The resignation of Boris Johnson after several of his minister stepped down from their jobs while citing loss of confidence in the British prime minister has left his seat vacant.
Among those jostling for Johnson's seat include Nigerian-born Kemi Badenoch and seven other candidates who have been cleared in the first hurdle of the race.
PM News reports that other candidates including the British Attorney General, Suella Braverman, who would be deciding the fate of Nigeria's former deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremmadu in his organ harvesting case with his wife.
The eight candidates will be competing to replace Johnson as the British prime minister and the leader of the Conservative Party.
Speaking on the process, the committee in charge of organising the leadership contest said a final announcement on the candidate who would replace Johnson would be announced on September 5.
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All the successful candidates who would go through the first round of voting on Wednesday, July 13 include:
1. Kemi Badenoch
2. Suella Braverman
3. Jeremy Hunt
4. Penny Mordaunt
5. Rishi Sunak
6. Tom Tugendhat
7. Liz Truss
8. Nadhim Zahawi
Also, two lawmakers in the parliament - Sajid Javid and Rehman Chishti - who had earlier expressed their intention to contest the position withdrew from the race before an announcement of the final list.
“There is an abundance of both ideas and talent in our party. One of the candidates will be given the honour of becoming prime minister.
“I look forward to seeing the debate unfold and to see colleagues working together as a united Conservative Party once the leadership election is concluded.”
Boris Johnson finally agrees to resign as UK's Prime Minister
Boris Johnson, the prime minister of the United Kingdom (UK), on Thursday, July 7, announced that he has stepped down as the leader of the Conservative Party.
Johnson on Thursday also stated that he will be resigning as the prime minister of the UK following allegations made against him.
There are claims that Tom Tugendhat will likely succeed Johnson after the Tory leadership election.
Ekweremadus' trial to continue or not? Meet UK attorney general who would decide in 14 days
The attorney general of the United Kingdom, Suella Braverman, is expected to decide the fate of Ike Ekweremadus on July 7.
Ike Ekweremadu and his wife Beatrice are facing charges of human trafficking and attempted organ harvesting from a child.
The duo have been accused of complicity in bringing a child said to be 15 years of age to the UK for organ harvesting.