The National leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has been declared winner of the just concluded Presidential Primary Election held at Eagles Square, Abuja.
Tinubu floored other leading aspirants including ex-Transport Minster, Mr Rotimi Ameachi and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo to emerge the presidential candidate of the APC.
Tinubu won with 1,271 out of total vote cast of 2,203 while 13 votes were voided.
Announcing the results, the Chairman of the Election Management Committee, Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi said Amaechi came a distance second with 316 votes closely trailed by Osinbajo with 235 votes.
Others are the Senate President Ahmed Lawan who polled 152 votes, Governor Yahaya Bello, 47 votes, Governor Ben Ayade 37 votes, Dr Ogbonaya Onu 1 vote, and Governor Rochas Okorocha, Jack Rich and Chief Iko-Obasi Mokelu got zero vote respectively.
On Tuesday night, 24 aspirants contested the primary after six aspirants stepped down to support Tinubu.
Aspirants who contested the election include: the Senate President, Dr Ahmed Lawal, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, Pastor Tunde Bakare, Senator Rochas Okorocha, Mr Jack Rich, Gov. Ben Ayade, Gov. David Umahi, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, Gov. Yahaya Bello and Mr Ogbonnaya Onu and former Governor Ahmed Sani
Nine aspirants who stepped down for Tinubu include Mrs Uju Kennedy-Ohnenye, Dr Felix Nicholas, former Gov. Godswill Akpabio, former Gov. Ibikunle Amosun, former Speaker Dimeji Bankole, Sen. Ajayi Boroffice, Gov. Muhammad Badaru, Sen. Ken Nnamani, and Gov. Kayode Fayemi.
The only aspirant, Nicholas Felix, who stepped down for Prof. Osinbajo, said the party cannot take the risk of running a Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket in 2023.