The All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidates, including Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the party’s National Leader Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi, and others, will compete for 7,800 delegates to secure the party’s ticket for the 2023 general elections.
Aside from the trio, five other candidates have expressed interest in the race: Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State, business tycoon Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim, a former Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, and Ihechukwu Dallas Chima (IDC).
Kayode Fayemi, the governor of Ekiti State, is expected to declare after the Ramadan fast, as he has begun consultations ahead of his announcement. Ibikunle Amosun, the former Governor of Ogun State, is also planning to run in the election.
According to reports, the party had set May 30-31 as the date for its presidential primary election, in which one of the aspirants would be chosen to represent the party in the 2023 presidential election.
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Article 20 of the APC Constitution, as amended this year, allowed candidates to be chosen by consensus, direct or indirect primaries.
Through indirect primaries held in Lagos in December 2014, President Buhari was elected as the party’s candidate.
He received 3,430 votes, beating out former Kano State Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso (974 votes), former Vice President Atiku Abubakar (954 votes), Rochas Okorocha (624) and the late Sam Nda-Isaiah (10 votes).
In 2018, however, while seeking a second term, the president won through direct primaries, in which all members of the party from 774 LGAs across the country took part. The election was confirmed in Abuja primaries in October of the same year.
Stakeholders rule out the possibility of a consensus.
The moves by two of the aspirants and their supporters for the party’s candidate to emerge through consensus, according to reliable sources in the presidency, have been rejected.
Despite the fact that no one could read the president’s body language to determine his preferred candidate, a source close to the president said the contenders have been told to woo the delegates ahead of the primaries.
“I believe the issue of agreement has been set aside. Before the convention, aspirants are advised to court delegates. “We need to include all members of the party in the selection of our flag bearer if we are to win the general election,” he said.
“The preference now is indirect,” he said when asked which mode would be used. Remember that, while rejecting the electoral act, the president raised concerns about direct primaries, claiming that they are inefficient and costly. Yes, he used to enjoy it, but now he prefers indirect methods.”
Senator Abdullahi Adamu, the party’s National Chairman, recently stated that the party would conduct its primaries in one of three ways: direct, indirect, or consensus.
APC primaries Delegates’ composition
The delegates include the national chairman, one member of the National Executive Committee from each state, serving and past presidents and vice presidents, serving and past governors and deputy governors, serving and past lawmakers (federal and state), past speakers, deputies, and principal officers of the state houses of assembly, and past members of the National Working Committee, according to a document seen and analysed by this paper (NWC).
Others include members of the State Working Committee (SWC), of which each state has 17; LGA chairmen and secretaries; three national delegates from each of the 774 local government areas and elected chairmen; and LGA chairmen and secretaries.
A new electoral act could change the landscape.
The debate over the newly amended Electoral Act’s Section 84 (12) is heating up.
“No political appointee at any level shall be a voting delegate or be voted for at any political party’s convention or congress for the nomination of candidates for any election,” the section states.
Many states have asked their appointees to resign, but ministers like Amaechi and others who have expressed an interest in running for office have yet to do so.
APC primaries Delegates are divided into geopolitical zones.
According to a document obtained from the ruling APC’s leaders, a total of 7,800 delegates will vote in the selection of the party’s presidential candidate.
According to the delegate list, the North West geopolitical zone, which is considered the APC’s vote bank, topped the chat with 1, 924 votes. The APC is in charge of six of the seven states in the zone. Sokoto is the zone’s lone PDP state.
The South West geopolitical zone, which includes Tinubu, Osinbajo, Fayemi, and Amosun, is ranked second. There are 1,568 delegates in the zone. Oyo is the region’s lone PDP state.
North Central came in third with 1,278 votes, according to the document. Yahaya Bello, the governor of Kogi State, is from the geopolitical zone. Only Benue is governed by the PDP in North Central, so five of the six states are APC states.
With 1,212 delegates, the North East placed fourth. The PDP controls three of the geopolitical zone’s six states: Adamawa, Bauchi, and Taraba. South South, where Amaechi is from, came in fifth place with 927 delegates. The PDP controls five of the six states in the oil-rich zone, making it accessible to all candidates.
With 838 delegates, the geopolitical zone with the fewest delegates is the South East. The APC and PDP each have two states in the zone, while the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) only has one, Anambra State.
The Federal Capital Territory will send 53 delegates, according to the Daily Trust (FCT).
APC primaries Delegate analysis based on states
The ruling APC controls 22 of the country’s 36 states, the PDP 13, and the APGA one.
Aspirants, their foot soldiers, and supporters, according to our source, are already lobbying governors and other stakeholders for support.
This is because governors will play a crucial role in determining how their states’ delegates vote. Since the country’s return to civilian rule in 1999, this has been the custom.
According to observers, the numerical strength of the regions in terms of delegates, as well as the states within them, will play a significant role in determining who gets what among the various contenders.
