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“No female aspirant”, “last man standing”: 5 takeaways from APC’s official list of aspirants

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“No female aspirant”, “last man standing”: 5 takeaways from APC’s official list of aspirants

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has screened, cleared and now released a list of the governorship aspirants cleared to contest for the party’s ticket in 26 states.

The cleared names of aspirants in 10 states are yet to be released. That may be the reason why the party announced today that it is postponing the governorship primaries by a day.

We observed five things about the list released on Thursday night by the party’s spokesman, Yekini Nabena.

  1. Biggest shocker: Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan, was not cleared by the screening committee and no reason was given. Alhassan’s disqualification is shocking not only because she serves in the federal cabinet, but also because she was the party’s candidate in 2015. She lost that election but was declared winner by the election tribunal. However her petition failed at the higher courts which ruled in favor of Gov. Darius Ishaku of the PDP and dashed her hopes of becoming Nigeria’s first ever female governor. Alhassan’s endorsement of her political benefactor, Atiku Abubakar, last year however dimmed her favorability within the APC. She was queried by the party and was accused of disloyalty by influential party members including Gov. Nasir El-rufai of Kaduna. She however refused to defect to the PDP to join Atiku. Her next move would be closely watched.
  2. No female aspirant: Alhassan’s disqualification carries even more weight because out of the 152 people cleared by the APC in 26 states, there is no single woman. 10 states are still being expected, and – of course – there are scores of other parties, but on the face of this, 2019 is already looking like another bad year for women inclusion in governance in the country.
  3. Mixed fortunes for Buhari’s ministers: Alhassan was not the only minister in the federal cabinet to be disqualified. Her colleague in the ministry of communications, Adebayo Shittu, was also disqualified by the screening committee because he does not possess an NYSC certificate. It is curious that Pres. Buhari continues to retain him in the cabinet despite the clear provisions of the law. The one positive news for the Buhari ministers came from Cross River, where the Niger Delta minister, Usani Uguru Usani, was cleared to contest.
  4. What is going on in Borno state?: There is something about the situation in Borno state that is attracting governorship aspirants. Of the 26 states, Borno has the highest number of governorship aspirants – a whopping 21 people seeking to succeed Governor Kashim Shettima who rounds up his second term next year. The number of cleared Borno APC aspirants is almost double that of the state with the next highest – Taraba with 11.
  5. Last man standing: Of all the APC candidates who ran in 2015 and lost to the PDP, only one – Mohammadu Inuwa Yahaya – still has a chance of emerging candidate again for 2019. Yahaya was the APC candidate in Gombe in 2015. He lost however to Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo of the PDP. All the other APC losing candidates in the class of 2015 either chose not to contest or were not cleared.

Below is the list of cleared candidates across 26 states.

SOUTH SOUTH

Akwa Ibom State

S/N NAME DECISION
1. H.E. Obong Nsima Ekere Cleared
2. Sen. John Akpan Udoedeghe, Phd Cleared
3. Dan Abia, Esq. Cleared
4. Dr. Edet Okon Efretui Cleared

Delta State

S/N NAME DECISION
1. Prof. Pat Utomi Cleared
2. Dr. (Hon). Cairo Ojugbo Cleared
3. Rt. (Hon.) Victor Ochei, Esq. Cleared
4. Chief Great Ovdje Ogboru Cleared
5. Chief Osiobe Eric Okotie Not Cleared

Cross River State

S/N NAME DECISION
1. Pastor Usani Uguru Usani Cleared
2. Sen. John Owan Enoh Cleared
3. High Chief Edem Duke Cleared
4. John Upan Odey Cleared
5. Prof. Nyong Eyo Cleared

Rivers State

S/N NAME DECISION
1. Tonye Cole Cleared
2. Sen. Magnus Ngei Abe Cleared
3. Dumo Lulu Briggs Cleared
4. Dr. Dawari George Cleared

SOUTH EAST

Abia State

S/N NAME DECISION
1. Dr. Uche Ogah, OON Cleared
2. High Chief Ikechi Emenike Cleared
3. H.E. Comrade Chris Akomas Cleared
4. Rt. Hon. Martins Azubuike, Esq. Cleared
5. Barr. Friday Nwosu, Esq. Cleared
6. Prince Amb. Okey Emuchay Cleared
7. Prince Paul Ikonne Cleared

