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APC presidential primaries: Tinubu in early lead as ballots are sorted
Former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is taking an early lead as organisers sort the ballots at the Eagles Square venue of the All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential primary election.
Tinubu went into the presidential primary having an advantage over felllow contestants after six aspirants stepped down for him.
From the ballots aready sorted, the former Lagos governor is currently taking the lead.
Some of his supporters were also seen dancing and jubilating as sorting goes on.
His name has been mentioned more than any other aspirant.
Tinubu is trailed by Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
APC presidential primary: Sorting of ballots begins
Sorting of ballots has commenced at Eagles Square, venue of the All Progressives Congress National convention and presidential primaries.
Voting ended around 7:45am and sorting is ongoing the presence of agents of the different aspirants.
#APCPresidentialPrimaries as voting ends, Sorting begins immediately #APCConvention #APCSpecialConvention #APCPrimaries #APC pic.twitter.com/OklW3Dtu6G
— Nwachukwu John Owen (@johnowen99) June 8, 2022
APC presidential primaries: Voting ends at Eagles Square, amid rigging allegation
The National delegates of the All Progressives Congress, APC, have finished casting their votes at the ongoing Congress special convention in Abuja where the 2023 presidential candidate is being elected.
There are indications that a winner will emerge between APC national leader Bola Tinubu, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, and former Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi.
Earlier, Governors Kayode Fayemi, Abubakar Badaru, and ex-Governor Ibikunle Amosun among others stepped down for Tinubu.
Amaechi earlier in the night alleged rigging in the election process, while insisting on transparency in the ballot.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday night addressed the national delegates and members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, at the Eagles Square venue of the party’s presidential primaries and National Convention.
Buhari spoke after all the 23 aspirants, except for former Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, had pleaded for the delegate’s votes.
Meanwhile, Dr..Nwajiuba did not show up to deliver his speech after he was called up for severally.
Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, was the last among the aspirants to address the presidential delegates, and he expressed the commitment to continue where the current administration would stop.
The primary election proper commence shortly after Buhari’s speech and has continued this morning.
We cannot have Muslim-Muslim ticket – Nicholas Felix steps down for Osinbajo
Nicholas Felix, a presidential aspirant of All Progressives Congress (APC), has stepped down for the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
He confirmed this while making his speech at the party’s special convention on Tuesday night.
According to him, APC “must not produce a Muslim-Muslim” ticket.
Felix then urged his delegates to join him in voting Osinbajo.
He becomes the first aspirant to step down for Osinbajo.
At least six presidential hopefuls including Governor Kayode Fayemi, Godswill Akpabio, Dimeji Bankole have stepped down for Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the National Leader of the APC.
I’m not here to step down for anyone – Pastor Tunde Bakare declares
Pastor Tunde Bakare of the Latter Rain Assembly, has vowed never to step down for anyone.
The former CPC vice presidential candidate said that though they respect the other aspirants but has no intention to step down.
Bakare said that he was at the Eagles Square, Abuja to win the primary election and emerge the sixteenth President of Nigeria.
APC presidential primary: What Fayemi did after stepping down for Tinubu [VIDEO]
Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, on Tuesday night stepped down for the National Leader of the All Progressives Congressive, Bola Tinubu.
Fayemi claimed he was still young and has a long political career ahead of him.
“I have come to a necessary and difficult decision. And that is to step down.
“I am prepared to sacrifice my ambition to be president of Nigeria.
“A supporter of democracy I would like to recommend to all delegates, is to offer the support you give me to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu,” Fayemi said.
After making his speech, he walked to where Tinubu was sitting and the two men shared a warm embrace.
Fayemi then shook his hands and current Governors of Lagos and Kaduna, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Nasir El-Rufai, approached them.
Gov. Kayode Fayemi after stepping down for Asiwaju Bola Ahmad Tinubu. #APCPrimaries pic.twitter.com/Dmj1BEJyxj
— Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad) June 7, 2022
BREAKING: Gov Fayemi steps down for Tinubu
Governor of Ekiti State and chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum, John Feyemi, has stepped down from the presidential race.
Fayemi asked his supporters to vote for Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Fayemi announced his withdrawal during the party’s national convention and presidential primaries in Abuja on Tuesday.
Fayemi, who was one of the five presidential aspirants submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari by the ruling party’s governors, said the decision was to ensure that a Southerner won the 2023 presidential election.
BREAKING: APC presidential primaries: Amosun also steps down for Tinubu
Former Governor of Ogun state, Ibikunle Amosun, has also stepped down for the National Leader of the All Progressives Congressive, Bola Tinubu.
Amosun stated this at the ongoing presidential primary at the Eagles Square in Abuja.
