LIVE UPDATES: APC holds governorship primaries in 27 states

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APC FLag waving above a crowd of party supporters during a rally

The All Progressives Congress (APC)  is conducting statewide primaries to choose its governorship candidates in 27 states this Sunday. Today will bring a verdict for hundreds of political gladiators who have been lobbying to get the party’s priced ticket to be candidates in the 2019 governorship election, which is part of the general election scheduled for February.

Due to widespread division amongst aspirants in several states over issues ranging from to zoning to potential imposition of candidates by some so-called godfathers, the party at the national level decided to adopt a flexible mode in conducting its primaries this year.

The adoption of direct and indirect primaries was the immediate solution the party could come up with. Although the party acknowledges its approach may not be perfect, the two options would go a long way in mitigating post-primaries crises that often characterise Nigerian elections.

The APC looked into existing disagreements at each of the 37 state chapters (including Abuja) and recommended either direct or indirect method, depending on which has a better likelihood of keeping members united after primaries.

The direct mode means individuals who have APC membership card would go to the primaries ground and elect who they want to be the party’s candidate. This exercise is seen as more transparent and inclusive because it gives members a say on who should be their party’s choice.

In indirect exercise, some individuals who have attained the position of delegates in party structure would choose the candidate. This method has been widely criticised for being too monetised over the years. Delegates are known to collect huge amount of cash from aspirants, sometimes at convention grounds, to elect a candidate, with the most lavish often emerging victorious.

While direct primaries could be considered cumbersome and time-consuming, the method is less prone to manipulation than indirect primaries, and all members share responsibility in the quality of leadership of whomever gets the party’s ticket.

Twenty-seven states will hold governorship primaries today. The remaining nine states include Bayelsa, Edo, Kogi, Osun, Anambra, Ekiti and Ondo, whose governorship seats are not up for contest in the upcoming general elections, and Lagos and Imo, whose primaries were postponed at the eleventh-hour last night.

Eighteen states are conducting indirect primaries today, while the remaining nine opted for the direct method.

Below is a catalogue of all states where primaries hold today. PREMIUM TIMES will bring you live updates of activities at the venues from across the country.

LIVE UPDATES

In Kano, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje is the sole governorship aspirant of APC. The party has adopted direct primaries.

At 11:28am, in Yalwa Primary School, the venue of Yalwa ward congress in Dala local government, less than 20 members of APC had arrived.

No election officials arrived yet.

A member of APC in the area, AbdurRahman Ibrahim, told PREMIUM TIMES that the reason for the low turn out of the people may not be unconnected with presidential primaries experience where people spent hours waiting for party officials who were responsible for conducting the primaries


Aspirants consider consensus candidate in Akwa Ibom
Cletus Ukpo

It’s 12:48p.m. The APC governorship primary is yet to commence in Akwa Ibom State.

A large crowd of party supporters are gathered at the state headquarters of the party, along Ikot Ekpene Road, Uyo, where the governorship aspirants are said to be holding last minute meeting on how to come up with a consensus candidate.


The Zamfara Chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC) has shifted its governorship primaries to October 1, due to non arrival of the election committee from the National Headquarters in Abuja.

This was contained in a statement issued to journalists in Gusau on Sunday by the state publicity secretary of the party, Shehu Isa.

Meanwhile, the police command in the state has appealed to stakeholders to cooperate with security agencies and abide by security measures during the primaries.

The State Commissioner of Police, Usman Belel, made the call at a security stakeholders meeting in Gusau.

This was contained in a statement in Gusau on Sunday by the Public Relations Officer of the Command, Muhammad Shehu.

Mr Shehu said the meeting was attended by heads of security agencies in the state, officials from Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the APC governorship aspirants.

“The meeting was aimed at taking proactive security measures for effective security coverage before, during and after the APC governorship primaries in the state,’’ he said.

(NAN)


APC Kano: 12:48 The election is yet to start at Filin Tudunwada in Nassarawa Local Government Area, the venue of Tudunwada ward primaries.

Former governor of Kano State, Ibrahim Shekarau, and sitting deputy governor Nasiru Gawuna are both from this local government area.

