Saturday, February 24, 2024

APC convention: 2,322 delegates to elect presidential candidate

Uba Group

BY MAYOWA SAMUEL

No fewer than 2,322 delegates of the ruling All Progressives Congress from 36 states and the FCT have converged in Abuja to elect the party’s flagbearer for the 2023 presidential election.

The party’s special national convention scheduled for June 6 to 8 was expected to witness 23 aspirants jostle to clinch the ticket.

However, latest reports say that the list of aspirants has been narrowed down to six namely: APC national leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu; Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; former minister of transport, Rotimi Amaechi; former Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi; and Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State.

In North West, a state-by-state analysis of the delegates shows that Kano has 132; Kaduna, 69; Katsina, 102; Kebbi, 63; Jigawa, 81; Sokoto, 69, while Zamfara has 42.

In North East, Taraba has 48; Bauchi, 60; Adamawa, 63; Gombe, 33; Borno, 81, while Yobe has 51 delegates.

Similarly, in South East, Abia has 51 delegates, Anambra, 63; Ebonyi, 39; Enugu, 51 and Imo, 81.

In South West, Lagos has 60; Ogun, 60; Ondo, 54; Ekiti, 48; Oyo, 99 and Osun, 90.

In South-South, Akwa Ibom has 93; Cross River, 54; Bayelsa, 24; Delta, 75; Rivers, 69 and Edo 57.

In North Central, Kwara has 48; Kogi, 63; Niger, 75; Nasarawa, 39; Plateau, 51; Benue, 66, while FCT has 18.

All major hotels in the city and its environs have reportedly been fully booked and there had been a spike in vehicular traffic.

The FCT Police command had also announced traffic diversions, affecting many routes leading to Eagle Square, venue of the event.

The spokesperson for the command, DSP Josephine Adeh, said in a statement that it had also mapped out an operational order to allow maximum deployment of human and material resources for the success of the convention.

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