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BREAKING: Tinubu Emerges As APC Presidential Candidate



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Former Governor of Lagos State and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has emerged as his party’s presidential candidate for February 25, 2023 elections.
Tinubu won the APC presidential primary election held on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Eagles Square, Abuja, scoring 1271, votes to defeat the immediate past Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi,  who scored 316 votes.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo came third with 235 votes while Senate President, Ahmad Lawan and Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State scored 152 and 47 votes respectively.
Governors of Dave Umahi (Ebonyi) and Ben Ayade (Cross River) scored 38 and 37 votes, while former Governor of Zamfara State, Ahmed Sani Yarima had four votes.
The chairman of the electoral committee, who also doubled as the chairman of the Progressives Governors’ Forum, Senator Atiku Bagudu, declared Tinubu the winner of the PDP presidential primary elections, having scored the highest votes.
It would be recalled that 28 aspirants picked the APC presidential expression of interest and nomination forms but only 23 aspirants were screened by the party’s former National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun led APC Presidential Screening Committee.
But 14 aspirants contested during the special convention after seven aspirants stepped down for Asiwaju Bola Tinubu while an aspirant, Felix Nicholas withdrew for Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. Former Senate President, Ken Nnamani also announced his withdrawal from the presidential race.
Among the aspirants that stepped down for Asiwaju Tinubu are Chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum and Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi; the immediate past Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio; Deputy Majority Leader of the Senate, Senator Ajayi Borrofice; former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Dimeji Bankole and former Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, among others.
With his emergence as APC presidential candidate, Tinubu will contest against former Vice President Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP); ex-Anambra State Governor Peter Obi of the Labour Party and former Kano State Governor Rabiu Kwankwanso of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), among others in the February 25, 2023 presidential poll.
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