Mr Shekarau recently defected to the APC from the Peoples Democratic Party.


No consensus

1:10 p.m: It appears negotiation for picking a consensus candidate in Akwa Ibom has failed. Ata Etuk, media aide to one of the aspirants, John Udoedehe, told PREMIUM TIMES that the aspirants could not arrive at any agreement.

The party has started releasing election materials for onward movement to local government areas.

One of the aspirants, Bassey Dan-Abia Snr, told PREMIUM TIMES that APC members whose names are in the party register would vote without any form of identification. That was one of the agreements among the aspirants, he said.


Some All Progressives Party (APC) card-carrying members in Bauchi on Sunday expressed their disenchantment over the late commencement of the party’ s primaries in the state.

They told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that they were told the exercise would commence by 10 a.m. prompt, and had gone to the polling units as early as 6 a.m., and that as at 11a.m., neither APC officials from Bauchi nor Abuja had visited the units to address them.

Nasiru Ibrahim who went to cast his vote at Baba Sidi polling unit in Bauchi said he was there since 6 a.m. and did not see any official.

“We were many and have been kept in the dark; nobody came to address us; we are suspecting something amiss,” he said.

Mairo Ishaku also told NAN at Birshi Fulani polling unit in Yelwa area of Bauchi metropolis that they had been at the unit since 7am.

“We are all confused here because we have not seen any official, except security agents who have no idea as to what is happenings,” she said.

Another female card-carrying member, Regina Solomon, told NAN that she cancelled a lot of her morning activities because of the primaries, only for her to kept waiting at the polling unit.

Others who spoke to NAN also expressed their disappointment over the delay, saying that such was an indication of the likely occurrence of unwholesome practice.

However, the Public Relations Officer of APC in the state, Adamu Jalla, told NAN that although the exercise was slated to commence 10 a.m., some issues later cropped up, necessitating a shift.

According to him, all material have been despatched to the polling units, but it was later discovered that some people would want to go to their farms and church in the morning hours.

He also said that the APC officials from Abuja had yet to arrive Bauchi as at the 10 am slated for the commencement of the primaries, as such it was shifted to between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.

(NAN)


1:10 p.m: It appears negotiation for picking a consensus candidate in Akwa Ibom has failed. Ata Etuk, media aide to one of the aspirants, John Udoedehe, told PREMIUM TIMES that the aspirants couldn’t arrived at any agreement.

The party has started releasing election materials for onward movement to local government areas.

One of the aspirants, Bassey Dan-Abia Snr, told PREMIUM TIMES that APC members whose names are in the party register would vote without any form of identification. That was one of the agreements among the aspirants, he said.


El-Rufai set to be endorsed as APC sole candidate in Kaduna

Thousands of All Progressives Congress (APC) delegates have gathered at the Murtala Square, Kaduna to endorse Governor Nasir El-Rufai to run for a second term.

Mr El-Rufai is the only candidate seeking the governorship ticket of the APC.

Ahmed Mohammed, a delegate who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES at the venue of the event, said there was no need for any challenger.

” As you can see, we are all here to endorse Governor El-Rufai. I am not sure any politician will want to challenge him in APC ,that is why he is the only candidate. And come 2019, he will surely beat whoever he is contesting against from other parties.

Mr El-Rufai had not arrived the venue of the event at the time of filling this report.


4,534 APC delegates to decide Benue governorship candidate

No fewer than 4,534 delegates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are set to elect a candidate that will fly its flag in the 2019 general elections in the state.

Mark Hanmation, the Organizing Secretary of the party, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Makurdi.

He said the number comprised both statutory and ward delegates; and added that the primaries would hold at the Precious Event Centre.

A correspondent of NAN who visited the venue of the APC primaries, reported that accreditation was yet to start as no official was present.

Meanwhile, the Benue Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Bemgba Iortom, told NAN that delegates were set for the primaries.

He, however, did not disclose the number of delegates to participate in the election but that all former and serving government’s appointees under the party were automatic delegates while three others were picked from the 276 council wards in the state.

Accreditation of delegates for the primaries was yet to commence in all three venues designated for it.

