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The 13 ‘cleared’ APC presidential aspirants

The All Progressives Congress (APC) screening panel selected 13 of 23 presidential aspirants for participation in the party’s special convention to select one candidate.

According to Felix Morka, APC spokesman, 28 presidential forms were purchased, but three people, Chris Ngige, minister of labour; Timipre Sylva, minister of state for petroleum; and Godwin Emefiele, governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), did not submit their forms.

Forms purchased for former President Goodluck Jonathan and AfDB President Akinwumi Adesina were also not submitted.

The party had pegged the form at N100 million, but made it free for women.

There has been debate on whether or not the cost of the form was too high.

The chairman of the screening panel, John Oyegun, on Friday, while presenting a report to APC national chairman Abdullahi Adamu, said, “We are a governing party and so the ability to lead, the background, experience, it is on the basis that we made a shortlist.

“We could have cut it a little shorter, but we wanted the younger elements to surface”.

  1. Former Lagos state governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu
  2. Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo
  3. Transportation Minister Rotimi Amaechi
  4. Senate President Ahmed Lawan
  5. Kogi state Governor Yahaya Bello
  6. Ekiti State governor Kayode Fayemi
  7. Minister of State for Education Emeka Nwajiuba
  8. Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Ogbonaya Onu
  9. Ogun State governor Ibikunle Amosun
  10. Ebonyi State governor David Umahi
  11. JIgawa state Governor Abubakar Badaru
  12. Past Minister of Niger Delta Affairs Godswill Akpabio
  13. Founder of Belemaoil producing limited, Tein Jack-Rich

No reason has been given for the ‘non-clearance’ of the remaining 10 candidates.

  1. Pastor Tunde Bakare
  2. Former Imo state governor and recently arrested for alleged graft, Rochas Okorocha
  3. Cross River state governor Ben Ayade
  4. Former Zamfara governor who officially introduced Sharia Law, Sani Yerima
  5. Former Senate President Ken Nnamani
  6. Minister of Information and Culture Ikeobasi Mokelu
  7. Former speaker of the House of Representatives Demeji Bankole
  8. US-based pastor Felix Nicholas
  9. First female APC presidential aspirant, Uju Ken-Ohanenye
  10. Senator Ajayi Borrofice

Atiku Abubakar emerged as the People’s Democratic Party’s presidential flag-bearer, while Peter Obi, who withdrew his membership from the PDP, is now the Labour Party’s candidate, and Rabiu Kwankwaso will lift the flag of the New Nigeria Party in the 2023 general election.

Writing by Saadatu Albashir, Additional reporting by Daniel Adejo and Victorson Agbenson; Editing by Tony Okerafor