Former Edo state governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole says he is confident about his chances of winning the All Progressives Congress (APC) chairmanship seat.
Oshiomhole told newsmen at the weekend that heavyweights in the party were solidly behind him.
Other aspirants include: Prof. Oserheimen Osunbor, and former Cross River governor, Clement Ebri, and Chief Ibrahim Emokpaire.
Oshiomhole said, “In a boxing match, you do not ask a featherweight to go into the ring with a heavyweight. It is going to be a very interesting convention. I think for all of us who believe in democracy, this is to be expected.
“I want to talk about my own state; many people at various levels including governors, senators past and present and our current governor behind us…I am very hopeful that they will be in my support.”
Meanwhile, about 179 aspirants are jostling for positions in the National Working Working Committee of the party.
The Katsina state governor, Aminu Bello Masari, the chairman, sub-committee for screening, made the disclosure in Abuja.
He said. “The total numbers of aspirant nationwide about 179, though specifically I cannot immediately tell you their geographic spread. It is premature for me to say. I think the report will be presented by Tuesday.”
On the zoning formula, the governor explained: “you can only contest for any position zoned to your zone.
“So far, those who applied for positions from the North-west are from the North-west, nobody from the North-east or elsewhere applied for the positions zoned to the North-west.”