- There are likely to be tough governorship battles by aspirants on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress
- Some of the states where these battles will likely take place include Sokoto, Rivers and Oyo among others
- Recall that governorship primaries will hold in states like Lagos, Ogun, Delta, Cross River, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Kwara
About 44,045 delegates will on May 26 troop out to elect candidates in 28 states where governorship elections will take place next year.
The states, where the primaries will hold include Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Delta, Cross River, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Kwara, Benue, Plateau, Niger, Nasarawa, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto, Zamfara, Abia, Ebonyi, Enugu, Imo, Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe states, Punch Newspaper reports.
However, findings shows that there would be stiff contests in Kano, Oyo, Rivers, Sokoto, Niger and Benue where there were struggles for the control of the party’s structures.
Speaking on how the governors will emerge, the chairman of the Kebbi state screening committee, Osita Okechukwu, in Abuja disclosed that 44,045 new delegates would elect the APC governorship candidates.
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According to him, five delegates will be elected per ward in all of the 8,809 wards in the country for the governorship primary while three new delegates will emerge from each of the 774 local governments for the presidency.
“Those five delegates per ward will go to the state and elect the governorship candidate. We are going to elect three delegates from each of the 774 local governments who will then elect the Presidential candidate."
Tinubu vs Osinbajo, Lawan: Analyst predicts who will win APC presidential ticket ahead of 2023
Meanwhile, the race for the 2023 general elections has taken many twists and turns, especially in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), where over 20 aspirants have indicated an interest in the presidential primary of the party.
However, despite the number of those jostling to fly the flag of the APC in 2023, political analysts and pundits are agreed that a former governor of Lagos state and the national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu would defeat others at the primary and win the general election.
They traced the whole issue to the roles Tinubu has been playing in the nation’s national politics since 2011 when his support for former President Goodluck Jonathan gave him victory at the polls.