Meanwhile, the police said they have made massive deployments to cover the venues for the primates.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Moses Yamu, said special forces had been deployed to NcCarthy stadium, Aper Aku stadium, IBB Square and Aminu Isa Kontangora Arts Theatre.

He, also warned mischief makers to stay away from the venues and refrain from acts inimical to overall peace of the state or face the wrath of the law.


Gov Lalong delays commencement of Plateau APC primary

Late arrival of Governor Simon Lalong to the venue of the APC governorship primary is delaying commencement of the party primary.

PREMIUM TIMES correspondent who is currently at Crest Hotel where the primary is holding reports that delegates and thousands of party supporters have been left under the sun.

Many party supporters who arrived the venue of the event early were seen complaining.

Our reporter gathered that the party is awaiting the arrival of the governor who is the only governorship aspirant of the party.

As at the time of filing this report, no delegate has been accredited.


Kano: 1:30p.m

At Kwalli Quarters, the returning officer of Kankarofi ward in Kano Municipal LGA, Umar Sulaiman, announced that 10,161 party members had endorsed Governor Ganduje as APC gubernatorial candidate.


Another aspirant steps down in Oyo

As delegates are being accredited at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Adamasingba, Ibadan, one of the aspirants, Azeez Adeduntan, announced his withdrawal from the race.

The announcement was through a Facebook post by Olaoluwa Bilau, spokesperson of Mr Adeduntan’s campaign organisation.

“One of the last seven governorship aspirants under the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Oyo State will not be participating in the governorship primary on Sunday, September 30, 2018,” Mr Olaoluwa wrote on his Facebook timeline.

He did not state any reason for the withdrawal. “Dr Adeduntan will in due course provide clarification on the matter,” Mr Olaoluwa wrote.

Unlike Adebayo Alao-Akala, a former governor of the state who was also one of the seven aspirants cleared but has also stepped aside from the primaries, Mr Adeduntan is still present at the venue of the event.

There were chit chats among delegates that outgoing Governor Abiola Ajimobi wants to reduce the contestants to four and will either endorse Bayo Adelabu, former Deputy-Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, or Joseph Tegbe.

It was gathered Mr Alao-Akala has advised his supporters to stay away from the primaries.

“Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala wishes to state categorically and put the leadership of the party and the general public on notice that Governor Abiola Ajimobi has perfected plans to impose one Joseph Olasunkanmi Tegbe on delegates as he has sent his foot soldiers around to coerce and intimidate delegates to vote for the said Tegbe tomorrow at the party primaries against their free will.” Jeremiah Akande, spokesperson of Mr Alao-Akala’s campaign organisation said in a statement Saturday.

The remaining aspirants in the contest are Adebayo Adelabu, Joseph Tegbe, Olusola Ayandele, Adeniyi Akintola and Owolabi Babalola.


The All Progressive Congress (APC) governorship direct primary election scheduled to hold across the 236 wards of Ogun on Sunday has been postponed.

This was disclosed in a statement issued in Abeokuta on Sunday by the APC Chairman in Ogun, Derin Adebiyi.

“This is to notify all party faithful and stakeholders that the governorship primaries originally scheduled for Sunday has been postponed.

“Further announcement will be made upon receipt of firm clarification from the APC National Headquarters,” Mr Adebiyi said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that party faithful had gathered in some wards for the event before it was postponed.


At 3:25pm. Madatai primary school, the venue of Madatai congress in Kano Municipal local government, the returning officer Mahmud Habib said 11,421 delegates endorsed Governor Abdullahi Ganduje for second term.



In Jigawa State, the battle is between incumbent governor, Mohammad Badaru, and his rival, Ubale Hashim.

The primary is being held at the Malam Aminu Kano triangle.

At 3 p.m., the arena is still closed and barricaded by heavy security personnels controlling movement of persons in the area.

However, political activities are going on at the local government guest houses in Dutse.

Upon inquiry, Aminu Idi told PREMIUM TIMES that “all the party delegates in the 27 local government councils in the upcoming primary are undergoing screening here.”

PREMIUM TIMES learnt that it is after the screening that all the delegates will be conveyed to the venue where proper voting will commence.


