Bola Tinubu, the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has won the party’s presidential primary.
He defeated his closest challengers, former minister Rotimi Amaechi and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, by over 1,000 votes.
Amaechi received 316 votes, while Osinbajo received 235 votes.
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Mr. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, Pastor Tunde Bakare, Mr. Ahmed Rufai, Senator Rochas Okorocha, Mr. Jack Rich, Governor Ben Ayade, Governor David Umahi, Senator Ahmed Yarima, Dr. Ahmed Lawan, Osinbajo, Amaechi, Governor Yahaya Bello, and Mr. Ogbonnaya Onu were among the thirteen other candidates.
Nine candidates have previously stepped down, with eight urging followers to vote for Tinubu and one urging them to vote for Osinbajo.
Governor Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa, Robert Boroffice, Ken Nnamani, Ibikunle Amosun, Dimeji Bankole, Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi, and Godswill Akpabio are among those that resigned before the election.
They encouraged their followers to vote for Tinubu, as did the lone female candidate, Mrs. Uju Ken-Ohanenye.
Pastor Felix Nicholas, a candidate from the United States of America, resigned as well, urging his followers to vote for Osinbajo.
At the convention, a candidate, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, the immediate previous Minister of State for Education, was noticeably missing.
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According to reports, APC members met to determine the party’s nominee for next year’s election to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).
In the presidential election on February 25, Tinubu will face 75-year-old Atiku Abubakar of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, as well as other candidates.
Buhari, who is stepping down after serving the maximum two terms permitted by the constitution, spent the days before up to the convention negotiating with APC officials to find common ground on a nominee.
“The fate of the party depends on what we do here,” APC party chairman Abdullahi Adamu said, echoing Buhari’s call for unity in the ranks.
“We cannot go into the general election next year without putting our house together.”
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