At least 300 aspirants have indicated interest to seek nomination of their political parties to run for governor in 29 states in next year’s election.
Benue has the highest number of governorship aspirants with 26, while two states having the lowest number are Enugu and Borno with 4 each.
In Benue State, those in the PDP include Dr. Samuel Ortom, Chief Steven Lawani, Terhemba Tarzoor, Hingah Biam, Sam Ode, Dave Iorhemba, Engr. Roseline Ada Chenge, Barrister Harris Paul Ogbole, Tivlumun Nyitse, Barr. Alex Adum, Mike Aondoakaa, Terhemba Shija, Peter Chieshe, Mathias Oyigeya, Andy Uwuokwu, Eugene Aliegba, Felix Atume, Prof. David Ker, Prince Simon Aondona, Simon Anchaver, Engr. David Nongo, Samuel Utov and Madam Veronica Shimave.
APC aspirants in Benue are Rep. Emmanuel Jime, Akange Audu and Senator Joseph Waku.
Others are Kebbi (23 aspirants), Bauchi (23), Imo (22), Katsina (19), Kwara (18), Plateau (18), Cross River (16), Delta (15), Nasarawa (14), Akwa Ibom (14), Lagos (13), Ogun (13), Oyo (11), Sokoto (10), Kaduna (10), Kano (10), Niger (10), Taraba (9), Rivers (8), Zamfara (7), Adamawa (7), Gombe (5) and Yobe (5).
Governorship elections are scheduled for February 28 in 29 states where the terms of the incumbents are expiring in May.
Most of the aspirants are in the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), which together control all but 1 state.
PDP has slated its governorship primaries for October 29, while APC’s hold on November 15.