Governor’s absence delays commencement of exercise in Plateau

The delay in the arrival of Governor Simon Lalong is delaying commencement of the primary. in Plateau State.

At Crest Hotel venue of the primary, delegates and thousands of party supporters who have been waiting under the sun, are complaining about the late commencement of the exercise.

As the time of filing this report, no delegate has been accredited.

About 3150 delegates from across the 17 LGAs are participating in the primary.


4: 28 p.m. Akwa Ibom

A PREMIUM TIMES reporter is at Lutheran Primary School, Itiam Etoi, Ward 4, Uyo Urban, Akwa Ibom State, where a crowd of APC members are still patiently waiting for election materials to arrive.

Party members are being served with soft drinks, apparently sponsored by one of the governorship aspirants.

Most people are seated calmly on the football field in the school. Some of them could be heard saying that they are expecting money to be shared to them before end of the day.

Report reaching PREMIUM TIMES is that voting is yet to commence in several parts of the state, even when election materials were dispatched hours ago.


Oyo: Logistic problems delay process

The head of the primary election committee, Demola Seriki, says the delay in beginning the exercise was due to logistic problems.

Mr Seriki, was at four different time minister of state for Interior, Defence, Agriculture and Water Resources and supervising minister for Mines and Steel.


The 11 aspirants in the Nasarawa APC primary election have unanimously agreed to adopt secret ballot.
The aspirants met earlier in Taal hotel with security officials in attendance.


Aspirants have raised alarm over fake delegates and all those accredited were asked to go out for fresh accreditation


In Nasarawa, journalists were barred from the venue until after accreditation of delegates and all aspirants are present.


Ebonyi: Congress Committee’s late arrival delays commencement

The late arrival of the Congress Committee for Ebonyi governorship congress of the All Progressives Congress delayed the commencement of the congress.

The committee headed by Domingo Obende, Premium Times learnt arrived at about 4pm.

They immediately moved to the Pinnacle Hotel near the People’s Club field, venue of the election, where they started the accreditation.

The committee chairman had earlier in the day blamed late arrival of materials for late commencement of the exercise.

Nine persons are vying for the party’s ticket.

They include Vice Chairman Senate Committee on Appropriation and Senator representing Ebonyi South Senatorial zone, Sonni Ogbuorji, former Secretary to the State Government, Bernard Odoh; and the 2015 Labour Party Governorship candidate in the state, Edward Nkwegu.

Another aspirant is former chairman of the state Universal Basic Education Board, Austin Edeze, who hails from Izzi local government area of the state.

Others are Emmanuel Agboti, a one term senator for Ebonyi South. He hails from Afikpo North local government area; Kelechi Chima, Ogbonnaya Obasi, Christian Chukwu and former Commissioner for Works and Environment, Paul Okorie.


Bauchi food vendors benefit from late commencement of APC primary

The delay in commencement of the APC primaries in Bauchi turned out to be a blessing for food vendors as they became overwhelmed by customers.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that most party members did not come prepared to spend the whole day at voting centres as they were told the exercise will commence 10am.

However, as at 5 p.m., voting had not commenced, a development that left the hungry members with no option than to patronise food vendors for their lunch.

NAN observed that most food sellers on major streets had sold their food within a short period of their coming out to the streets.

One of the food vendors, Hajara Muhammad, said she exhausted more than eight types of dishes as at 12 noon and was going home to prepare a second batch of varieties of meals when NAN spoke to her.

Felicia Elisha, another vendor, said the barrage of customers was never anticipated, as such she was caught napping.

“Honestly, I got confused when customers rushed my food and everything got finished within minutes; at a point, I was wondering as to what was happening,” she said.

Also narrating the same experience, Fatsuma Maitama said that the profit she made was stunning.

“At a point, customers were not bothered about the quantity, but we’re rather interested in having just something to eat,” she said.

According to her, it has been a good business for most food sellers across Bauchi metropolis.

NAN also reports that sugarcane, fruits and confectionary sellers, among other, had their fair share of brisk


Oyo APC governorship now a two-horse race

Four aspirants have stepped down from the APC primaries in Oyo within the last four hours, now leaving the delegates to pick between only two contenders.

