The All Progressives Congress (APC), which began its special convention to pick its flagbearer in next year’s Presidential Election, yesterday, has started sorting the votes in preparation for announcement of a winner.
Moneycentral reports that voting by the accredited national delegates was done state by state and in alphabetical order and it ended at about 8AM Wednesday morning.
The sorting of votes began at exactly 08:15AM.
2,203 delegates took part in the exercise at the Eagle Square, Abuja, to determine the fate of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, former Lagos governor, Bola Tinubu, former Transportation Minister, Rotimi Amaechi, among others.
Nine aspirants had earlier withdrawn from the race for Tinubu including the lone female presidential aspirant, Mrs Uju Kennedy-Ohnenye; former Akwa-Ibom governor, Godswill Akpabio; former Ogun governor, Ibikunle Amosun; former Reps Speaker, Dimeji Bankole; Sen. Ajayi Boroffice of Ondo state, Governor Muhammad Badaru of Jigawa state, and Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State.
While Dr. Felix Nicholas stepped down from the exercise for Osinbajo, former Senate President Ken Nnamani also withdrew from the race but failed to disclose if he did so for any aspirant.
14 aspirants were still in the race late Tuesday aside Osinbajo, Tinubu and Amaechi. They are: former Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajuba; Lagos-based cleric, Tunde Bakare, Mr Ahmed Rufai; former Imo governor, Sen. Rochas Okorocha; Mr Jack Rich, Cross River governor, Ben Ayade; Ebonyi governor, David Umuahi; former Zamfara governor, Ahmed Yarima; Senate President, Ahmed Lawan; Governor Yahaya Bello of Ekiti state and Ogbonnaya Onu, former Technology Minister.