Former Akwa Ibom State governor, Godswill Akpabio was on Tuesday cleared to take part in the APC primaries for National Assembly contestants in the state.
Apkabio who recently defected from the PDP to the APC was the senate minority leader before quitting his former party and it seem he would be contesting the primaries unopposed in his senatorial district.
Also contesting unchallenged in their bid to earn a place in the senate are former Delta State governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan and outspoken Kaduna State Senator, Shehu Sani.
This much was contained in a statement signed by the APC’s acting National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, in Abuja.
Also cleared to contest unopposed include the outgoing Zamfara State Governor, Abdulaziz Yari; former Nasarawa State Governor, Sen. Abdullahi Adamu; the Senate Minority Whip, Senator Francis Alimikhena; and ex-Sokoto State Governor, Aliyu Magatakarda Wammako.
Others are former Benue State governor, George Akume, and a ex-National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Adedayo Adeyeye.
Also running unopposed are the three senators representing Lagos State: Oluremi Tinubu, Solomon Adeola, and Gbenga Ashafa, they were cleared to run in their various senatorial zones.
Sen. Ajayi Boroface, Yele Onogunwa, and Omotoyao Alasodura from Ondo were also extended the courtesy of contesting unopposed.
Senators Ahmed Abubakar, Binta Garba, Yusuf Abubakar, Buhari Abdulfata, Tijanni Kaura and Andy Uba and also Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam; a ex local government chairman in Zamfara State, Ikra Bilbis and Suleiman Abdu Kwari will also contest unopposed. Former Senate Leaders, Teslim Folarin and Victor Ndoma-Egba, were also the cleared to contest the primaries.
However, a former Kano State governor Ibrahim Shekarau will have to contest against Hajia Laila Buhari for the Kano Central ticket, while outgoing Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, will do battle with Sen. Adeyemi Tejuosho, and Ganiyat Oladunjoye for the APC ticket to represent Ogun Central.
Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, would contest for the party’s ticket for Oyo Central with Sen. Taslim Folarin and five others.
Outgoing Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura, is set to do battle with Sen. Salihu Hussein for the Nasarawa South senatorial ticket. The Borno Central seat in the Senate, will be contested by outgoing Governor, Kashim Shettima and with Ali Bukar Wurge.
The current Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, will contest the Yobe North Senatorial ticket with Mohammed Lawan Yahuza, while the outgoing governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, is listed as contesting the Imo West ticket with Senator Hope Uzodinma who is also contesting the governorship of the state.