Kwara by-election: APC picks younger brother of deceased lawmaker as candidate

The All Progressives Congress () says it has picked Mr Adam Ahmed Rufai as its flag bearer for the by-election Patigi Constituency of Kwara House of Assembly.

ThebNews Agency of Nigeria, () reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed 14 for the poll.

The by-election is to fill the vacant seat at the state Assembly following the death of Ahmed Rufai, who last represented the constituency.

A statement on Monday by the state Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Tajudeen Aro, said that the candidate emerged 4,587 at an affirmation exercise conducted by the six-man from the national headquarters of the ruling party.

Aro said the had earlier disqualified the second aspirant, Dr Mahmud Kpotun, in the primaries for a number of irregularities in his nomination process at the end of the screening exercise.

The statement explained that the AbdulAzeez Anuhi led- announced the nomination and affirmation of the candidate at an exercise that has party members from across the 10 wards in the local area in Patitgi, the headquarters of Patigi Local Area of the state in attendance.

The team leader commended the party leaders, elders, members and security agencies as well as INEC officials for the peaceful conduct of the exercise.

He appealed to the people of Patigi to turn out en masse to vote for APC during the 14 by-election. ()