Unless there is an unlikely twist in the tale, former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu will be elected the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for next year’s election.
Already considered the aspirant to beat before the commencement of the party primary in Abuja, one after the other his fellow contenders stepped forward and declared their support for the APC National Leader, to the applause of the delegates at Eagles Square.
Even those considered to be closest challengers conceded to Tinubu. Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, who was expected to rally the governors behind him as the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, announced his support for Tinubu after his ally and former Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun did the same.
Other aspirants who stepped down for Tinubu as at 11 pm on Tuesday were former Akwa Ibom State Governor, who was recently Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio; former House of Representatives Speaker Hon. Dimeji Bankole; Jigawa Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Badaru and Deputy Senate Majority Leader, Senator Ajayi Boroffice.
Businessman Nicolas Felix, who is the youngest among the aspirants, however stepped down for Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.