Former governor Adebayo Alao-Akala was the first to quit on Saturday alleging preference for one of the aspirants by Governor Abiola Ajimobi.

Earlier Sunday morning, Azeez Adeduntan also quit before the primary got under way.

The exercise started at 4 p.m. after the arrival of the governor, his wife and the chairman of the gubernatorial primary election committee, Demola Seriki.

Mr Seriki called all the aspirants together and spoke to them before the exercise took off.

Shortly after the talk, Joseph Tegbe, the candidate alleged by Mr Alalo-Akala as the anointed candidate, was the first to announce his withdrawal and declared his support for Adebayo Adelabu.

Olusola Ayandele soon followed suit.

However, Niyi Akintola stuck to his gun and the voting began to enable the delegates pick between him and Mr Adelabu.

The delegates did not appear surprised by the turn of events, however. A meeting overnight at Government House was said to have sealed the deal.

It was gathered that Mr Ajimobi earlier called on all the aspirants before purchasing the nomination form to have a consensus candidate but he was not heeded as eight out of the initial 30 went ahead to get the form.

It now seems expected that Mr Adelabu, a son of mercurial pre-independence politician, Adegoke Adelabu, will be the APC candidate.



Jigawa: All is set for the commencement for voting.

INEC resident commissioner in the state, Mahmud Isa, has arrived the venue, alongside other stakeholders in the election.

According to officials, voting will start at 7:p.m at Malam Aminu Kano Triangle.

The delegates are all seated in groups based on their local government areas.

While awaiting for the voting, the master of the ceremony announced the death of the state woman leader for the APC, Binta Farin-Dutse.

He said Mrs Farin-Dutse died in India while receiving medical treatment. The announcement shocked the delegates as the females among them attested to the good character of their deceased leader.


6: 21 p.m. Akwa Ibom State

Election materials have started arriving some parts of the state for the APC governorship primary, PREMIUM TIMES learnt. Esit Eket and Onna local government areas are among the local government areas said to have received election materials.

It’s unclear why it took several hours for the materials to reach the local areas after they were released.

PREMIUM TIMES couldn’t immediately reach the state Chairman of APC, Ini Okopido, as he didn’t pick calls made to his telephone line.


JIGAWA

All is set for the commencement for voting in the ongoing gubernatorial primaries election in Jigawa.

The INEC resident commissioner in Jigawa, Mahmud Isa, has arrived the venue of the occasion alongside other stakeholders in the election.

According to officials, the voting will commence by 7pm as all delegates were conveyed to the venue of the occasion at Malam Aminu Kano triangle.

The delegates are all seated based on their local government areas ready for the voting.

While awaiting for the proper voting, the master of the ceremony (MC), Sunusi Madobi, announced the death of the state woman leader for the APC , Binta Farin-Dutse


Nasarawa

There are indications that the APC primary elections might extend to Monday morning because as at 6.30 p.m., only two out of the 13 local governments have been accredited: Toto and Nasarawa.


6:44 p.m. Akwa Ibom State.

PREMIUM TIMES reporter returned to Lutheran Primary School, Itiam Etoi, Uyo, to see if election materials had arrived. By this time, darkness was beginning to set into the city. A few APC members, still milling around the school, complained to the reporter that election materials were not brought to school.

Disappointed and frustrated, they begged the PREMIUM TIMES reporter for money.

“We have not voted and we have not seen any money, so our coming out here today is a waste, ” one woman lamented.

 



Breaking: Adelabu picks Oyo APC governorship ticket

Following the reluctant withdrawal of Niyi Akintola from the primary, Adebayo Adelabu has emerged candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the 2019 election.

There were seven contestants as at Saturday until five of them announced withdrawal from the primaries, some of them endorsing Mr Adelabu.

But announcing his withdrawal at the venue of the primary, Mr Akintola said: “I feel cheated”

“I have not really benefitted anything from my struggle. I am taking this decision against the wish of my immediate family. I have listened to the advice of our party leaders, especially Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, I feel cheated and I hereby announce my exit from Oyo State party politics.”

