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Embattled Speaker Tambuwal, Ambode, Others Win APC Governorship Ticket



In the various states of the Federation, the All Progressives Congress, APC governorship candidates in some states emerged as the result of the primary polls have been announced and for sole candidates, their candidacy was declared as flag bearers of the party.

Some of the governorship candidates who have emerged winners of the primary in their states nclude Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto); a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and public administrator, Akinwunmi Abode(Lagos); a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nasir el-Rufai (Kaduna); and second-term-seeking governors, Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun); Abdulfattah Ahmed (Kwara) and Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo).

Others are, a member representing Andoni/Opobo/Nkoro Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Mr. Dakuku Peterside (Rivers); Olorogun O’tega Emerhor (Delta); Chief Okey Ezea (Enugu); a former Secretary to the Akwa Ibom State Government, Mr. Umana Umana (Akwa Ibom), Ibrahi Gaidam (Yobe), Umaru Al-Makura (Nasarawa) and Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara).

For one, hardly was any of the outcome of the state primaries a surprise as the candidates that emerged in states like Lagos, Sokoto, Kaduna and some others all match predictions by pundits.

In Lagos State for instance, Akinwunmi Ambode, who defeated 12 other aspirants, had remained in public discourse as the anointed candidate of Bola Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos and a national leader and financier of the APC.

For Sokoto, Speaker Aminu Tambuwal’s defection from the Peoples Democratic Party had apparently been negotiated and the APC governorship ticket is the prize.

Tambuwal polled 3,466 votes to emerge tops ahead of four other contenders.

In Ogun where Amosun was the sole aspirant, it was a smooth ride for the governor.  The primaries, which held under tight security, saw the governor securing 3,861 votes.

In Oyo, Governor Ajimobi defeated the son of a former governor of the state, late Lam Adesina, Dr. Ayobami Lam-Adesina, to secure his second term ticket.  Ajimobi polled 4,662 votes..

While Nasir El-rufai in Kaduna polled 2100 votes.  Results of the general voting exercise still coming in and we shall keep out readers updated …

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