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APC Presidential Aspirants In Mad Rush For Last Minute Delegate Support

APC Presidential Aspirants In Mad Rush For Last Minute Delegate Support

The five aspirants contesting for the presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) were on Tuesday engaged in a last minute scramble for the votes of the 8,000 delegates that would determine who would square up against President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 presidential election.

The aspirants will slug it out at the party’s national convention slated to commence today at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos.

The contenders for APC’s presidential ticket are former military Head of State, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari; former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar; Kano State Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso; Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha; and Founder of Leadership Newspapers, Sam Nda-Isaiah.

In order to outwit each other and win over delegates’ support, the aspirants were said to be offering them money, airline tickets to and from Lagos, as well as promises of luxury hotel accommodation in exchange for their votes.

According to reliable sources, the aspirants dispatched their campaign agents to scout for delegates’ support.

“The agents are wooing delegates with juicy offers including cash gifts ranging from N50,000 to N100,000 each. Some have offered to pay air transport fares while a particular aspirant has offered to place fully air conditioned luxury buses at strategic locations to ferry delegates to Lagos,” the sources revealed.

It was learnt that delegates from non-APC controlled states are getting more attention, as most of them are being treated like beautiful brides that could easily be swayed with inducements.

It was learnt that Okorocha, who until recently had not engaged in a nationwide tour like other aspirants, at the weekend increased the tempo of his campaign by offering delegates comfortable buses to convey them to Lagos.

On his part, Atiku who has shown considerable dexterity, experience and tactics in his preparations for the presidential primary is said to be offering to assist delegates with accommodation where necessary.

The Buhari campaign team was not taking chances either, as a source from his camp told reporters that his team had sent out agents to engage in last minute mop up campaigns.

On the convention, the National Publicity Secretary of APC, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said yesterday that arrangements had been made for a smooth and hitch-free event.

Mohammed, who is also a member of the convention committee, told reporters that all the five presidential aspirants were expected to take part in the primary election.

He said Teslim Balogun Stadium had been festooned with decorations and prepared to admit party leaders and delegates coming for the primary.

APC initially could not agree on what form of electoral process to adopt for its primary election before settling for the indirect method.

It took an extraordinary convention summoned by the party to approve the adjustments in the format and number of delegates that will participate in the Electoral College during the primary.

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