The lawyer from Ogbomosho was Speaker of the State House of Assembly in the short-lived Third Republic.


APC Governorship Primary: One person killed in Akwa Ibom

One person has been killed in Akwa Ibom on Sunday over the governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.

The victim identified as Ukeme Efanga, an APC member, was said to have been shot dead in Ifiayong, Uruan Local Government Area, during a disagreement over the distribution of election materials in the area.

As at 8: 10 p.m., the victim’s corpse was dumped at the premises of the state secretariat of the APC, along Ikot Ekpene Road, brought all the way from Uruan.

Two persons, a man and a woman, said to be the victim’s relatives, sat on the floor near the corpse, crying helplessly.

A few APC members from Uruan stood near by, staring at the corpse.

Apart from an APC aspirant for Senate race in the state, Kufre Etuk, no senior party member was around the area.

“It is a very unfortunate thing,” Mr Etuk said of the killing.

“He was a very loyal and committed member of the party since the days of the Action Congress (ACN). He has never gotten anything from the party. And yet they killed him just like that. Who will now take care of his three children?

“I am waiting here to make sure the corpse is taken to the mortuary,” he said.

Mr Etuk said election did not take place in whole of Uruan Local Government Area where he comes from.


Kaduna 2019: El-Rufai emerges APC governorship candidate

The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, on Sunday emerged as the governorship aspirant under the All Progressive Congress in the state.

He emerged after affirmation by delegates of the party from the 23 local government areas of the state. He was the only contestant.

The voting by delegates began around 4.30 p.m. immediately the governor and his entourage arrived the venue at Murtala Square, Kaduna.

In his address, after accepting his nomination, Mr El-Rufai said he accepted the nomination as “a vote of confidence by his party”.

According to him, the party’s decision will enable him the opportunity to continue the good work he started for the people of the state

“I view your acceptance of my candidature as a mandate not to relent in promoting equality of opportunity and I welcome it as your call to vigorously continue the path outlined in the restoration programme where we committed to create for ordinary people platforms for human capital development,” he said.

The governor also thanked the party members and leaders for the vote of confidence.

“Since July 2013, we have worked together with many of you here to build the Kaduna APC as a new party that is committed to improving the life chances of our people. Along the way, we have encountered people who viewed the party as nothing more than a vehicle for their petty political and financial ambitions.

“Such persons discarded party spirit and abandoned any pretence to party loyalty once they were elected. Some others saw the APC as the cover for giving their businesses unfair access to public coffers. Many have since returned to the platform that best projects that pure pursuit of self-interest,” he said.

He promised to live up to the expectations of the electorate.

Earlier, APC chairman, Emmanuel Jekada, said Governor El-Rufai did not have a challenger “because he (governor) performed well and also brought development to the state.”


Gov Bello emerges Niger APC governorship candidate

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Niger has endorsed Governor Abubakar Bello as the party’s flag bearer for 2019 governorship elections in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that members of the party from the 274 wards trooped out in their number to affirm Mr Bello as the party’s flag bearer.

Mr Bello, thereafter, expressed appreciation to party members for the confidence reposed in him by returning him unopposed.

“It is appealing when your people have confidence in you, when they support you, when they overwhelming endorse you.

“In politics this is what is needed and I really appreciate this gesture.

“Their action has continued to humble me and I am compelled to do more in the years ahead. By 2019 our administration will continue the good works we had started,’’ he said.

Mr Bello assured party faithful and people of the state of his resolve to be more committed to the actualization of the restoration agenda of his administration.

“No doubt, there have been challenges in the years past but we had tried to accomplish some vital aspects of our set goals.

“We may have not been able to cover all sectors, this time we are determined to cover more grounds when APC is returned in 2019,’’ the governor said.

(NAN)


Jigawa: It’s 10:33p.m. Voting is yet to start. Governor Mohammad Badaru, an aspirant, arrived the venue of the occasion at exactly 10:00 p.m.

Mr. Badaru was accompanied by the state deputy governor, Ibrahim Hassan alongside senators representing Jigawa central and North west, Sabo Nakudu and Abdullahi Gumel.

