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APC rakes in N3.8bn from guber aspirants


APC rakes in N3.8bn from guber aspirants


This is, indeed, harvest time for the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the ruling party has realised N3,847,500,000 from the sales of expression of interest and nomination forms for the governorship primaries holding on September 25. New Telegraph’s findings across the states and data obtained from the national secretariat of APC in Abuja indicate that 171 aspirants paid for governorship forms.

The expression of interest and nomination forms were sold for N22.5 million. Governorship elections hold in 29 states in 2019. Ten serving governors are contesting return tickets of the ruling party. Of the 10 APC governors, only three – Nasir el-Rufai (Kaduna), Umar Ganduje (Kano) and Simon Lalong (Plateau) – are not facing challenge in the party’s primaries. The governors are contesting unopposed for the party’s tickets, whereas the seven others will slug it out with other contestants.

Three serving ministers – Brig.-Gen. Dan Mansur Ali (Defence), Adebayo Shittu (Communication), Usani Usani (Niger Delta Affairs) and Aisha Alhassan (Women Affairs) – are battling for APC governorship tickets in Zamfara, Oyo, Cross River and Taraba respectively. APC raked in the highest amount – N450 million – from Borno State with 20 aspirants from nomination form sales.

This was followed by Kwara State where the ruling party realised N292.5 million from 13 governorship aspirants. In Nasarawa, 11 aspirants paid N247.5 million into APC coffers for their forms, while 10 aspirants paid N225 million to obtain expression of interest and nomination forms in Taraba State. Four states – Imo, Gombe, Ebonyi and Zamfara – contributed N202.5 million each to the purse of the party with nine aspirants per state. In Oyo State, eight politicians have paid N180 million into the coffers of APC, while seven aspirants bought governorship nomination forms in Abia State with N157.5 million. Also, the ruling party raked in N135 million from six aspirants in Ogun, while similar amount was realised in Enugu.

In Benue, Yobe, Cross River and Delta states, five governorship aspirants coughed out N112.5 million per state into APC coffers. Four states of Bauchi, Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Sokoto contributed a total of N90 million to the purse of the party with four aspirants each. Lagos, Adamawa and Katsina, with three aspirants each, raised N67.5 million from the purchase of forms. APC was able to raise N45 million each from Kebbi, Niger and Jigawa states with two governorship aspirants per state. In terms of revenue generation with the sales of governorship forms, the ruling party raked in the least revenue from three states – Kano, Kaduna and Plateau.

The incumbent Governors El-Rufai (Kaduna), Ganduje (Kano) and Lalong (Plateau) have no challenge in the party primaries as no other aspirant picked the expression of interest and nomination forms to succeed them. The three governors paid N22.5 million each for their forms. As at the weekend, 20 governorship aspirants have obtained and submitted expression of interest and nomination forms to succeed Governor Kashim Shettima in Borno State. Most of the APC aspirants are serving and former lawmakers, ambassador and commissioners. Some of the aspirants are Borno State Commissioner for Reconstructions, Rehabilitation and Resetting, Prof. Babagana Umara; Nigerian Ambassador to China Republic, Amb. Baba Ahmed Jidda; Senator Baba Kaka Garbai (Borno Central); Senator Abubakar Kyari (Borno North); Umar Alkali Nasko, a businessman; former Presidential Liaison Officer to National Assembly, Senator Abba Aji; Mustapha Baba Shehuri and Kashim Ibrahim Imam.

In Gombe, nine aspirants, including Umar Kwairanga, Inuwa Yahaya, Farouk Bamusa, Jibrin Danbarde, Abubakar Muazu, Abdullahi Idris,Ibrahim Dasuki Jalo and Ahmed Khamisu Mailantarki, are in the race. In Oyo, eight politicians have purchased expression of interest and nomination forms in a bid to succeed Governor Abiola Ajimobi.

They are ex-governor Adebayo Alao-Akala; KPMG Consultant, Mr. Joseph Tegbe; co-investor in Ibadan DISCO, Dr. Olusola Ayandele; ex-CBN Deputy Governor, Mr. Adebayo Adelabu; Chief Adeniyi Akintola (SAN); Minister of Communications, Mr. Adebayo Shittu; ex-Health Commissioner, Dr. Owolabi Babalola and immediate past Health Commissioner, Dr. Azeez Adeduntan. With the defection of Governor Samuel Ortom to PDP, five aspirants are battling for APC ticket in Benue. They are Hon. Emmanuel Jime, Mr. Akange Audu, Benjamin Adanyi, Dr. Stephen Hwande and Mr. Titus Zam. Ten aspirants obtained forms for the governorship ticket of APC in Taraba State.

The aspirants include Sani Danladi, David Sabo Kente, Joel Ikyena, Garba Umar, Bobboi Kaigama (President, TUC), Prof. Sani Yahaya, Aisha Alhassan (Minister of Women Affairs), Kabiru Dodo and Aliyu Omar. They are to contend with Governor Dickson Ishaku of PDP. In Adamawa, two other aspirants – Dr. Mahmud Halilu Ahmed and Nuhu Ribadu – are challenging Governor Mohammed Jibrilla. Two aspirants are contesting APC governorship ticket in Kebbi State. Governor Atiku Bagudu is being challenged by Mohammed Ibrahim Mera, a former deputy comptroller of Customs and younger brother to the Emir of Argungu. Six aspirants are seeking to succeed Governor Ibikunle Amosun in Ogun State.

