Live Update: APC Presidential Primaries

12:20 pm: At the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos State, venue of the Third National Convention of the All Progressives Congress, APC and its Presidential primaries. Five aspirants are contesting to fly the party's flag at the 2015 Presidential election. The aspirants are Ndah Isaiah, Rochas Okorocha, Atiku Abubakar and Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd).

12: 22 pm: Combined team of security outside the stadium trying to deny unaccredited delegates access into the venue.

12:25 pm: Ballot boxes already in place, security operatives manning strategic positions to ensure adequate security. Expected dignitaries yet to arrive. The Disc Jockey already entertainin g the security operatives and the Organising Committee.

12: 50 pm: 40 ballot boxes on display, yet no delegate on ground, while petty traders are raking in huge profits from the sales of sachet and bottled water as a result of the scorching sun.

01:00 pm: It is a carnival like atmosphere as supporters of respective candidates are seen dancing to tunes coming from different bands.

01:50 pm: Announcing the arrival of Chairman of APC National Convention Committee, Kayode Fayemi, his deputy, Kawu Baraje, and other members of the committee.

01:50 pm: There are indications that Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State and his Kano State counterpart, Rabiu Kwankwaso have stepped down for Buhari. Attempts to get confirmation proved abortive as none of the members of the National Convention Committee was willing to speak on it.

02:34 pm: Former Governor of Osun State, Olagunsoye Oyinlola arrives and said APC members are here to provide positive change in the affairs of Nigeria.

02:34 pm: Gridlock building up gradually as delegates keep trickling into the venue.

03:05 pm : Police helicopter hovering the Teslim Balogun Stadium to ensure that all security lapses are blocked.

03:13 pm: Fayemi just assured delegates present that the primaries will be transparent.

03:14 pm: There are news making the rounds that 12 governors have endorsed Buhari become the party's flag bearer come 2015.

03:15 pm:  Observers from the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC on ground to monitor proceedings.

03: 30 pm: Unsuspecting delegates  and passers-by have lost their mobile phones and other valuables because of the crowded entrance to steal.

03: 31 pm: Some delegates here are saying that the convention will commence by 9 pm because some of the delegates are yet to arrive.

04 : 00 pm: Verification of delegates commences.

04 : 40 pm: The Publisher of the Leadership newspaper and presidential aspirant, Sam Nda-Isiah has reportedly stepped down for Buhari according to a tweet from @NTANewsNow.

05 : 00 pm: Gov Raji Fashola and wife, arrive.

05 :05 pm: Gov Shetima of Borno State arrives.

05 : 12 pm: Buhari’s donation, registration scratch card flood convention.

06: 00 pm: Sam Nda-Isaiah denies he has stepped down for anybody. "It is a lie, I remain very much in the race," he said.

06: 12 pm: Master of Ceremony Abike Dabiri-Ereduwa urged all accredited delegates to take their seats for proceedings to commence.

06 :15 pm: Gov Tanko Al-Makura of Nassarawa state arrives.

07 : 15 pm: Tony Tetuila performs to the admiration of delegates.

07: 45 pm: APC Governors greeting delegates and guests.

08 : 01 pm: Delegates continue to take their seats.

08 : 15 pm: Presidential aspirants coming into the venue.

08 : 16 pm: Desmond Elliot, Tony Tetuila, Tony 1week entertainers turned politicians spotted.

08 : 20 pm: Comedian, seyilaw continues in his rib cracking jokes to entertain delegates.

08 : 30 pm:  Buhari says: I don’t want to rule, I want to democratically govern with your help.

08 : 40 pm: APC candidate will be next Nigerian President - Ikuforiji boasts .

08 : 45 pm: Bola Tinubu, Bisi Akande, Ogbonnaya Onu, Tony Momoh take seat at VIP stand.

08 : 50 pm: Former LG chairmen from Lagos State will not vote as statutorily delegates.

09 : 36 pm: APC National Chairman, John Oyegun reels out party's progress in APC-controlled states.

09 : 38 pm: Presidential aspirant, Atiku Abubakar and Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal arrive.

09 : 58 pm: Fayemi says all aspirants are still in the race.

10: 00 pm: Rendition of the National Anthem by delegates as programme kicks-off.

10: 02 pm: Fayemi gives his opening remarks.

10 : 06 pm: Gov Fashola of Lagos State gives brief remarks.

10 : 10 pm : APC chairman, John Oyegun addresses delegates.

10 : 20 pm: Former PDP chairman, Barnabas Gemade defects to APC. Makes formal appearance.

10 : 30 pm: APC is the party for today, tomorrow and for the future of Nigeria--Speaker Aminu Tambuwal.

10 : 45 pm: Rep Oghene from APGA joins APC.

10: 55 pm: Tinubu addresses delegates says new energy in the air.

11 : 05 pm: Presidential aspirants to make last minute campaign speeches.

11 : 20 pm: The APC is offering something we've not had for a long time, that is a fair choice--Atiku.

12 : 00 pm: Atiku urges delegates to be wise in electing a good leader and a tested bridge builder.

12 : 30 pm: Personal ambition does not drive me in this regard--Buhari.

01: 51 am: Voting Commences.











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