According to him, Tinubu can do the job.
He also urged delegates from Ogun state to vote for the former Governor of Lagos state.
Amosun follows in the footsteps of Akpabio, who also stepped down for Tinubu.
Senator Godswill Akpabio steps down for Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu
Former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio, has step down for the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Ahmed Asiwaju Tinubu.
I’ve been in Senate for 23 years, Obama, Biden were also Senators – Lawan
President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, says having served as a Senator for.23 years , he has the experience and capacity to consolidate the works of President Muhammadu Buhari to move Nigeria forward. He said that just as former and current US Presidents, Barrack Obama said Joe Biden were Senators, so also he would become Nigeria’s President.
I’m most expected aspirants – Tinubu
Tinubu tells Delegates why he should be the presidential candidate of the APC. He said he is most experienced. Tinubu said he transformed Lagos to the third largest economy in Africa and has a solid political structure. He said he is best Presidential candidate move the Nigeria’s economy to another level. Tinubu vowed to fight terrorism to standstill.
Fewer number of delegates will make election manageable – Bagudu
The Chairman of the Election Committee of the Convention and the Chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum (PGF), Atiku Bagudu, has said that the fewer number of delegates at Eagle Square tonight would make the electoral process more manageable.
He said this would be quite different from what happened at the convention of the party March where the party had about 8,000.
Bagudu stated this at the ongoing national convention of the party, adding that the presidential aspirant with the highest number of bites would be declared winner.
His words: “Three delegates per local government will be allowed to vote after accreditation. There will be two voting points. Two states will be called simultaneously
“Delegates should write the name of their presidential choice clearly, while those that cannot write would be permitted to call a delegate of their choice to help them out.
“Aspirant with the highest number of votes will be declared winner. Any aspirant that wishes to withdraw must do so publicly and also sign the withdrawal form.”
All 23 president aspirants address delegates
All the 23 presidential aspirants of the All Progressives Congress, APC, are set to take turns to address the delegates
APC presidential primaries: Ex Bassa LGA boss dies in road accident
Former Administrator of Bassa Local Government Area of Kogi State Samuel Alumka is dead.
Alumka died on his way to Abuja to attend the All Progressives Congress (APC) special convention in Abuja.
DAILY POST gathered that Alumka, who is a current appointee of Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, met his untimely death in Gwagwalada in a fatal motor accident.
He contested the House of Assembly election for Bassa State constituency but lost to his opponent.
A family source, who confided in DAILY POST on Tuesday, said his remains are being transported to his country home in Bassa Local Government.
National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Senator Abdullahi Adamu warns warns Ahmed Bola Tinubu and other aspirants against washing the party’s linen outside if they fail to get the presidential ticket, saying “It’s a mark of irresponsibility and not bravery”.
Adamu addresses delegates, members as primary is set to begin
National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Senator Abdullahi Adamu , gives his opening address, asking delegates to be honest and fair. Adamu said.his national committee has worked to keep the APC together. He said the party’s healing process has been rapid, adding that.”Things are not falling apart. They are holding up.”
Buhari arrives Eagle Square
President Muhammadu Buhari arrives Eagles Square, Abuja for the All Progressives Congress, APC National.convention and presidential primaries as event is set to begin
One of APC’s national delegate dies in Abuja
Isa Baba Buji, one of the All Progressives Congress (APC) delegates from Buji Local Government Area (LGA) of Jigawa State is dead.
Buji died on Tuesday afternoon in Abuja.
Although the cause of his death has not been confirmed, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo took to his Twitter page to mourn the deceased.
His spokesman, Laolu Akande expressed sadness over the delegate’s death..”
Osinbajo, Lawan arrive Eagle Square
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan have arrived at Eagle Square, venue of the special convention of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The Vice President has refused to step down for his political benefactor, Senator Bola Tinubu in spite of the pressure mounted on him.
Also, Lawan has refused to step down despite the decision of the northern governors to cede the presidential ticket to the South.
His purported endorsement by the National Chairman of the party, Senator Abdulahi Adamu as the consensus candidate was met with stiff resistance.
Oyetola, Umahi arrive Eagle Square
The Governor of Osun state, Gboyega Oyetola and Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi have arrived at Eagle Square for the convention of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Umahi will be slugging it out with other presidential aspirants for the party’s ticket.
Lalong, Ngige arrive Eagle Square
The Governor of Plateau state, Simon Lalong and the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige have arrived at Eagle Square for the venue of the convention of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
However, the ruling party has been unable to achieve a consenus with the aspirants refusing to step down for each other.
As it stands, elective convention is inevitable.
