FORMER governor of Lagos State, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has won the Presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Tinubu, a former Senator and a leader of the APC, got 1,271 votes in a landslide victory to emerge as the candidate of the APC in the 2023 general election.
He was followed by former governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi, who got 316 votes and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who scored 235 votes.
Seven of the aspirants had earlier stepped down for Tinubu; they include Ibikunle Amosun, Godswill Akpabio, Ajayi Borrofice, Kayode Fayemi, and Dimeji Bankole, Mohammed Badaru and the only female aspirant, Uju Ohaneye.
Another aspirant, Nicholas Felix, also stepped down for Osinbajo.
Below is the total number of votes secured by each aspirant:
Emeka Nwajiuba – 1
David Umahi – 38
Tunde Bakare – 0
Ahmed Sani Yerima – 4
Rotimi Amaechi – 316
Bola Tinubu – 1,271
Yemi Osinbajo – 235
Rochas Okorocha – 0
Yahaya Bello – 47
Ogbonanya Onu – 1
Jack Tein- Rich- 0
Ahmed Lawan – 152
Ben Ayade – 37
Ikeobasi Mokelu – 0
Thirteen void votes were recorded in the primary election.
Bola Tinubu, had while addressing the delegates earlier at the convention, which held at the Eagles Square in Abuja, said, “My experience in office and the knowledge gained through hard work, tough trials and patient undertaking have prepared me for this hour. I am a man of purpose with a serious mission. My vow is to use all that I know and all of my abilities to the benefit of the nation and its people.”
He added, “I do not step forward because I think this nomination is my due. I step forward because I can help lead our nation to become what it ought to be.
“I do not say this as a boast. Hear me out. I claim not to be special nor great. My training, experiences and acquired knowledge are what is special and uniquely suited for this moment. I am merely a conduit, a servant of a cause much larger than myself.
“Now is a time for progressive vision and singular purpose. There is a general agreement that 2023 will be an encounter with destiny, when our nation shall need a certain type of leader to realise a better Nigeria.
“We need to build a Nigeria where sufficient jobs for the urban population are available and lead to a good life most wholly benefits the nation. Think big at this moment that we may accomplish great things in the next APC administration that will come on 29 May 2023.”