APC Primary: New Delegates Template Favours emergence of northern candidate

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    YBTC NEWS —If President Buhari fails to assent the Electoral Act Amendment before the APC presidential primaries, the new delegate arrangement will favour the emergence of a northern candidate unless the APC zones the ticket to the South and takes special measures to produce a southern candidate.

    The party is yet to zone the ticket and indications show that the contest would be thrown open.

    A breakdown of the 2,340 delegates for the presidential primaries shows that the North has 1,257 delegates while the South has 1,068 delegates.

    Also, the North-West zone with seven states and 121 local councils has 558 delegates. It is followed by the South-West, which has six states, 137 local councils and 411 delegates. Both zones account for 979 of the 2,340 delegates.

    Going further, the South-South with six states and 123 local councils will have 369 delegates. The fourth zone in terms of delegate strength is North-Central (363 delegates). It has 121 local councils drawn from six states and FCT, Abuja. It is followed by the North-East (336 delegates) with six states and 112 local councils.

    The least zone is South-East with five states, 96 local councils and 288 delegates.

    Among the 23 presidential aspirants still left in the race for the APC ticket 19 are from the South and four are from the North.

    Among the Southern aspirants eight are from the South-East that has the least number of delegates; seven are from the South-West; and the South-South has four.

    In the North, North-West has two while North-East and North-Central has one each.

    The aspirants

    The aspirants from South-West are Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Senator Ajayi Borrofice, Mr. Dimeji Bankole, Dr Tunde Bakare, Dr Kayode Fayemi and Senator Ibikunle Amosun.

    Those from the South-East are Chief Emeka newajiuba, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, Senator Rochas Okorocha, Engr Dave Umahi, Senator Ken Nnamani, Mr. Nicholas nwagbo, Mr. Ikeobasi Mokelu and Mrs. Uju Ohanenye.

    The contenders from the South-South are Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, Senator Godswill Akpabio, Senator Ben Ayade, and Mr. Tein Jack-Rich.

    The aspirants from the North are Alhaji Yahaya Bello (North-Central), Senate President Ahmad Lawan (North-East), Mohammed Badaru (North-West) and Ahmed Yerima (North-West).

    With President Muhammadu Buhari hailing from the North-West, some stakeholders are fingering Yahaya Bello and Lawan and as potential northern consensus candidates for the APC ticket.

    The aspirants from the North are Alhaji Yahaya Bello (North-Central), Senate President Ahmad Lawan (North-East), Mohammed Badaru (North-West) and Ahmed Yerima (North-West).

    With President Muhammadu Buhari hailing from the North-West, some stakeholders are fingering Yahaya Bello and Lawan and as potential northern consensus candidates for the APC ticket.

    If that happens, with the huge delegates from the North, and likely division of the southern delegates among the crowd of southern aspirants either of Bello or Lawan could pick the prized ticket.

    Already both aspirants are waxing strong and receiving support from many parts of the country. Bello, recently, said he is ready for any format or mode of primary – Direct, Indirect or Consensus, saying he is the candidate to beat among the crowd of aspirants in APC.

    Zonal breakdown of APC delegates

    South-South

    Akwa Ibom -93

    Bayelsa – 24

    Cross River – 54

    Delta – 75

    Edo – 54

    Rivers – 69

    Total – 369

    South-East

    Abia – 54

    Anambra – 63

    Enugu – 51

    Ebonyi – 39

    Imo – 81

    Total – 288

    South-West

    Lagos – 60

    Ekiti – 48

    Ogun – 60

    Osun – 90

    Oyo – 99

    Ondo – 54

    Total – 411

    North-East

    Adamawa – 63

    Bauchi – 60

    Gombe – 33

    Borno – 81

    Yobe – 51

    Taraba -48

    Total – 336

    North-Central

    Kogi – 63

    Kwara – 48

    Benue – 69

    Plateau – 51

    Nasarawa – 39

    Niger – 75

    FCT, Abuja – 18

    Total – 363

    North-West

    Kaduna – 69

    Kano – 132

    Katsina – 102

    Kebbi – 63

    Jigawa – 81

    Sokoto – 69

    Zamfara – 42

    Total – 558

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