Ebonyi State

S/N NAME DECISION
1. Sen. Sunny Ogbuoji Cleared
2. Arc. Dr. Edward Nkweagu Cleared
3. Sen. Emmanuel Agboti Cleared
4. Obasi Ogbonnaya Obasi Cleared
5. Hon. Kelechi Chima Cleared
6. Engr. Paul Okorie Cleared
7. Comrade Christain Cleared
8. Chief Austine Igwe Edeze Cleared
9. Prof. Benard Odoh Cleared

Enugu State

S/N NAME DECISION
1. Sen. Ayogu Eze Cleared
2. Barr. Ifeanyi Nwaoga, Esq. Cleared
3. Akubue Augustine Cleared
4. Ben Eche Cleared
5. Barr. George Ogara, Esq. Cleared
6. Barr. Ejikeme Ugwu, Esq Not Cleared

Imo State

S/N NAME DECISION
1. Sen. Hope Uzodinma Cleared
2. Hon. Uche Nwosu Cleared
3. H.E. Prince Eze Madumere Cleared
4. Sir Jude Ejiogu Cleared
5. Barr. Chima Anozie Cleared
6. Dr. Chris Emenike Nlemoha Cleared
7. Sir Eche George Ezenna Cleared
8. Chukwudi Celestine Ololo Cleared
9. Air Commodore Peter Gbujie Cleared

SOUTH WEST

Lagos State

S/N NAME DECISION
1. H.E. Akinwunmi Ambode Cleared
2. Dr. Kadir Obafemi Hamzat Cleared
3. Jide Sanya-Olu Cleared

Oyo State

S/N NAME DECISION
1. Niyi Akintola, SAN Cleared
2. H.E. Christopher Alao Akala Cleared
3. Joseph Olasunkanmi Tegbe Cleared
4. Dr. Olusola Ayandele, PhD Cleared
5. Dr. Owolabi Babalola Cleared
6. Dr. Azeez Popoola Adeduntun Cleared
7. Adebayo Adekola Adelabu Cleared
8. Hon. Barr. Adebayo Shittu, Esq Not Cleared (No NYSC Certificate)

Ogun State

S/N NAME DECISION
1. Jimi Lawal Cleared
2. Dapo Abiodun Cleared
3. Hon. Bimbo Abiodun Cleared
4. H.E. Sen. Adegbenga Kaka Cleared
5. Hon. Kunle Akinlade Cleared
6. Abayomi Semako Koroto Hunye Cleared

NORTH WEST

Jigawa State

S/N NAME DECISION
1. H.E. Alh. Abubakar Badaru Cleared
2. Alh. Hashim Ubale Cleared

Katsina State

S/N NAME DECISION
1. H.E. Rt.Hon. Aminu Masari Cleared
2. Abubakar Ismaila Isa Cleared
3. Garba Sani Dankani Cleared

Kebbi State

S/N NAME DECISION
1. H.E. Alh. Atiku Bagudu Cleared
2. Ibrahim Mohammed Mera, OON Not Cleared

Sokoto State

S/N NAME DECISION
1. Abbakar Abdullahi Gumbi Cleared
2. Hon. Farouk Malami Yabo Cleared
3. Ahmed Aliyu Cleared
4. Sen. Abubakar Umar Gada Cleared

Zamfara State

S/N NAME DECISION
1. Dauda Lawal Cleared
2. Mukhtar Idris Shehu Cleared
3. Brig. Gen. Mansur Ali Cleared
4. H.E. Hon. Ustaz Ibrahim Mohammed Wakala Cleared
5. Sen. Kabiru Marafa Cleared
6. H.E. Mahmuda Aliyu Shinkafi Cleared
7. Hon. Aminu Sani Jaji Cleared
8. Engr. Abubakar Magaji Cleared
9. Mohammed Sagir Hamidu Cleared

