Former governor of Lagos State, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu has emerged flag bearer of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Governor of Kebbi State, Senator Atiku Bagudu, who doubles as chairman of the Election Management Committee of the APC Special Presidential Convention, declared Asiwaju Tinubu as winner of the contest after the politician fondly called the Jagaban of Lagos politics, polled 1,271 votes, which translates to 57% of the total votes cast.
Former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, came a distant second with 316 votes while Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo garnered 235 votes to place third.
Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, who was widely tipped as the consensus candidate, fell flat with a paltry 152 votes to place fourth. Governors Yahaya Bello of Kogi State and Dave Umahi of Ebonyi followed with 47 and 30 votes respectively.
There were a total of 14 aspirants and seven stepped down, with six of them declaring their support for the Leader of the APC, Tinubu. Former Senate President, Ken Nnamani stepped down but did not ask his delegates to vote for any particular person as the other aspirants did.
Some aspirants scored zero votes. They include Tien Jack-Rich, Pastor Tunde Bakare and Senator Rochas Okorocha.
The spacious Eagle Square was the venue of the APC presidential primary, which suffered several postponements before it finally held today.
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