- Air Vice Marshal Saddique Abubakar (rtd) has emerged as the flagbearer of the APC governorship ticket in Bauchi state
- Abubakar defeated six others to win the ticket ahead of the 2023 governorship election in the northeast state
- If he wins the eventual election, Abubakar will join the numerous retired military officers who have made the switch to politics
Bauchi - The immediate past Chief of Air Staff, Sadiqque Abubakar, was on Thursday, May 27 elected the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bauchi state.
Abubakar, a distinguished military pilot, served as Nigeria’s Chief of Air Staff from July 13, 2015, to January 26, 2021.
Premium Times newspaper reports that the retired air force officer scored 370 votes to defeat four other aspirants.
His closest rival, Halliru Jika, a senator representing Bauchi Central senatorial district, scored 278 votes.
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The full results below:
Faruq Mustapha = 26
Mahmood mai Jama'a =8
Dr Musa Babayo = 70
Halliru Dauda Jika = 278
Ali Pate = 0
Nura Manu Soro = 269
Air Marshall Saddique Abubakar = 370
How Saddique Abubakar started his 2023 political journey
Recall that on Thursday, May 21, Abubakar commissioned his campaign office in the state to kickstart his political career.
“I commissioned my #Bauchi2023 governorship campaign office and distributed branded vehicles to the state party office, LGA party office, and LGA advisory committee in furtherance of my campaign.
“We thank the state party chairman and his excos, dignitaries, and the great people of Bauchi for honoring our invitation to this event.
“We want to use this opportunity to call on our delegates to put this party’s interest and elect a candidate that has the will, determination, and support of the people to win the election come 2023.”
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu Wins APC guber ticket in Lagos
In a related development, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has emerged as the candidate of the APC in Lagos.
Sanwo-Olu secured 1,170 votes out of a total of 1,198 accredited voters from across the state.
The governor will now slug it out with Abdul-Azeez Olajide Adediran, popularly called ‘Jandor’, who won the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primary election to emerge as the party’s candidate for the 2023 elections in Lagos state.
2023: Aishatu Binani wins Adamawa APC guber ticket
Similarly, Senator Aishatu Binani has clinched the governorship ticket of the APC in Adamawa state.
The senator who represents Adamawa Central in the upper lawmaking body scored 430 votes to defeat her closest rival, Nuhu Ribadu, who got 288 votes.
Binani's victory makes the senator, who represents Adamawa Central in the red chamber, the first female governorship candidate of a major political party in Adamawa state.