NORTH CENTRAL

Benue State

S/N NAME DECISION
1. Dr. Hon. Emmanuel Jime Cleared
2. Titus T. Zam Cleared
3. Akange Audu Cleared
4. Arc. Aema Achado Cleared
5. Benjamin Tilley Adanyi Cleared
6. Micheal Iordye, mni Cleared

Nasarawa State

S/N NAME DECISION
1. Sule Audu Cleared
2. H.E. Silas Agara Cleared
3. Hon Aliyu Wadada Cleared
4. Zakari Idde Cleared
5. Hassan M. Liman, SAN Cleared
6. Mohammed Musa Maikaya Cleared
7. Arc. Shehu Tukur Cleared
8. Dauda Shuaibu Kigbu Cleared
9. Dr. James Angbazo Cleared
10. Hon. Jafar Mohammed Ibrahim  Cleared
11. Danladi Envulu-Anza Halilu Not Cleared

Niger State

S/N NAME DECISION
1. H.E. Alh. Sani Bello Cleared
2. Abubakar Mamma Jiya Maaji Not Cleared

Plateau State

S/N NAME DECISION
1. H.E. Rt. Hon. Simon Lalong, Esq. Cleared

NORTH EAST

Adamawa State

S/N NAME DECISION
1. H.E. Sen. Mohammed Jibrilla Cleared
2. Nuhu Ribadu Cleared
3. Mahmood Halilu Ahmed Cleared

Bauchi State

S/N NAME DECISION
1. H.E. Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar Cleared
2. Dr. Ali Pate Cleared
3. Captain Bala Jibrin Cleared
4. Dr. Yakubu Lame Cleared

Borno State

S/N NAME DECISION
1. Kashim Imam Cleared
2. Prof. Babagana Umaru Cleared
3. Gambo Lawan Cleared
4. Mustapha Baba Shehu Cleared
5. Hon. Umaru Kumalia Cleared
6. Muhammad Aba Lima Cleared
7.. Barr. Kaka Shehu Lawan, Esq. Cleared
8. H.E. Adamu Dibal Cleared
9. Mustapha Fannarambe Cleared
10. Mohammed Jafaru Cleared
11. Sen. Baba Kaka Bashir Garba Cleared
12. QS Mohammed Makinta Cleared
13. Hon. Babagana Tijjani Cleared
14. Adamu Alhaji Lawan Cleared
15. Mai Sherrif Cleared
16. Hon. Abba Jato Cleared
17. Attom Magira Tom Cleared
18. Umar Alkali Cleared
19. H.E. Baba Ahmed Jidda Cleared
20. Idris Mamman Gatumbwa Cleared
21. Sen. Abubakar Kyari Cleared

Gombe State

S/N NAME DECISION
1. Mohammed Jibrin Barde Cleared
2. Hon. Ibrahim Dasuki Jalo Cleared
3. Mohammadu Inuwa Yahaya Cleared
4. Kamisu Ahmed Mailan Cleared
5. Umaru Kwairanga Cleared
6. Abubakar Muazu Hassan Cleared
7. Umar Farouk Musa Cleared
8. Sen. Idris Audu Umar Cleared
9. Aliyu Haidar Abubakar Cleared

Taraba State

S/N NAME DECISION
1. H.E. Sani Abubakar Danladi Cleared
2. Sen. Joel Danlami Ikenya Cleared
3. Garba Umar-UTC Cleared
4. Prof. Mohammed Sanni Yahaya Cleared
5. Comrade Bobboi Bala Kaigama Cleared
6.. Aliyu Omar, MON Cleared
7. Chief Ezekiel Afunkuyo Cleared
8. Chief David Sabo Kente Cleared
9. Mohammed Tumba Ibrahim Cleared
10. Barr. Kabiru Umaru, Esq. Cleared
11. Aliyu Omar, MON Cleared
12. Sen. Hajia Aisha Alhassan Not Cleared

Yobe

S/N NAME DECISION
1. Hon. Mai Mala Buni Cleared
2. Umar Ali Kromchi Cleared
3. Hon. Sidi Yakubu Cleared
4. Ali Kolomi Cleared
5. Ibrahim Mohammed Bomai Withdraw

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