Bola Tinubu, the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, has emerged victorious in the party’s presidential primary with 1,271 votes
Bola Tinubu received more than one thousand votes to defeat his closest competitors, former minister Rotimi Amaechi and vice president Yemi Osinbajo.
Amaechi received 316 votes, while Osinbajo received 235.
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 the other thirteen candidates.
Nine candidates had previously withdrawn, with eight urging their supporters to vote for Tinubu and one urging them to vote for Osinbajo.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 resigned before voting began.
They advised their supporters to vote for Tinubu, and Mrs. Uju Ken-Ohanenye, the sole female candidate, followed suit.
Pastor Felix Nicholas, an aspirant from the United States, also resigned and requested his supporters to vote for Osinbajo.
A candidate, former Minister of State for Education Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, was conspicuously absent from the convention.
Tinubu will face opposition candidate Atiku Abubakar, 75, of the Peoples Democratic Party in Nigeria’s presidential election on February 25.
Buhari, who is stepping down after the two terms permitted by the constitution, spent the days preceding the convention in negotiations with the APC’s leaders in an attempt to achieve party unity about a nominee.
“What we do here will determine the fate of the party,” said APC party chairman Abdullahi Adamu, reiterating Buhari’s demand for unity within the ranks.
We cannot enter the 2020 general election without putting our home in order.