2019: 136 aspirants battle for APC governorship slots in 29 states

The fate of 136 aspirants across 29 states will depend on delegates to determine they become governorship candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in next year’s election.

The APC claim a data base of 15.6 million members.

The primaries will be conducted either through direct primaries that entailed all card carrying members of the party to take part in selecting candidates or indirect primaries through select delegates.

On the whole, three incumbent governors are lucky, at least, for now. They are sole aspirants and will only get ready for the polls proper in 2019. They are governors Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano, Nasir El-Rufa’I of Kaduna and Simon Lalong of Plateau.

In a statement by the acting National Publicity Secretary of the party, Yekini Nabena, nine governorship aspirants were not cleared. Chief among them are two ministers, that of Communications, Adeboyo Shittu (Oyo) and Women Affairs, Senator Aisha Alhassan (Taraba). Ibrahim Bomai from Yobe State withdrew from the race.

Others not cleared included Ibrahim Mohammed Mera who is challenging Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State, Danladi Halilu from Nasarawa State, Abubakar Mamman Maaji from Niger State and Barrister Ejikeme Ugwu from Enugu State.

In Akwa Ibom State, those cleared include Obong Nsima Ekere, Senator John Akpan Udoedeghe, Dan Abia Esq., and Dr. Edet Okon Efretui.

In Delta State, those cleared are Professor Pat Utomi, Dr. Cairo Ojugbo, Victor Ochei, and Chief Great Ovdje Ogboru. Chief Osiobe Eric Okotie was not cleared.

In Cross River State, those cleared are Pastor Usani Uguru Usani, Sen. John Owan Enoh, High Chief Edem Duke, John Upan Odey, and Professor Nyong Eyo.

In Rivers State, those cleared are Tonye Cole, Senator Magnus Abe, Dumo Lulu Briggs, and Dr. Dawari George.

In Abia State, those cleared are Dr. Uche Ogah, High Chief Ikechi Emenike, Comrade Chris Akomas, Martins Azubuike, Barrister Friday Nwosu, Prince Ambassador Okey Emuchay and Prince Paul Ikonne.

In Ebonyi State, Senator Sunny Ogbuoji, Architect Dr. Edward Nkweagu, Senator Emmanuel Agboti, Obasi Ogbonnaya Obasi, Hon. Kelechi Chima, Engineer Paul Okorie, Comrade Christian, Chief Austine Igwe Edeze, and Professor Benard Odoh were all cleared.

In Enugu State, Senator Ayogu Eze, Barrister Ifeanyi Nwaoga, Akubue Augustine, Ben Eche, and Barrister George Ogara were cleared. Barrister Ejikeme Ugwu was not cleared.

Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma, Uche Nwosu, Prince Eze Madumere, Sir Jude Ejiogu, Barrister Chima Anozie, Dr. Chris Emenike Nlemoha, Sir Eche George Ezenna, Chukwudi Celestine Ololo, and Air Commodore Peter Gbujie were all cleared

In Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, Dr. Kadir Obafemi Hamzat and Jide Sanwo-Olu were all cleared.

In Oyo State, Niyi Akintola, Christopher Alao Akala, Joseph Olasunkanmi Tegbe, Dr. Olusola Ayandele, Dr. Owolabi Babalola,  Dr. Azeez Popoola Adeduntun and Adebayo Adekola Adelabu were cleared. But Adebayo Shittu was not cleared.

In Ogun State, Jimi Lawal, Dapo Abiodun, Hon. Bimbo Abiodun, Sen. Adegbenga Kaka, Hon. Kunle Akinlade, and Abayomi Semako Koroto Hunye were all cleared

In Jigawa State, Abubakar Badaru and Hashim Ubale have been cleared. In Katsina State, Aminu Masari, Abubakar Ismaila Isa, and Garba Sani Dankani have been cleared.

In Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu was cleared, while he sole challenger Ibrahim Mohammed Mera was not cleared.

In Sokoto State, Abubakar Abdullahi Gumbi, Hon. Farouk Malami Yabo, Ahmed Aliyu and Sen. Abubakar Umar Gada have been cleared.

In Zamfara State, those cleared are Dauda Lawal, Mukhtar Idris Shehu; Brig. Gen. Mansur Ali, Ustaz Ibrahim Mohammed Wakala, Sen. Kabiru Marafa, Mahmuda Aliyu Shinkafi, Hon. Aminu Sani Jaji, Engineer Abubakar Magaji and Mohammed Sagir Hamidu.

In Benue State, those cleared are Dr. Emmanuel Jime, Titus T. Zam, Akange Audu, Architect Aema Achado, Benjamin Tilley Adanyi, and Micheal Iordye.

In Nasarawa State, Sule Audu, Silas Agara, Aliyu Wadada, Zakari Idde, Hassan M. Liman, Mohammed Musa Maikaya, Arc. Shehu Tukur, Dauda Shuaibu Kigbu, Dr. James Angbazo, and Jafar Mohammed Ibrahim have been cleared. Danladi Envulu-Anza Halilu was not cleared.

In Niger State, Sani Bello was cleared but Abubakar Mamma Jiya Maaji was not.

In Adamawa State, Governor Mohammed Jibrilla Bindow, Nuhu Ribadu and Mahmood Halilu Ahmed have all been cleared.

In Bauchi State, those cleared are Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar, Dr. Ali Pate, Captain Bala Jibrin and Dr. Yakubu Lame.

In Borno State, those cleared are Kashim Imam; Prof. Babagana Umaru, Gambo Lawan, Mustapha Baba Shehu, Hon. Umaru Kumalia, Muhammad Aba Lima, Barr. Kaka Shehu Lawan, Adamu Dibal, Mustapha Fannarambe, Mohammed Jafaru, Senator Baba Kaka Bashir Garba, QS Mohammed Makinta and Babagana Tijjani.

Others are Adamu Alhaji Lawan, Mai Sherrif, Hon. Abba Jato, Attom Magira Tom, Umar Alkali, Baba Ahmed Jidda, Idris Mamman Gatumbwa and Senator Abubakar Kyari.

In Gombe State, Mohammed Jibrin Barde, Ibrahim Dasuki Jalo, Mohammadu Inuwa Yahaya, Kamisu Ahmed Mailan, Umaru Kwairanga, Abubakar Muazu Hassan, Umar Farouk Musa, Senator Idris Audu Umar and Aliyu Haidar Abubakar have all been cleared.

In Taraba State, Sani Abubakar Danladi, Senator Joel Danlami Ikenya, Garba Umar-UTC, Professor Mohammed Sanni Yahaya, Comrade Bobboi Bala Kaigama, Aliyu Omar, Chief Ezekiel Afunkuyo, Chief David Sabo Kente, Mohammed Tumba Ibrahim, Barr. Kabiru Umaru, Aliyu Omar, have been cleared. Sen. Aisha Jummai Alhassan was not cleared.

In Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni, Umar Ali Kromchi, Sidi Yakubu and Ali Kolomi were cleared.

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