The All Progressives Congress (APC) has so far approved the election of 24 governorship candidates from different states who will be representing the party in the 2019 general elections.
A statement issued by the acting National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, said the party has ratified the reports of various electoral committees and has subsequently approved 24 candidates of the APC for the forthcoming general election. The party has however failed to recognize the factional governorship primaries which produced Senator Magnus Abe in Rivers and Pat Utomi in Delta States.
The following are the candidates who have been approved to run in 2019:
- Abdullahi Umar Ganduje (Kano State),
- Mohammed Abubakar (Bauchi State),
- Simon Lalong (Plateau State),
- Nasir el-Rufai (Kaduna State),
- Mohammed Dadaru Abubakar (Jigawa State),
- Ahmed Aliyu (Sokoto State),
- Abubakar Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi State),
- Aminu Bello Masari (Katsina State),
- Abubakar Sani Bello (Niger State)
- Babagana Umara-Zulum (Borno State),
- Mai Mala Buni (Yobe State),
- Abubakar A. Sule (Nasarawa State),
- Emmanuel Jimme (Benue State),
- Babajide Sanwo–Olu (Lagos State),
- Tonye Cole (Rivers State),
- Uche Ogah (Abia State),
- Nsima Ekere (Akwa Ibom State),
- Adebayo Adelabu (Oyo state),
- Dapo Abiodun (Ogun State),
- Great Ogboru (Delta State),
- Owan Enoh (Cross River),
- Inuwa Yahaya (Gombe State),
- Sunny Ogboji (Ebonyi State) and
- Sani Abubakar Danladi (Taraba State).
The party is yet to release details of its governorship candidates from the following states: Adamawa, Enugu, Imo, Kwara and Zamfara. The remaining seven states do not have governorship elections with the rest of the country in February 2019.
The approvals come after the party has experienced a particularly chaotic week trying to conduct gubernatorial elections in several states. The approved candidates can now breathe a sigh of relief having successfully crossed the first electoral hurdle in the race towards the governorship of their various states.