Primary election: APC releases names of guber aspirants

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The All Progressives Congress ( APC ), Governorship Aspirants Screening Committee, has cleared more aspirants to participate in its governorship primary election slated for Saturday.

Mr Yekini Nabena, the APC National Publicity Secretary in a statement on Friday in Abuja, said Kaduna, Kano and Jigawa states aspirants were erroneously omitted from the previous list released.

The aspirants cleared according to the statement include: Nasir Ahmed El-Rufai for Kaduna, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje
for Kano state, Alhaji Abubakar Badaru and Alhaji Hashim Ubale for Jigawa state.

Also cleared for Katsina state were Aminu Masari, Abubakar Ismaila Isa and Garba Sani Dankani as well as Alhaji Atiku Bagudu and Ibrahim Mera for Kebbi state.

The statement added that Abubakar Gumbi, Farouk Yabo, Ahmed Aliyu and Sen. Abubakar Gada were also cleared for Sokoto state while Dauda Lawal, Mukhtar Shehu and Brig.-Gen. Mansur Ali were cleared for Zamfara State.

The statement added that Ibrahim Wakala, Sen. Kabiru Marafa, Mahmuda Aliyu Shinkafi, Aminu Jaji, Abubakar Magaji and Mohammed Hamidu were also cleared to contest the party’s governorship primary election in Zamfara.

All the aspirants are expected to contest for the party’s ticket to be its candidates for the 2019 governorship election.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that an earlier list of aspirants from states across the federal released by the NWC revealed that Mr Adebayo Shittu, Minister of Communication, had been disqualified from participating in the party’s rescheduled governorship primary election.

The Minister was disqualified from the race by the party’s Governorship Aspirants Screening Committee.

The committee revealed that the minster, which was in the race to contest the Oyo State governorship election, was disqualified from contesting the primary, because he did not participate in the compulsory one year National Youth Services Corps (NYSC) scheme.

Also disqualified from the contest, was Hajiya Aisha, Alhasan, Minister of Women Affairs, popularly known as mama Taraba, who was in the race to contest the party’s ticket for Taraba governorship election.

The committee did not, however, give any reason why the minister was disqualified from the race.

The committee also disqualified Mr Osiobe Okotie from Delta, Alhaji Ibrahim Halilu (Nasarawa) and Alhaji Abubakar Magaji (Niger) from contesting for the party’s ticket at its governorship primary election.

The list also contained names of aspirants that were not cleared and those that withdrew from the race.

NATIONAL WORKING COMMITTEE DECISIONS ON GOVERNORSHIP ASPIRANTS SCREENING COMMITTEE REPORT

NORTH WEST

Kaduna State
S/N
NAME
DECISION

H.E. Nasir Ahmed el-Rufai
Cleared
Kano State
S/N
NAME
DECISION

H.E. Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje
Cleared
Jigawa State
S/N
NAME
DECISION

H.E. Alh. Abubakar Badaru
Cleared
Alh. Hashim Ubale
Cleared
Katsina State
S/N
NAME
DECISION

H.E. Rt.Hon. Aminu Masari
Cleared
Abubakar Ismaila Isa
Cleared
Garba Sani Dankani
Cleared
Kebbi State
S/N
NAME
DECISION

H.E. Alh. Atiku Bagudu
Cleared
Ibrahim Mohammed Mera, OON
Not Cleared
Sokoto State
S/N
NAME
DECISION

Abubakar Abdullahi Gumbi
Cleared
Hon. Farouk Malami Yabo
Cleared
Ahmed Aliyu
Cleared
Sen. Abubakar Umar Gada
Cleared
Zamfara State
S/N
NAME
DECISION

Dauda Lawal
Cleared
Mukhtar Idris Shehu
Cleared
Brig. Gen. Mansur Ali
Cleared
H.E. Hon. Ustaz Ibrahim Mohammed Wakala
Cleared
Sen. Kabiru Marafa
Cleared
H.E. Mahmuda Aliyu Shinkafi
Cleared
Hon. Aminu Sani Jaji
Cleared
Engr. Abubakar Magaji
Cleared
Mohammed Sagir Hamidu
Cleared
*NOTE: Kaduna and Kano States were erroneously omitted from the previously released list.*

SIGNED:
Mr. Yekini Nabena
Ag. National Publicity Secretary

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