last miNute efforts by
the leadership of the All
Progressives Congress, APC,
to prune down the number of
aspirants for yesterday’s Kogi
State governorship primaries of
the party appears failed as the
only one of the aspirants agreed
to step down.
The Governor Nasir el-Rufailed
committee, saddled with the
conduct of the election has been
locked in series of meetings
with aspirants from different
Senatorial districts without any
major breakthrough.
An inside source, who
was privy to the closed door
meeting, said that after the
meeting with aspirants from
the Kogi East Senatorial
district, only the lone female
aspirant among the 28 others
eyeing the party’s ticket agreed
to step down.
According to the source,
who craved anonymity, every
other aspirant from the zone
insisted on going ahead with
the election.
The meeting was attended by
all the aspirants from the zone,
except James Ocholi (SAN) and
Idris Hussein Kasim.
In a similar vein speculations
that a former Acting Governor
of the state, Chief Clarence
Olafemi and a former
Commissioner of Health, Sule
Baba Ali has stepped down
from the race is false.
Former Governor Audu
Abubakar was quoted to
have said he had reached an
agreement with Olafemi to
step down for him and be his
deputy, a claim the former
Speaker of the state House of
Assembly vehemently denied.

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