The former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has been declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the 2023 presidential election.
Mr Tinubu contested the primary election with nine other aspirants; Ahmad Rufai Sani, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, Yemi Osinbajo, Rochas Okorocha, Yahaya Bello, Tein Jack-Rich, Ogbonnaya Onu, Ahmad Lawan, and Ikeobasi Mokelu.
Afrika Eyes reports that the exercise was held at the Eagle Square Stadium, Abuja on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Nine of the aspirants had stepped down for Tinubu, including Ken Nnamani, Robert A. Boroffice, Badaru Abubakar, Ibikunle Amosun, Godswill Akpabio, Kayode Fayemi, Uju Ken-Ohanenye, Dr Felix Nicholas, and Dimeji Bankole.
Announcing the results of the election after 2,322 delegates from the 774 Local Government Areas had cast their votes, Mr Atiku Bagudu said Mr Tinubu scored 1,271 votes to defeat his closest challenger, the former Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi scored 316 votes while Professor Yemi Osinbajo polled 235 votes.
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State got 47 votes; Governor Dave Umahi Ebonyi State scored 38 votes; Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, got 152 votes, while Governor Ben Ayade of Cross Rivers State polled only 37 votes, Pastor Tunde Bakare got 0 votes, Jack Rich 0 vote, Former governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha also got 0 votes, Ogbonnaya Onu scored 1 vote, Meanwhile, former Governor Of Zamfara, Ahmed Sani Yarima got 4 votes.
He said that 2,322 delegates were accredited for the election, saying that 1,2,101 votes were cast with 13 voided votes.
“Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, having scored the majority of votes cast, is hereby declared the winner of the APC presidential primary election.
“He is hereby declared the presidential candidate of APC to stand in the 2023 presidential election in Nigeria,” Mr Bagudu said.