Bakare, Bakare, Felix arrive eagle square
Pastor Tunde Bakare, the youngest presidential aspirant, Nicholas Felix and the immediate past Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi have arrived at Eagle Square for the convention of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The 40 years old Felix is one of the aspirants contesting for the ticket of the party.
Bello, Matawalle, Zulum arrive eagle square amid APC consensus controversy
Kogi State Governor and a presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Yahaya Bello, Borno state governor, Babagana Zullum, and their Zamfara state counterpart, Bello Matawalle have arrived at Eagle Square.
Recall that the ruling party has been riddled with controversy over the purported endorsement of Senate President, Ahmad Lawan as the consensus candidate.
Also, in spite of the APC Northern governors’ decision that the presidential ticket should be ceded to the south, the Kogi governor has refused to step down.
The All Progressives Congress National Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu and other dignitaries such as former National Chairman and former Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has arrived the Eagles Square for the presidential primaries.
As the All Progressives Congress, APC, commences its Special convention, a presidential aspirant, Yahaya Bello, has warned the party against excluding him from the ballot.
Bello warned that excluding him from the ballot would be trouble for APC.
The Kogi State governor disclosed this while briefing State House Correspondents after his closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.
Bello said: “I’m a free citizen of the party, a qualified member of the party. I bought a form and was cleared to participate in the election, and there is no reason for me to be excluded from the ballot.
APC presidential primary: 7 aspirants reject Governors’ list, back Adamu
Seven presidential aspirants contesting under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have rejected the five names that were purportedly submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari to select a consensus candidate.
They insisted nobody consulted them before the Governors arrived at the decision.
The aggrieved aspirants made this claim in a terse statement issued in the early hours of Tuesday.
The aspirants include: Governor of Cross River, Ben Ayade; Ex-Minister for state for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba; Ex-Minister for science and technology, Ogbonnaya Onu; former governor Rochas Okorocha and businessman Tein Jack-Rich.
According to them, Buhari did not equivocally support zoning the presidency to the South and questioned the motive of the Governors.
Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State on Tuesday hinted at the All Progressives Congress, APC, producing a consensus candidate during the party’s presidential primary in Abuja.
Uzodinma, who is the Chairman of the APC Special Convention, said the party may produce a consensus presidential candidate at the end of today.
The governor said the party would conduct a free and fair election if consensus fails.
As the All Progressives Congress, APC, commences its Special convention, an All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential aspirant, Yahaya Bello, has disclosed what he would do if President Muhammadu Buhari asked him to step down.
Bello disclosed that he would obey if the president asked him to step down from the presidential race.
The Kogi State governor disclosed this while addressing State House Correspondents after a closed-door meeting with Buhari at the Presidential Villa.
He, however, noted that the president did not ask any one of the presidential aspirants to step down.
According to Bello: “I respect President Muhammadu Buhari, who is the leader of our party, and I respect APC. If the president asks me to step down, I will do; only Mr President can ask me to step down.
“Mr president did not ask anyone to step down; he only said the delegates should decide who becomes the flag bearer of our party, and he did not say anyone should be excluded.”
APC presidential primaries: Journalist teargassed, denied entry at Special Convention
Journalists accredited for the coverage of All Progressives Congress (APC) Special Convention in Abuja have been denied entry by security agents at the Eagle Square venue of the event.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that dozens of journalists who had gathered at the entrance were barred by the security agents who claimed to be acting on orders from the above.
Canisters of tear gas were fired at the journalists by the security agents who stood their ground on preventing the journalists even with their accreditation tags.
Meanwhile, Seven presidential aspirants contesting under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have rejected the five names that were purportedly submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari to select a consensus candidate.
They insisted nobody consulted them before the Governors arrived at the decision.
Loyalists of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential aspirant, Bola Tinubu have warned the party against bias.
On Tuesday, scores of them protested at the International Conference Center (ICC), Abuja.
They accused the APC leadership of replacing the names of a number of delegates.
Prominent among the supporters was Segun Dada, who sought to become the national youth leader at the March convention.
The delegates substituted are believed to be party members backing the ambition of the former Lagos Governor.
Tinubu faces a major battle as his opponents within the APC are reportedly working for a “younger aspirant”.
The presidential primary election at Eagle Square in Abuja is underway with the accreditation of delegates.
Happening Now: Tinubu supporters are currently protesting at the ICC, Abuja, as they find out certain delegates perceived as the Presidential candidate’s loyalists are not being accredited to vote in the primaries.
