“Our party members, especially our supporters, should be resolute to cast their vote, not to be intimidated and scared away. But they should portray themselves and the party in the best form in comportment, organisation, and promotion of societal peace and tranquillity,” he pleaded.

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There has been a division within the ruling party in the state recently following a disagreement between incumbent Governor Adegboyega Oyetola and his predecessor.

As a result, Aregbesola seek to unseat Oyetola whom he supported to succeed him in September 2018. Senator Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) came second in that poll.

The minister has now declared his support for a former Secretary to the State Government during his administration, Moshood Adeoti, as his anointed candidate for the forthcoming election.

Notwithstanding the disagreement, he asked members of the party in the state loyal to him to remember they were first a community of humans before a political community.

“Our peaceful coexistence, therefore, supersedes every other activity,” said Aregbesola. “The Nigerian and our party’s constitutions make provision for the expression of our preference and choice of leader every four years.

“This is the heart of the democratic process. It is an inalienable right we should take as sacred and exercise with every sense of responsibility. I am also appealing to our members to push out the women and let them lead the process by coming out decently and peacefully.”

According to the former governor, this is to demonstrate the customary dignity of women as matriarchs, mothers, wives, and daughters, which confers on them the special protection status from violent attacks from thugs and hoodlums.

“Our overall objective is to have a transparent, free, fair, and peaceful election. I wish us all a peaceful, free, fair, and successful primary election,” he concluded.

Lagos APC Primary: ‘This Is Conspiracy,’ Ambode Campaign Organisation Member Cries Out

A member of the Ambode Campaign Organisation, Tunde Bank-Anthony, has alleged conspiracy in the conduct of the Lagos State governorship primary.

Bank-Anthony in an interview on Channels Television Breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, on Wednesday claimed that there is a conspiracy against Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode and Lagos residents.

According to him, the primary held on Tuesday in Lagos State was marred by violence as delegates were harassed.

“This is not a conspiracy against Ambode, it is a conspiracy against Lagosians.

“The Local Council Chairman was going around harassing people. There are many videos trending online where people were beaten, told to vote for Sanwo-Olu,” Bank-Anthony said.

He stressed the importance of giving freedom to electorates to exercise their rights to vote without being harassed.

According to him, Ambode’s administration will end but his works will not be forgotten by Lagos residents.

“Ambode will come and go, eight years or four years. He is leaving his mark already, but let people exercise their rights

“There was no election, not even accreditation. I was in Baruwa ward yesterday. The Divisional Police Officer for Itire was with me throughout,” he added.

Reacting to the Deputy Governor of the state, Adebule Oluranti, expressing support for Sanwo-Olu as the party’s governorship candidate, Bank-Anthony stated that she was only playing safe.

His comments follow an open endorsement of Sanwo-Olu by the APC National Leader, Bola Tinubu, for the governorship candidate of the party.

On Tuesday, Tinubu explained why he withdrew his support for Ambode whom he had endorsed in 2014, saying he believes character is important in politics and that governance is “beyond bricks and mortar.”

According to Tinubu, the governor has done well during his time in office but he has not been a good party man.

APC Governorship Primary: Angry Crowd Prevents Bauchi Governor From Voting

 

An angry crowd on Monday prevented Governor Muhammed Abubakar from voting at his ward during the governorship primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The election that took place in several Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state was disrupted and voting could not take place.

Following the development, some aspirants withdrew from the election and called for its cancellation on the grounds that they lack faith in the process.
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Osun SSG, Others Withdraw From APC Primary

BREAKING: Senator Omoworare Withdraws From APC Governorship Primary

 

Three aspirants of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun State have pulled out of the contest to pick the party’s flagbearer in the coming governorship election in the state.

Senator Babajide Omoworare, Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Moshood Adeoti, as well as the Chairman of Local Government Service Commission, Peter Babalola, announced their withdrawal shortly before the APC primary election started on Friday.

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The SSG revealed his decision in a statement by the Director of Media and Publicity, Moshood Adeoti Campaign Organisation (MACO), Mr Kayode Agbaje, which was made available to reporters in Osogbo, the state capital.

APC Holds Governorship Primary Election In Osun

He explained that he has resolved to abide by a resolution of the Osun West Senatorial District wing of the party, dissociating itself from the exercise.

Adeoti added that his withdrawal was based on the credibility of the primary which he described as “a skewed and jaundiced process already designed to favour an anointed aspirant.”

However, he informed his teeming supporters that he is still very much in the race to contest and win the governorship election.

Meanwhile, the APC primary election is taking place in the 332 wards across all the local government areas of the state.

The party’s national leadership had set up a committee to conduct a free and fair primary that would be accepted by party members in the state.

Zamfara State Governor, Abdul’Aziz Yari, is the chairman while the lawmaker representing Delta Central, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, is one of the members of the committee.

With the withdrawal of the two aspirants, the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Lasun Yusuff and Speaker of the Osun State House of Assembly, Dr Najeem Salam, as well as 13 others will battle for the APC ticket.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had fixed September 22 to conduct the poll that would produce a successor for Mr Rauf Aregbesola who has been governor since November 2010.

Osun APC Primary: Members Want Governorship Seat Zoned To West

Osun APC Primary: Members Protest Governorship Zoning To West
APC flags (file)

 

The meeting of the electoral panel set up by the leadership of the All Progressive Congress (APC) with all the governorship aspirants of the party nearly got disrupted on Thursday by agitators for the zoning of the party’s ticket to Osun West Senatorial District.

The protesters booed one of the aspirants who is the Chief of Staff to Governor Rauf Aregbesola, Gboyega Oyetola, when he introduced himself to members of the committee at the APC secretariat in Osogbo, the Osun State capital.

While Oyetola is believed to be the preferred candidate of the party’s leadership of the party, the aggrieved members faulted the zoning arrangement shouting, “it is the turn of the western zone of the state to produce the next governor.”

The atmosphere was charged as the APC supporters also shouted down the party State Chairman, Gboyega Awomolo, whom they accused of being bought over by the power that be.

Despite the appeal of the committee members to calm the tension, they warned against the imposition of candidate, describing such as “unfair, wickedness, callousness, and a daylight robbery of those that come from the West.”

The lawmaker representing Delta State Central District, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, presided over the meeting in the absence of the electoral committee chairman, Governor Adul’Aziz Yari of Zamfara State.

Senator Omo-Agege asked the aggrieved members of the party to be calm, assuring them that the conduct of the primary election would be a direct one, as well as a fair, transparent, and free exercise.

He said nobody can buy any member of the party, stressing that eligible voters would have registered their names in the party’s register.

The lawmaker added that whosoever that might want to vote would have to appear in person, insisting that there would be no voting by proxy and each voter must come with his or her valid voter card or a valid membership card.

Omo-Agege assured members of the APC of adequate security for effective monitoring of the exercise while the committee would not allow favouritism, nepotism and segregation to take over the primary.