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APC Primary: Tunde Bakare polls zero votes after boasting of becoming Nigeria’s 16th President

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The senior pastor of Citadel Global Community Church, CGCC, and an All Progressives Congress presidential aspirant, Tunde Bakare, has scored zero votes during the ongoing National Convention of the party in Abuja.

This is coming on the backdrop of Mr Bakare’s claim that he would be the 16th President after President Muhammadu Buhari who is the 15th.

He had said: “I carry grace. I carry favour. I carry God-factor. Give me the opportunity to speak with party delegates and you will see what will happen. The president is 15th and I’ll be number 16th.”

But Mr Bakare got zero votes after the sorting of ballots on Wednesday, where another aspirant, Bola Tinubu, is said to be leading with a wide margin.

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DAILY NIGERIAN reports that Mr Tinubu is leading in the exercise after obtaining over 750 votes.

He is trailed by former Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi, and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

While Mr Amaechi has obtained 143 votes, Mr Osinbajo polled 103 so far.

The winner is expected to be declared in a few hours.

Fourteen aspirants are in the race but nine had earlier withdrawn from the race, including Uju Kennedy-Ohnenye, Dr Felix Nicholas, former Gov. Godswill Akpabio, former Gov. Ibikunle Amosun, former Speaker Dimeji Bankole, Sen. Ajayi Boroffice, Gov. Muhammad Badaru, Sen. Ken Nnamani and Gov. Kayode Fayemi.

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A total of 2,260 delegates of the All Progressives Congress voted at the ongoing party’s Presidential Primary at Eagle Square, Abuja.

The total rundown of states and their respective accredited delegates are as follows:

Abia – 50; Adamawa- 62; Anambra- 63; Bayelsa- 24; Bauchi- 55; Benue- 64; Borno- 81; Cross River- 54; Delta- 73; Enugu- 51; Ekiti- 48; Edo- 54; Ebonyi- 38; FCT- 80.

Others are Gombe- 33; Imo- 81; Jigawa- 81; Lagos- 60; Plateau- 51; Katsina- 102; Kebbi- 63; Kwara- 48; Kogi- 63; Kaduna- 61; Kano- 126; Nasarawa- 39; Niger- 75; Ondo- 54; Ogun- 60; Oyo- 99; Osun- 90; Rivers- 69; Sokoto- 69; Taraba- 46; Yobe- 51 and Zamfara- 42.

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