Compiled By Babajide Okeowo
The Presidential primary of the All-Progressives Congress (APC) has come and gone and Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has coasted home to victory.
During any contest, there are bound to be those who will end up on the losing side. It is however shocking to see that despite splurging the humongous amount of N100m to purchase the Presidential Nomination and Expression of Interest forms, these candidates could not nick a single vote during the Primary.
Here is a round-up of presidential hopefuls who got no vote
After weeks of being embroiled in controversy over his arrest by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged N2.9 billion fraud, Okorocha, senator representing Imo west and former Imo governor, was placed on N500 million bail. His presence at the primary, however, failed to sway any delegate to his path.
The former Imo governor had, before the primary, said he was the only aspirant who could secure millions of votes to win the presidency for the APC.
“The PDP candidate, Atiku Abubakar, is someone that had contested election with our president and was an APC member and he polled substantial votes. What APC needs is the man that can poll similar votes in the north to be able to defeat him. Anything outside this that goes with sentiment will mean failure for us,” he said.
“This is what we should know. Who is that person among the APC aspirants that can get sufficient votes in the north because PDP’s only strategy is the northern votes? We might not have President Buhari on the ballot because most people that won elections on the platform of the APC in previous elections did so because of President Buhari. Now, such privilege is no more there. So, you have to look for that man that people will look at and vote for, and I am that man.” His long speech in Hausa also did not help his chances, in the end, he got no vote during the contest.
Bakare, the serving overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church, also had zero votes at the primary.
While addressing the delegates at the venue, Bakare pledged not to withdraw for any aspirant, adding that he was confident about becoming the country’s next president.
“I am not here to step down for anyone. I am here to step up as the 16th president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” he said.
His undoing could probably be that he didn’t pitch his ideas to delegates, rather, he sent them bulk Short Messages.
The oil magnate also did not poll any vote, despite taking listeners on an emotional journey into his humble beginnings while making his presentation at the primary. He bought prime time on National Television to canvass for votes, unfortunately for him, this was not enough to sway the delegates to his side.
The former Minister of Information was the fourth aspirant to tally up zero votes in the contest. His long eulogy to President Muhammadu Buhari during the primary did not help his chances, apparently.