PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARIES: Delegates Rake In N124bn

PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARIES: Delegates Rake In N124bn
  • As 38 APC, PDP aspirants  woo 3240 delegates
  • Political actors  mop-up dollars, pound sterlings from BDC in Abuja, Lagos Kaduna, KANO
  • Tinubu, Wike , Amaechi, Lawan  top list

With barely two weeks until the conclusions of presidential primaries by political parties, presidential aspirants have embarked on a cut throat competition spending billions of Naira ahead of the conventions.

Within 24 hours last week expected delegates from Kaduna State to the All Progressive Congress, APC, pocket N1million from their meetings with Ahmed Bola Tinubu and Rotimi Amaechi, who were in the state to meet with the delegates.

Aljazirah Newspapers reliably gathered that each of the delegates got N500, ooo from the two presidential aspirants to offset their transport fare from Kaduna to Abuja, the venue of the convention.

The leading Presidential  aspirants move across the states shopping for the delegates are  Asiwaju Bola Tinubu,  Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; Cross River State Governor Ben Ayade; his Ebonyi State counterpart, Dave Umahi; Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi; Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello; and igawa State Governor Mohammed Badaru.

Others are Senate President Ahmed Lawan, former Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi; former Minister of Niger Delta Godswill Akpabio and former Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr.Ogbonnaya Onu, former Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha and former Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun, Pastor Tunde Bakare; former Minister of State for Education Emeka Nwajiuba; former Senate President, Ken Nnamani and former Zamfara State Governor Ahmed Yerima.

The presidential convention billed for Eagle Square, Abuja, will only be a climax of scheming, positioning, wheeling and dealing, clash of strategies and meticulous planning by contenders who AljazirahNigeria gathered are mopping up available FOREX  from Banks and bureau the  de change in Abuja ,  kaduna and Kano .

AljazirahNigeria check in FCT and environs revealed that most of the Hotels have been booked by presidential aspirants and state governors.

Leading the list of presidential aspirants shopping for delegates are Ahmed Bola Tinubu, who doles out between N500,000 and N800,000 to delegates,  Rotimi Amaechi, between N400,000 and N500,000 depending on the state.

From the PDP Atiku Abubakar, is wooing delegates with N500,000 as transport to Abuja,  Pius Anyim , N50,000 to each delegates, Bukola Saraki, the former senate president is doles out N100,000 , Mohammed Tambuwal , the governor of sokoto state eyeing the PDP presidential ticket is not left as AljazirahNigeria  learnt states delegates are being mobilize with N300,000, and Governor Emmanuel Udom, N300,000.

The other 16 Presidential aspirants are giving out N70,000 to each delegate.

AljazirahNigeria checks revealed that the Presidential aspirants might have categorised the states into three groups, the states under their control, opposition and friendly states.

In Kaduna, Governor Nasir El’Rufai, did not hide his preference for the aspirants in a veer reference to the visit of Tinubu who was in Kaduna two day before Amaechi went with a shopping bag El’Rufai in what appear like a monologue had engage the delegate in tutoring and rejection of Tinubu”

“Let me tell you my history of Gov. Amaechi. In 2011, we were to hold the CPC National Convention, but we didn’t have money to pay for Eagle Square. Gov. Amaechi as a PDP sitting Governor then, heard about it. He has always been an admirer of Gen. Buhari. He sent a message for us to explain the issue, and he helped us. Since then, I maintained contact with him, on the orders of Gen. Buhari himself.

“When we started discussing with the Chief PDP serving governors that wanted to defect to APC, we had meetings with Gov. Amaechi and Gov. Nyako of Adamawa State, until we got a reasonable number for our party.

He is the game changer. Amaechi is from Rivers State, South South, where the then incumbent President Jonathan is from.

He sacrificed and moved to our party. That’s part of the reason President Buhari loves Minister Rotimi Amaechi till tomorrow”.

“When the then federal government wanted to use SSS to arrest me and the opposition, I told him ,Amaechi, and he said I should not worry. I will go there with you. Hon Amaechi left his job as a State governor, came to Abuja, and drove me in his car to SSS Headquarters, staying there until he took me back home.

Till tomorrow, my wife will never forget. Amaechi is her favorite Nigerian.

I want you all to understand that APC is one family. This primary is about a contest. Let us all consider the virtues of everyone”.

El-Rufai to Kaduna Delegates-

Two days ago, you made a choice here, without listening to everyone. Now, you have heard Amaechi, you have seen what he has done, he also brought a strong security team. He has Gen. Buratai in his camp, former CP, Suleiman, and former Minister of Defence. You know what will happen to our security if he is in charge.

So, I want to ask you a few questions.

Are we in support of the Presidency going to the South ?

Delegates: Yes!

El’Rufai: Are you committed to that ?

Delegates: Yes !

El’Rufai: Now, the second question. You have seen Amaechi. You have heard his history. You have listened to his achievements. What are you going to do? Who are you supporting?

Delegates: Your Choice !

El’Rufai: I thought you said you were supporting Asiwaju ?

Delegates: (some) No, (many) your choice!

El’Rufai: You see why people said delegates will never see heaven?

I have only one vote and you are the majority. Whatever you say is what will happen.”

We gathered that barely last minute change of mind by President Muhammad Buhari,  with the postponement by the different political parties  as result of the challenges created by the Electoral Act , as amended , to give the president the time  to also sign the new Bill  into law

AljazirahNigeria source at the Wadata House said, “As it stand stands now if primary elections are conducted today without signing the new Electoral amended Bill, only elected ad -hoc delegate can vote. The usual working Committee members elected officials and former political office holders that used to be delegate cannot be. The law excludes them”

Presently without the signing of the amended Bill into Law the All Progressive Congress, APC expected delegates stands at 2340, while the People’s Democratic Party, has 3700.


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