On Thursday, Nigeria’s ruling party, the All-Progressive Congress (APC), conducted its primaries to elect flag bearer to contest for gubernatorial elections in 2023 with the presidential primaries scheduled to hold this weekend.
The current Deputy Speaker of the Senate, Chief Ovie Omo-Agege, secured the flag bearer’s ticket of the party in Delta State. The lawmaker won with 1,190 votes in an unopposed election.
A similar situation occurred in Yobe State as the sitting Governor Mai Mala Buni, won the election with 805 votes, and was unopposed.
Governor Babagana Umara Zulum also won the primaries in Borno State unopposed with 1,411 delegates’ vote.
Another gubernatorial aspirant who clinched the party’s ticket unopposed is the Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, with 805 votes.
In Birnin Kebbi, Nasir Idris, a former Deputy President of the Nigerian Labor Congress, defeated his two other opponents with 1055 votes to clinch the ticket. The opponents, Dr Yahaya Abdullahi and Abubakar Gari Malam, scored zero votes and 35 votes, respectively.
Tonye Cole, former chairman of Sahara Energy, clinched the River States ticket by defeating three other candidates with 986 votes.
Another renowned business tycoon, Chief Uche Nnaji, won the ticket for the southeastern state, Enugu state.
There was confusion in another southeastern state as two winners emerged in the primaries. While Chief Elias Mbam won at the campaign office in Ebonyi State with 741 votes, Rt. Hon Nwifuru won at the state township stadium in Abakaliki, with 743 votes.
In Nasarawa State, Governor Abdullahi Sule secured the party’s flag bearing ticket with 698 votes. And defeated his nearest rival Dr. Fatima Abdullahi who had 3 votes.
In Kwara state, Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq won the ticket across the 193 wards in the State amounting to a total of 965 accredited votes.
Another returning governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State, won the party’s ticket with 563 delegates voting for the sitting governor.
Zamfara state Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle secured APC’s ticket in Gusau, the state capital.
In the mega city, Lagos State, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu clinched the ticket with 1,170 votes after reports said that the other candidates were not allowed into the venue.
Neighboring state, Ogun State also had Governor Dapo Abiodun win the primary election held at MKO Abiola Stadium, Abeokuta.
In Kaduna State, Uba Sani defeated his rival, a former Assistant Controller of Customs, Bashir Abubakar with 1,149 delegate votes.
Chief Tony Obiefuna of Abia State received 672 votes out of the 892 accredited delegates votes with closet rival Chief Emeka Atuma scoring 150 votes.
The delegates rescheduled Oyo state primary election to today Friday with the five vying for the flag bearers being Senator Teslim Folarin, Chief Adebayo Adelabu, Engineer Hakeem Alao, Mr. Akeem Agbaje and Dr. Azeez Adeduntan.