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Politics of Wednesday, 20 April 2022


APC Primaries: 10 states Tinubu will win and why

National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC) and Governor Sanwo-Olu National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC) and Governor Sanwo-Olu

The ambitions of Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo and the National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC) have made the SouthWest zone of the country a hotbed.

Both men who wield almost the same amount of influence in the region will fight for the attention of the political class ahead of the APC primaries.

Tinubu, who many believe has the political competence to be president will have a tough fight with Vice President Osinbajo, who has the power of incumbency.

This has brought clear division to the ruling APC as many are torn between who to support or not.

In this article, we highlight the states likely to support the ambitions of Tinubu

1. Kano

Kano is a key state in Nigeria and two of the most powerful men in the state are staunch supporters of Tinubu - Governor Ganduje and Shekarau.

While Ganduje's relationship with Tinubu can't be disputed, Shekarau has stated numerous times that Kano State is sure for Tinubu.

2 Katsina

Governor Aminu Bello Masari is believed to be one of Tinubu's most ardent supporters. With him in charge, Katsina state would undoubtedly be delivered by Aminu Bello Masari.

3 Borno state

It may be of interest to you to know that Prof Zulum and Kassim Shettima, the predecessor to Prof Zulum are renowned supporters of Tinubu's candidacy. Borno State is like Tinubu's Bourdillion residence.

4 Osun State

Osun's 308 delegates are certain for Tinubu. Tinubu was instrumental in Oyetola's victory and the delegates are unanimous in their support for the former Lagos state governor.

5 Lagos state

Tinubu's grip on the state is still tight despite leaving the helm of affairs in the state for almost two decades. Also, the recent approval of Sanwo-Olu second term by the GAC which Tinubu leads already show were the state will tilt towards.

6 Oyo state

Because the PDP controls the state, Tinubu can count on 70 percent of the delegates from Oyo even if the state does not show up solely for the Jagaban.

7 Jigawa state

Jigawa State governor Muhammad Badaru Abubakar is believed to be a close ally of Tinubu. In fact, a former governor of the state, Alhaji Ibrahim Saminu Turaki, has accompanied Jagaban on most of his recent visits around the Northern states. In Jigawa, Tinubu will have a strong showing.

8 Niger

Governor of Niger State, Abubakar Sani Bello has openly endorsed the presidential aspirations of Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress( APC).

9 Ogun

The loyalty of the Ogun state governor, Adedapo Oluseun Abiodun will be tested at this time. Being a close ally to both men in recent times, it remains unclear where he will pitch his tent.

10 Nasarawa

Abdullahi A. Sule of Nasarawa once wore Tinubu's signature cap to a meeting of the State Executive Council. He is Tinubu's unrepentant ally.