Preliminary elections: APC sets date for holding primaries

The All Progressives Congress (APC) will hold its primaries for vacancies in national and state assemblies on Saturday, January 6, 2023.

The primaries will take place in Lagos, Ondo, Kebbi, Taraba, Yobe, Benue, Kaduna, Ebonyi and Borno states.

Most of the vacancies arose as a result of the appointment of members of the National Assembly to leadership positions by President Bola Tinubu. Five sitting members were appointed to his cabinet, including the Minister of Public Works, Dave Umahi, Minister of Police Affairs, Ibrahim Gaidam, Chief of Staff Femi Gbajabiamila, Minister of Home Affairs, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, and Minister of State for Education, Tanko Sununu. .

Umahi and Gaidam represented Ebonyi South and Yobe East respectively in the Senate, while Gbajabiamila served as a lawmaker for Surulere I Federal Constituency of Lagos State.

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Sununu and Tunji-Ojo were members of the House of Representatives representing Yauri/Shanga/Ngaski Federal Constituency of Kebbi State and Akoko North East/Akoko North West Federal Constituency of Ondo State respectively.

There is also a vacancy in Jalingo/Yorro/Zing Federal Constituency of Taraba State following the death of Isma'ila Maihanchi.

There are vacancies in the state assemblies of Kaduna, Benue and Borno states.

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Recall that INEC last month released a timetable for these by-elections and reruns, with party primaries and dispute resolutions scheduled from January 5 to 9.

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