The National Working Committee, NWC, of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, on Wednesday night finalized its list of governorship candidates for the forthcoming general election. And the governors of Imo, Ogun and Zamfara will be very disappointed.
Backstory: The NWC decided to uphold the outcome of the first primaries held in Imo which produced Senator Hope Uzodinma as the party’s governorship candidate. That is a big blow for Governor Rochas Okorocha who wanted his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, to be given the party’s candidate.
In Ogun, Dapo Abiodun will be the APC’s candidate, meaning that Governor Ibinkunle Amosun’s preferred candidate, Adekunle Akinlade, lost out.
In Zamfara, the party submitted Dauda Lawal as its governorship candidate to the disappointment of the incumbent Governor, Abdulaziz Yari, who had endorsed Shehu Idris as his successor. In the case of Imo, the APC would have to wait and see whether INEC would even accept its candidate.
The names of approved candidates are now expected to be sent to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, ahead of the November 2 deadline for the submission of governorship candidates.
Bottom Line: The ruling party will be limping to the finish line in those states. All eyes will now be on the governors to see how they react. Will they defect or tacitly support opposition candidates in their states? In Ogun, we reported yesterday that even the PDP is contending with issues of its own.