– The All Progressives Congress (APC) will hold its primaries for the election of its National Assembly candidates nationwide on Wednesday, October 3
– Yekini Nabene, the acting national publicity secretary, revealed that 281 aspirants are jostling for the party’s 109 senatorial tickets
– Among those who were cleared to run unopposed were Senator Goodwill Akpabio, Senator Shehu Sani, Emmanuel Uduaghan and Senator Oluremi Tinubu
Former Akwa Ibom state governor, Godswill Akpabio, his former Delta state counterpart, Emmanuel Uduaghan and Senator Shehu Sani, have been cleared by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to contest in Senate primaries on Wednesday, October 3.
NAIJ.com gathered that this was contained in a statement signed by the party’s acting national publicity secretary, Yekini Nabena, in Abuja on Tuesday, October 2.
The outgoing Zamfara state governor, Abdulaziz Yari; ex-Nasarawa state governor, Senator Abdullahi Adamu; Senate Minority Whip, Senator Francis Alimikhena; and a former Sokoto state governor, Aliyu Magatakarda Wammako have also cleared to run unopposed.
Others include former Benue state governor, George Akume and a former national publicity secretary of the PDP, Adedayo Adeyeye.
Oluremi Tinubu, Solomon Adeola, and Gbenga Ashafa representing Lagos state were also cleared to run as the party’s sole candidates in their various senatorial zones.
Others who enjoy the same courtesy include Senator Ajayi Boroface, Yele Onogunwa, and Omotoyao Alasodura from Ondo.
Senators Ahmed Abubakar, Binta Garba, Yusuf Abubakar, Buhari Abdulfata, Tijanni Kaura and Andy Uba as well as outgoing Yobe state governor, Ibrahim Gaidam; a former local government chairman in Zamfara state, Ikra Bilbis and Suleiman Abdu Kwari are also to compete unopposed.
Two former Senate Leaders, Teslim Folarin and Victor Ndoma-Egba, are also on the list of those cleared to contest the primaries.
However, former Kano state governor, Ibrahim Shekarau will battle it out with Hajia Laila Buhari for the Kano Central ticket, while outgoing Ogun state Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, will be doing battle with Senator Adeyemi Tejuosho, and Ganiyat Oladunjoye for the party’s ticket for Ogun Central.
Senator Abiola Ajimobi the outgoing Oyo state governor, is to contest for the party’s ticket for Oyo Central with Senator Taslim Folarin and five others. Meanwhile in Nasarawa state, the outgoing governor, Tanko Al-Makura, is set to compete with Senator Salihu Hussein for the Nasarawa South senatorial ticket.
For the Borno Central seat in the Senate, outgoing Governor, Kashim Shettima will be contesting the ticket with Ali Bukar Wurge.
The current Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, is contesting the Yobe North Senatorial ticket with Mohammed Lawan Yahuza, while the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, is listed as contesting the Imo West ticket with Senator Hope Uzodinma who is also contesting the governorship of the state.
NAIJ.com previously reported that two senators of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Niger on Tuesday, October 2, lost their bid to return to the National Assembly.
The two were defeated in the party’s primary election conducted across the three senatorial districts in the state.
In Niger east senatorial district, two-time senator and chairman, Senate committee on judiciary and human right, David Umoru, lost to a new entrant, Sani Musa.
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