The aspirants include Senator Adegbenga Kaka, Hon. Adekunle Akinlade, Prince Dapo Abiodun, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru and Otunba Jimi Lawal. In Bauchi, three aspirants – Captain Bala Jibrin, Dr. Ibrahim Yakubu Lame and Dr. Ali Pate – are slugging it out with Governor M. A. Abubakar for APC guber ticket. In Imo State, nine aspirants – Prince Eze Madumere (impeached deputy governor), Senator Hope Uzodinma, Sir George Eche, Sir Jude Ejiogu, Chuks Ololo, Chief Chima Anozie and Air Commodore Peter Gbujie (rtd) – are out to contest against Governor Rochas Okorocha’s candidate, Mr. Uche Nwosu, the former chief of staff. Leading the pack in Akwa Ibom is the Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Nsima Ekere. Others are: Bassey Dan Abia, former managing director of NDDC; Senator John James Akpanudoeghe, former Minister of State for FCT and Edet Efruetuei. In Abia State, seven aspirants bought APC governorship nomination forms.

The guber aspirants are Chief Ikechi Emenike, Dr. Uche Ogah, Prince Paul Ikonne, Friday Nwosu, Dr. Chris Akomas, Okey Emuchay and Hon. Martinis Azubuike. With Governor Abdulaziz Yari out of the equation, no fewer than nine governorship aspirants obtained the forms in Zamfara State.

The aspirants include the Deputy Governor, Mallam Ibrahim Wakkala; Minister of Defence, Brig-Gen. Mansur Dan-Ali; former Governor Mahmuda Aliyu Shinkafi and Senator Kabiru Garba Marafa. Others are Sani Jaji, Sagir Hamidu, Dauda Lawan Dare and Commissioner for Finance, Alhaji Mukhtar Shehu Idris. In Nasarawa, 11 aspirants are battling to succeed Governor Tanko Al-Makura. Some of the APC aspirants for the Nasarawa primaries are Silas Agara, Aliyu Ahmed Wadada, Danladi Envulanza, Shehu Tukur, Ja’afar, Mohammed Musa Maikaya, Alhaji Zakari Idde, Abdullahi Sule, Alhaji Musa Nagogo, Dauda Kigbu and Hassan Liman, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN). A total of nine persons have picked APC governorship nomination forms in Ebonyi State for next year’s general election. The nine aspirants after the job of Governor Dave Umahi (PDP) are Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriation, Sonni Ogbuorji; former SSG, Prof. Bernard Odoh, Chief Edward Nkwegu; Senator Emmanuel Agboti; Kelechi Chima; Ogbonnaya Obasi; Christian Chukwu; Dr. Paul Okorie and Chief Austin Igwe Edeze. In Enugu, six aspirants – Senator Ayogu Eze, Mr. Ifeanyi Nwoga, Mr. Augustine Akubue, Mr. Ben Eche and George Oghara – have obtained APC forms.

Notwithstanding the crisis in Delta APC, five aspirants are participating in the primaries. Some of the aspirants are Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, ex-PDP National Vice Chairman (South- South); Prof. Pat Utomi; Chief Great Ogboru and Rt. Hon. Victor Ochei, former speaker of the state’s House of Assembly. In Lagos, two other aspirants – Mr. Babajide Sanwo- Olu and Dr. Obafemi Hamzat – have obtained expression of interest and nomination forms to contest against Governor Akinwunmi Ambode. With the defection of Governor Aminu Tambuwal to PDP, four aspirants have obtained governorship forms in Sokoto State for the APC guber ticket.

The four aspirants that paid N90 million for the forms include the state Deputy Governor, Alhaji Ahmed Aliyu Sokoto; Alhaji Faruk Malami Yabo, former Commissioner for Finance and a businessman, Alhaji A.A. Gumbi. Even with the crisis rocking the Rivers State chapter of the APC, four aspirants – Senator Magnus Abe, Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs, Dr. Tonye Dele-Cole and Dr. Dawari George – are battling to get the party’s governorship ticket to confront Governor Nyesom Wike of PDP in 2019. Governor Muhammad Badaru has only Hashim Ubali Yusuf, a pharmacist, as the only challenge for APC guber ticket in Jigawa State. In Niger, Governor Abubakar Sani Bello will contend with one aspirant.

In Yobe, five aspirants, including the National Secretary of the ruling party, Hon Mai Mala Buni, are participating in the primaries. Others are Alhaji Ibrahim Mohammed Bomai, Dr. Aji Kolomi Ajiko, Hon. Sidi Yakubu Karasuwa and Hon. Umar Ali. In Katsina, two other aspirants, including Abubakar Sama’ila Isa, are contesting against Governor Aminu Bello Masari for APC guber ticket. In Cross River, five aspirants obtained the governorship nomination forms of APC. They include Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Usani Usani; Edem Duke; Prof. Eyo Etim Nyong; Senator John Owan Enoh and John Upan Odey

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