The National Working Committee, NWC, of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, last night drew the curtains on its governorship candidates for the forthcoming general election, with Governor Rochas Okorocha finally losing out in his bid to foist his son-in-law as the party’s candidate on Imo State.
This came on a day the Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, struck out motions by two factions of APC in the state.
L-R: APC National Chairman, H.E. Comrade Adams Oshiomhole; National Woman Leader, Hajia Salamatu Baiwa and National Treasurer, Alh. Adamu Fanda at the Press Conference.
Vanguard gathered that the NWC almost unanimously reverted to the report of the Ahmed Gulak Committee, which conducted the first primary that produced Senator Hope Uzodinma as the party’s governorship candidate for the state.
Besides, there were other surprises, with Dapo Abiodun reportedly remaining the candidate in Ogun State to the discomfort of Governor Ibikunle Amosun.
Governor Amosun had supported a member of the House of Representatives, Adekunle Akinlade, as the candidate, but the NWC was said to have adopted the report of the congress, which produced Dapo Abiodun.
Accordingly, the party has concluded all arrangements to send the names of the approved candidates to Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, ahead of the November 2 deadline for the submission of governorship candidates.
A source privy to the outcome of the meeting of the NWC, said the meeting also reviewed the conduct of primaries in the states, especially in areas where there were challenges and decided to weigh its options before arriving at major decisions.
“Although, the chairman was summoned to the Villa in the middle of the meeting, the decision on Imo State was almost unanimous. Hope Uzodinma is the man,” said the source.
The party also submitted Dr Dauda Lawal as the governorship candidate for Zamfara State.