APC primaries: El-Rufai, Akeredolu visit Buhari


Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State and his Ondo State counterpart, Rotimi Akeredolu, on Wednesday, visited the Presidential Villa, Abuja, to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari.

The visit of the two governors, who headed straight to the president’s office, may not be unconnected with the outcome of the All Progressives Congress (APC) primaries and screening exercise conducted by the party’s headquarters.

It would be recalled that Senator Shehu Sani was the only aspirant cleared by the national headquarters of the APC to contest for the Kaduna Central Senatorial seat against the wish of El-Rufai.

Prior to Sani’s clearance, the governor had endorsed his Political Adviser, Uba Sani, as sole candidate of the APC for the senatorial seat.

The governor had also insisted that party primary be held to determine the party’s flag-bearer in the 2019 Senatorial poll instead of the automatic endorsement of incumbent senator.

El-Rufai’s preferred candidate for the senatorial seat, Uba Sani, had since gone to court to stop Shehu Sani’s automatic endorsement by the National Working Committee (NWC).

The APC Senate screening committee also cleared Senator Ajayi Borrofice, as sole aspirant for Ondo North Senatorial seat against the wish of Akeredolu, who had wanted to dislodge him through a primary.

The outcome of the governors’ visit to villa was still unknown as of the time of filing this report.


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