While some APC governors’ positions on presidential candidates are clear, findings show that most of the candidates are working hard through other channels to gain support from delegates and other stakeholders.
APC primaries deletes by States
Ejes Gist Newspaper reports that aspirants are courting APC leaders in states where the party is in opposition, such as Bauchi, Benue, Sokoto, and 11 others.
Kano leads the discussion with 465 delegates, followed by Katsina with 384, Borno with 324, Osun with 308, Lagos with 304, Oyo with 292; Jigawa with 266; Niger with 251; Ogun with 248; and Nasarawa with 245 delegates.
Abia has 154 delegates, Adamawa 184, Akwa Ibom 165, Anambra 163, Bauchi 202, Bayelsa 79, Benue 180, Cross River 194, Delta 170, Ebonyi 154, Edo 168, Ekiti 216, Enugu 131, Gombe 134, Imo 236, Kaduna 236, Kaduna 234 and Kebbi 213.
Other states include Kogi 222, Kwara 195, Ondo 200, Plateau 185, Rivers 151, Sokoto 193, Taraba 146, Yobe 222, Zamfara 169, and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) 53.
The odds are in your Favour. Tinubu
If the indirect primary system is used, the odds Favour the former Lagos State governor, according to the document and sources.
“We have the full support of the key states that will send the majority of the delegates, including Kano, Katsina, Borno, Lagos, Osun, Niger, and Kwara,” he said. “We’re ready to go,” said one of the sources.
The issue of Tinubu’s running mate, however, is said to be the main obstacle that could derail his campaign.
“As a Muslim from the Southwest, it’s expected that he’ll choose his running mate from the Christian community in the north,” a source said.
“However, there are calls for him to look for a deputy from the core North, and beyond that, a Muslim.” I’m not sure if this will work because supporters of the move point to the Abiola/Kingibe ticket in the 1990s as an example. Things have changed since then, though.
“And the first option implies that if the PDP chooses a flag bearer from the north and a running mate from the south, they’ll give the APC a run for their money,” he said.
However, a member of the Osinbajo team claimed that they have the support of five state governors and are therefore unconcerned about the Asiwaju camp’s confidence.
“When we get the president’s endorsement, more (governors) will come in,” he said.
According to sources, Amaechi is hopeful that the majority of the people who defected to the APC with him from the PDP ahead of the 2015 elections will work for him.
The vice president and ministers are counting on Buhari’s ‘expected’ endorsement.
According to sources close to Osinbajo and Minister Amaechi, in addition to their personal efforts to reach out to delegates across the country, they are also counting on the president’s endorsement to help them achieve their goals.
Despite the fact that the duo has begun campaigns to woo delegates and other party stakeholders, one of Amaechi’s campaign leaders told this newspaper that the former Rivers State governor is the president’s candidate.
“Like our national chairman, the president will back Amaechi ahead of the primaries. Our presidential candidate will be chosen by a vote of the people. “During the primaries, the president’s endorsement will be ratified,” he told our correspondent.
“If the consensus arrangement fails, then we will slug it out at the primaries’ venue,” he said when his attention was drawn to the Tinubu camp’s push.
“Our selling point is our experience, and the delegates are Nigerians.” Everyone can attest to the fact that he is young and healthy. He has served as a legislator, governor, and now minister. This is in contrast to the aspirant who believes it is his time to be president. God, not he, is the kingmaker.”
“Nigerians cannot afford to have an aged person as their leader,” Amaechi’s lead foot soldier said, referring to the president’s statement about how age hinders his performance.
Likewise, supporters of Osinbajo’s candidacy are awaiting the president’s ‘endorsement.’ According to Villa sources, the vice president’s announcement was delayed until last week due to a lack of clarity in Buhari’s body language regarding the number two citizen’s ambition.
One of them claimed that the president will soon back Osinbajo’s candidacy, claiming that the president has been impressed by his conduct and commitment to his administration.
“Forget the bleak picture painted by saboteurs; the president supports the vice president’s ambition. “It’s only a matter of time before everyone falls in,” he predicted.
APC primaries schedule will be released on Wednesday by the party.
The party’s National Executive Council (NEC) meeting on Wednesday will be dominated by issues relating to the party’s primaries, according to the Daily Trust.
The NEC meeting will debate and approve a draft timetable designed by the NWC for the primaries, according to party sources.
It was also learned that the method to be used for the party’s primaries would be discussed and decided upon.
Senator Iyiola Omisore, the party’s National Secretary, had placed an advertisement in newspapers on Sunday inviting NEC members to the meeting on Wednesday.
However, a letter from the APC NEC to INEC obtained by Ejes Gist Newspaper revealed the following schedules for the 2022 APC primaries:
|APC primaries Categories||APC primaries 2022 DATE|
|Presidential :||May 30th to 31st|
|Senatorial District:||May 18th|
|House of Representatives :||May 16th|
|State House of Assembly v||May 11th|
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