The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has emerged as the winner of the party’s presidential primary.
He obtained 1272 votes to defeat his closest rivals, ex-minister Rotimi Amaechi and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
While Amaechi polled 316 votes, Osinbajo scored 235 votes.
He contested against thirteen other aspirants – Mr. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba ( 1 vote), Pastor Tunde Bakare (zero votes), Senator Rochas Okorocha ( zero votes), Mr. Jack Rich ( zero votes ), Governor Ben Ayade (37 votes ), Governor David Umahi (38 votes ), Senator Ahmed Yarima ( 4 votes ), Dr. Ahmed Lawan (152 votes ), Yemi Osinbajo (235 votes ), Amaechi (316 votes ), Governor Yahaya Bello (47 votes), and Mr. Ogbonnaya Onu ( 1 vote).
Nine aspirants had earlier stepped down, eight of whom asked their supporters to vote for Tinubu, while one asked his supporters to vote for Osinbajo.
Those who stepped down before voting began are Governor Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa, Robert Boroffice, Ken Nnamani, Ibikunle Amosun, Dimeji Bankole, Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi, and Godswill Akpabio.
They asked their supporters to vote for Tinubu, just as the only female aspirant, Mrs. Uju Ken-Ohanenye, followed suit.
Pastor Felix Nicholas, the United States of America-based aspirant also stepped down and asked his supporters to vote for Osinbajo.
A candidate, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, immediate past Minister of State for Education, was conspicuously absent at the convention.
Tinubu will face 75-year-old Atiku Abubakar of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party among others in the February 25 presidential ballot.
Buhari, who is stepping down after the two terms he is allowed in the constitution, had spent days leading up to the convention in negotiations with the APC’s leaders seeking unity over a party candidate.