Thursday, 4 December 2014
APC Holds Governorship Primaries Nationwide
The major opposition party in Nigeria, All Progressives Congress, APC, is currently conducting its primary election nationwide to elect the party’s governorship candidates in the 2015 election.
According to reports, the fate of Governors Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun state, Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo, Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara, and Tanko Almakura of Nasarawa and Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara state are already known as they are reported to be sole candidates of the party in their states.
The primary election in those states is expected to be mere formality.
It is a different scenario in Lagos state where there are 12 candidates contesting to be selected as the party’s flag bearers. Premium Times reporting from Onikan Stadium, venue of the primary elections say all the candidates are already at the venue and the election might commence anytime soon.
In Kaduna, feelers suggest former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Nasir El-Rufai may emerge the APC candidate. He however needs to beat Salihu Lukman, Haruna Kajuru, Shamsuddeen Abdullahi and Isah Ashiru in the election starting any moment from now at the trade fair complex.
In Kano, Umar Ganduje, the deputy to Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso, is expected to emerge after being anointed by the caucus of the party. Nevertheless, Mr. Ganduje will slug it out with Senator Ibrahim Gaya, Rep. Kawu Sumaila, Salisu Takai, Abba Yusuf and Rabiu Bichi.
However in Kano out the venue of the primary election is not yet known.
In Sokoto, the odds are in favour of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, who is facing Bello Gada, Lawal Bashir and Yushau Kebbi.
From Adamawa state,the delegates are presently filing into Lamido Cinema the venue of the election in a long que. The party’s flag bearer in the cancelled Adamawa bye election, Senator Mohammed Jibrilla, popularly known as Window and his major contender, Ibrahim Mijinyawa, also popularly called Yayaji are present at the venue.