By Ayo Kehinde
With the notable exception of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State who was denied a second term in office by his party and ‘godfather’ Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu in a direct primary, the APC National Working Committee, NWC, has cleared all its first term governors for the 2019 election and replaced others that have done second term with new ones, again with the singular exception of Imo State where out- going Governor Anayo Rochas Okorocha is brazing the storm of heavy opposition within the party in the state against the imposition of his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, as his successor.
The NWC had to intervene to calm frayed nerves by suspending the process indefinitely.
Dwelling on the reasons for the indefinite suspension, National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiohmole, ruled out the possibility of recognizing results from parallel primaries from states.
He said: “There is no parallel. We are a structured organization and we are governed by rules, and these are rules that represent the contract amongst and between members of the All Progressives Congress.
“In Imo, not too good news for today and it’s not surprising. They have to learn to begin to comply with rules. They have two fake results and we are dumping both fake results – none of them is genuine and we will conduct, disband and appoint a fresh committee, electoral panel that would conduct a transparent direct primaries that reflects the will of the members of APC in Imo State, regardless of the interests and the powers that are behind any of the groups”.
Again, the NWC has settled the contentious and controversial parallel congresses that produced two governorship candidates in Ogun State by adopting the results that was supervised by its electoral committee which produced businessman, Mr Dapo Abiodun, while the one that produced Adekunle Akinlade as announced in defiance by the chairman of the state chapter of the party, Chief Derin Adebiyi and supported by outgoing governor Ibikunle Amosun, was thrown out.
According to Yekini Nabena, acting National Publicity Secretary, in a statement, the National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) announced Mr. Dapo Abiodun as winner of the Party’s Ogun State governorship primaries.
“Abiodun won the Primary Election after scoring 102,305 votes. Other aspirants scored the following: Jimi Lawal -51,153 Kunle Akinlade – 23, 443 Bimbo Ashiru – 29, 764 Senator Adegbenga Kaka – 17, 771 Abayomi Semako Koroto – 9, 610
Rising from a meeting on Thursday, the NWC ratified the reports of the various Electoral Committees and adopted the under-listed as Governorship candidates of the APC for the 2019 general elections. See list below:
- ABDULLAHI UMAR GANDUJE – KANO STATE
- MOHAMMED ABUBAKAR – BAUCHI STATE
- SIMON LALONG – PLATEAU STATE
- NASIR EL-RUFAI – KADUNA STATE
- MOHAMMED BADARU ABUBAKAR – JIGAWA STATE
- AHMED ALIYU – SOKOTO STATE
- ABUBAKAR ATIKU BAGUDU – KEBBI STATE
- AMINU BELLO MASARI – KATSINA STATE
- ABUBAKAR SANI BELLO – NIGER STATE
- BABAGANA UMARA-ZULUM – BORNO STATE
- MAI MALA BUNI – YOBE STATE
- ABUBAKAR A. SULE – NASARAWA STATE
- EMMANUEL JIMME – BENUE STATE
- BABAJIDE SANWO–OLU – LAGOS STATE
- TONYE COLE – RIVERS STATE
- UCHE OGAH – ABIA STATE
- NSIMA EKERE – AKWA-IBOM STATE
- ADEBAYO ADELABU – OYO STATE
- DAPO ABIODUN – OGUN STATE
- GREAT OGBORU – DELTA STATE
- OWAN ENOH – CROSS-RIVER
- INUWA YAHAYA – GOMBE STATE
- SUNNY OGBOJI – EBONYI STATE
- SANI ABUBAKAR DANLADI – TARABA STATE