Certain factors have to be considered by all All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential aspirants warming up to slug it out with themselves during the forthcoming primary election at Eagle Square, Abuja.
First, the presidential hopefuls have to take into cognizance the fact that the northern region, though with just four aspirants, has 1,257 delegates.
Another interesting point is that the south which has 19 aspirants is behind the north in terms of its number of delegates (1,068).
The number of delegates for each subregion as posted by Joe Igbokwe, a chieftain of the APC, is given below:
- SE- 8 aspirants
- SW- 7 aspirants
- SS- 4 aspirants
- NW- 2 aspirants
- NC- 1 aspirant
- NE- 1 aspirant
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Needless to say, politics is a game of numbers and shrewd politicians know better than take this fact for granted, especially when it comes to a presidential primary.
Delegate inducement: Don’t be like PDP, group sends important message to APC
Meanwhile, Legacy Transformation Initiative, a policy formulation and analysis hub had lamented inducement of delegates by Nigerian politicians as seen in the just concluded primary election held by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party.
The non-partisan group which made this known in a statement signed by Ibe Aniemeke Lawson, its national coordinator was appreciative of Nigerian youths for the non-violent atmosphere during the primary elections processes.
It also called on the ruling the APC not to toe the path of the PDP. It said it will be a stain on the reputation of the party if its delegates are induced monetarily as it was in the case of the opposition party.
3 PDP delegates in Niger state reportedly shot dead
The three delegates from Mariga local government were billed for the gubernatorial primary of the election.
Legit.ng gathered that the three delegates were killed by suspected bandits.
The gruesome killing of these delegates was announced at the PDP secretariat in Minna by the deputy governor of Bayelsa state, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo who also doubles as the chairman of the electoral committee.