Osinbajo, Tinubu, Amaechi, Lawan, 9 Others Await Delegates’ Verdict

Muhammed Abubakar, Reporting

Thirteen presidential aspirants on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Wednesday, morning were placed on the ballot to seek the votes of 2, 322 delegates for one of them to emerge as the presidential candidate of the party.

In the race are Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, former Lagos State Governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu; Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello; his Ebonyi State counterpart,Dave Umahi; former Zamfara State Governor, Sani Ahmed Yarima; former Imo State Governor and Senator representing Imo West, Rochas Okorocha; former Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonaya Onu; Cross Rivers State Governor; Ben Ayade; General Overseer of Citadel Global Community Church, Pastor Tunde Bakare and former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi.

The list also include Senate President, Ahmad Lawan; and Tein Jack Rich. Former Minister of State, Education, Chukuwemeka Nwajiuba did not appear at the podium when called to make his presentation.

Some of the aspirants withdrew from the race and further pleaded with delegates to cast their votes for Asiwaju Tinubu.

Those, who withdrew from the race included, former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs; Senator Godswill Akpabio; Ekiti State governor, Kayode Fayemi; former Speaker, House of Representatives,Dimeji Bankole; former Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun; Jigawa State governor, Mohammed Abubakar Badaru; Senator Robert Ajayi Boriffice and Ms. Uju Ohanenye.

Nicholas Felix also announced his withdrawal from the race and urged delegates to vote for Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

Former Senate President, Ken Nnamani, who had, before Tuesday withdrew from the race, accused other geopolitical zones, particularly the South-West and South South of indifference towards South East agitation for power shift to the region.

Ahead of voting, the Tinubu Media Campaign Organization denounced speculation that the former Lagos State governor has sealed a deal with Northern Governors to ensure that a Moslem emerged his running mate.

The Tinubu Campaign Organization in a statement on Wednesday morning dismissed it as mere rumour.

The statement maintained that Asiwaju Tinubu would deal “with all important matters pertaining to his presidential pair at the appropriate time, after his victory has been fully established by the distinguished delegates.”

The statement read in part:” We have been informed of a text message going round APC delegates at Eagle Square, Abuja purportedly from Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, claiming that with his imminent victory at the APC Presidential Primary and emergence as the party’s presidential candidate, the APC leader has now decided on a Muslim-Muslim ticket.

“This is nothing but a lie. It has no basis whatsoever.

“We enjoin the distinguished delegates to ignore this completely.

“The fake text message is a ploy by some undemocratic elements to confuse and hoodwink delegates sensing that Asíwájú Tinubu is comfortably coasting home to victory.

“Truth is Asíwájú is destined for victory and no one can scuttle this through their shameful tactics.

“Asíwájú is not known to jumping guns. He will deal with all important matters pertaining to his presidential pair at the appropriate time, after his victory has been fully established by the distinguished delegates.”

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