— Galaxy Television (@galaxytv) June 7, 2022
APC presidential primary: Delegates’ accreditation begins amid tight security
Delegate accreditation for the All Progressives Congress (APC) Special Convention for the presidential primary election is currently ongoing at the Abuja International Conference Centre amid tight security, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
NAN also reports that no fewer than 2,322 delegates from the 774 local government areas of the country are expected to vote at the presidential primary, including the six area councils of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The delegates, three from each local government area, were seen in different uniforms popularly called “aso-ebi”, especially those from the western and southern regions.
The delegates in a queue would cast their votes for their preferred aspirant that would emerge as the party’s 2023 presidential candidate.
Although 23 presidential aspirants bought the party’s presidential Expression of Interest and Nomination forms to contest the presidency, 13 were cleared by the Chief John Odigie-Oyegun Presidential Screening Committee.
President Muhammadu Buhari at a dinner with the party’s presidential aspirants on Saturday backed the rotation of power to the southern part of the country in 2023.
This limited the number of aspirants that would be contesting the presidential ticket at the primary to those from the South if a consensus candidate was not picked.
NAN also reports that 11 governors from the North had in a statement on Saturday, announced their decision to support a power shift to the South
after Buhari’s tenure.
The governors, while urging presidential aspirants from the northern part of the country to step down from the 2023 presidential race,
said, “the decision to support a power shift to the south is in the best interest of the country.”
Meanwhile, there is watertight security at the Abuja Eagle Square located in the Central Business District, venue of the APC special convention, as vehicular and human traffic had been restricted.
All roads leading to the Eagle Square had been cordoned off, with mobile policemen positioned at strategic positions.
There is also gridlock in most parts of the city, including Adetokunbo Ademola Crescent, Ibrahim Babangida Way and other areas, as commuters are seen trekking to cover some distance.
Some residents of the FCT said the day should have been declared a public holiday, while journalists slated to cover the event struggle to get accreditation tags from the convention accreditation committee as they are seen hanging around.
The ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, enters Day 2 of its presidential primaries and National Convention today.
Day 1 saw the ruling party hold meetings after meetings to reach an agreement on a consensus candidate, which we understand, proved abortive.
From all indications, it looks like the ruling party would settle for the primary election proper and allow the ad hoc delegates to decide the fate of these aspirants.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday told the Northern Governors elected on the platform of the party, that they should allow the delegates to decide, saying, “..Allow the delegates to decide. The Party must participate, nobody will appoint anybody.”
There was, however, confusion in the ruling party after the National Chairman of the party, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, was said to have picked Senate President, Ahmad Lawan as the consensus candidate of the party.
This move was vehemently rejected by the Northern Governors, some members of the APC National Committee, and other chieftains of the party.
Moreso, the Northern governors went ahead to propose five candidates for the primary election in the persons of Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Rotimi Amaechi, Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo; Kayode Fayemi and David Umahi.
The APC sold 28 forms to 28 different aspirants at the rate of N100 million each and 23 of these contestants were screened last week.
Among the 23, 13 of them were said to have passed the screening exercise, according to John Oyegun, Chairman of the party’s presidential screening committee, while 10 others were ‘disqualified’.
But the National Chairman of the party countered the Screening Committee’s report, saying that no aspirant was disqualified. He said that all the aspirants would battle it out for the party’s sole presidential ticket.
Also recall that three aspirants, namely: the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige; Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Godwin Emefiele; and the Minister of Petroleum for State, Timipreye Sylva; did not submit their forms, while former President, Goodluck Jonathan and Akinwumi Adesina did not show up for screening.
The APC has a total of 2,340 delegates who are set to cast their votes for the aspirants.
And from all indications, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Chibuike Amaechi, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and Ahmed Lawan are the leading contenders for the party’s ticket.
Among the others ready to fight it out for the party’s flag are: former Minister of Niger Delta, Godswill Akpabio; former Minister of Education for State, Emeka Nwajiuba; former Senate President, Ken Nnamani, Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello; former National Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, former Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, former Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu; former Ogun State governor, Sen. Ibikunle Amosu.
Others are Pastor Tunde Bakare, Cross River State governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, Ebonyi State Governor Dave Umahi, Ekiti State governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi; Jigawa governor Mohammed Badaru Abubakar and former Zamfara State governor, Sen. Ahmed Yerima.
According to the Electoral Act, all the candidates must agree to step down for one of them for a consensus to be reached and if this is not the case, they have to battle it out in the primaries.
The ruling All Progressives Congress has today and Wednesday to decide who bears its flag for the 2023 presidential election.
Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has already emerged as the presidential candidate of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP while Peter Obi, who dumped the PDP earlier, is now the flagbearer of the Labour Party, LP. Both men and their parties are keenly watching the developments in APC.
Follow this thread for updates and results of the APC presidential primary election.
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