Shortly after arrival, his rival, Ubale Hashim, arrived the arena. Mr. Hashim went straight to the high table and greeted Mr Badaru with a hand shake.

The greetings of the aspirants was interrupted by thunderous applause from delegates and other dignitaries in the event.

The arrival of Mr Hashim caught many by surprise as many thought he would not grace the occasion. No seat was reserved for him, another dignitary at the high table sacrificed his seat for the aspirant.


APC postpones governorship primaries in Lagos, Adamawa, others

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has again postponed its governorship primary in Lagos.

The Lagos primary, earlier postponed to October 1, has now been moved to October 2.

In Lagos, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode is fighting for his political future after being abandoned by his godfather, Bola Tinubu, and other APC leaders in the state,

According to two statements Monday morning by its spokesperson, Yekini Nabena, the ruling party also postponed primaries in at least six other states.

“The National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has rescheduled governorship primaries in the Lagos, Enugu and Adamawa states,” Mr Nabena said in one statement.

The party also noted that the mode of primaries for Enugu and Adamawa states has also been changed from indirect to direct primaries.

Many of the aspirants in Adamawa had demanded direct primaries with only Governor Bindow Jibrilla and his supporters demanding indirect primaries.

The Lagos primaries will now be held on October 2, while that of Enugu and Adamawa will be held on October 4.

In an earlier statement Monday morning, the APC announced new dates for its governorship primaries in Ogun, Zamfara, Bauchi and Abia states.

“The NWC has also rescheduled governorship primaries in Ogun, Zamfara. Bauchi and Abia States to Monday.”

Earlier on Sunday, the APC governorship primaries held in many states with governorship candidates elected or affirmed in them.

In its statement of Monday, the APC also said it has expelled the Ishola Balogun-Fulani led Kwara State executive of the party.

Mr Balogun-Fulani-led executive was dissolved by the NWC of the APC over allegations of anti-party activities. But the executive, believed to be loyal to Senate President Bukola Saraki who also left the APC, went to court and obtained an injunction.

“The National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has expelled the Alh. Ishola Balogun-Fulani led Kwara State executive from the Party,” Mr Nabena said in the statement.

The party therefore announced schedule of activities for Osun and Kwara states.

“For Kwara the schedule of activities are as follows; Monday, October 1 – House of Assembly Screening, Tuesday, October 2 – Senate Primary, Wednesday, October 3 – House of Representatives Primary, Thursday, October 4 – Governorship Primary and Friday, October 5 – House of Assembly Primary

“For Osun State schedule of activities are;
Monday, October 1 to Tuesday, October 2 – House of Assembly Screening, Wednesday, October 3 – House of Assembly Primary, Thursday, October 4 – House of Representatives Primary and Friday, October 5th, 2018 – Senate Primary.”


Masari wins Katsina APC governorship primary

Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State has emerged winner of Sunday’s governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The governor polled 5562 votes to beat two other contenders, Abubakar Isa and Garba Dankani, who scored 8 and 1 vote respectively. A total of 56 votes were found invalid.

According to a statement by Mr Masari’s spokesperson, Abdu Labaran, the results were announced by the Returning Officer and leader of the team sent from the national headquarters of the party to conduct the election, Isa Adamu.

He quoted Mr Adamu as declaring that “the total number of delegates expected was 5959, out of which 5627 were accredited.”

Mr Adamu also described the exercise as “very peaceful” and commended the conduct of the delegates.


Ebonyi:Voting still ongoing

Due to late arrival of the congress organising committee and materials from Abuja on Sunday, accreditation only began late in the evening and ended this morning after which voting commenced.

The exercise is taking place at Pinnacle Hotel along the Abakaliki-Enugu expressway.

Chairman of the Committee, Domingo Obende, commended the delegates and party faithful for being orderly and peaceful since the exercise began yesterday.

There is heavy presence of security agents at the venue with the State Security Service, Army and Police deploying hundreds of personnel.

At the time of this report, delegates from seven local governments had voted.

They are Izzi, Abakaliki, Ebonyi, Ohaukwu, Ikwo, Ishielu and Afikpo North.









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