APC Presidential primary: How the 8000 delegates will vote

APC Presidential primary: How the 8000 delegates will vote

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 9:16 am

APC presidential aspirants: L-R, Ndah Isaiah, Okorocha, Atiku Abubakar, Muhammadu Buhari

APC presidential aspirants: L-R, Ndah Isaiah, Okorocha, Atiku Abubakar, Muhammadu Buhari

About 8000 delegates are expected to vote later today to elect the presidential candidate of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in the primary taking place at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos.

Analysts predict a straight fight between former vice-president Atiku Abubakar and former head of state, Muhammadu Buhari.

In the run-up to today’s event, the two prominent candidates had hit the road, wooing the delegates in the various states.

Three other aspirants are in the hunt for the party’s crown: Engineer Rabiu Kwankwaso, the brilliant and articulate governor of the northern state of Kano, Rochas Okorocha, governor of Imo state and newspaper publisher, Sam Nda-Isaiah.

But by last night, rumours about one of the candidates giving delegates N500,000 each, about $3,000, threw the Buhari camp into panic.

Buhari, a former military leader of Nigeria, reputed for his aversion for material things, has had to borrow money to pay the N27 million fee for his nomination form and has been notably outspent at every state call, by Atiku Abubakar, a clearly more wealthy rival.

“Delegates may choose to vote for money. Or they may choose to vote for conscience”, said an observer close to the convention.

Sources told TheNEWS that crucial meetings were held up till early today to steer the election to a Buhari candidacy.

But it remains to be seen later today, whether the fire-fighting efforts have succeeded.

According to analysts, Buhari will most likely get a block vote from South West delegates and the states under the control of APC governors, excluding Kano, which is expected to vote Kwankwaso.

Delegates from other states are not quite predictable, analysts said, which leaves the contest wide open. But one analyst said he was certain of a Buhari victory and foreclosed a possible upset.

In TheNEWS analysis of the vote, we however predict a Buhari victory in at least 21 states.

Lagos: Buhari
Ogun: Buhari
Oyo: Buhari
Kwara: Buhari
Osun: Buhari
Ekiti: to be split between Buhari and Atiku. Atiku predicted to have an edge here.

Ondo state: Buhari/Atiku

Edo state: Buhari
Delta: Atiku/Buhari
Rivers: Buhari
Bayelsa: Buhari
Akwa Ibom: May be split between Atiku and Buhari

Cross River: may be split between Atiku and Buhari

Kaduna: Buhari(Buhari’s political base)
Katsina: Buhari(Buhari’s home state)

Kano: Kwankwaso

Nasarawa: Buhari

Plateau: Sam Nda Isaiah, Atiku
Benue: Buhari

Niger state: Buhari/sam Nda Isaiah
Zamfara: Buhari
Sokoto: Buhari
Kebbi: May be split between Atiku and Buhari

Adamawa state: Atiku.Atiku solid here since Adamawa is home base. Buhari too will get some delegates here

Borno: Buhari
Yobe: Buhari
Gombe: Atiku
Bauchi: Buhari
Kogi state: Buhari/Kwankwaso/Atiku
Taraba: Buhari/Atiku
Jigawa: Kwankwaso/Buhari/Atiku

Imo state: Okorocha
Enugu: Okorocha/Atiku
Anambra: Buhari/Atiku/Okorocha
Ebonyi: Okorocha/Atiku
Abia: Okorocha/Atiku

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  • sir Oscie says:

    Known???? I don’t know what you are talking about…. I can see how good the country is presently without Atiku. Please say something else because we are done with GEJ in Aso Rock. change must come

  • sola says:

    Guess you have no problem with Atiku’s known reputation for corruption.
    Nigeria will be much better with Atiku far away from Aso rock.

  • sir Oscie says:

    Atiku is clearly better prepared than other APC aspirants and other candidates vying for the presidency because of his clear and well articulated vision and objectives for Nigeria and Nigerians.
    Support CHANGE. Support Atiku2015…
    #ANigeriaForAll, because na all of us waka come.

  • Mr. Abdin says:

    The primaries of the APC is a welcome development and believe very strongly that the party is in the better position to rescue this country from its present predicament. That is why APC remain opportunity for Nigerians to make a positive change that will impact positively on Nigerians. As for me Atiku remain the best among the aspirants because of his preparation in how to move and develop Nigeria for the better.God bless Nigeria amen.

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