KOTA KINABALU: Two of the seven Sabah candidates for the Umno supreme council seem to have a “brighter chance” of winning posts in the coming party elections.
Several of the delegates here named Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman and Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Shafie Apdal as the two candidates whose chances looked brighter than the others.
Those vying for a post in the council are incumbent supreme council members Datuk Salleh Said and Datuk Osu Sukam – both former chief ministers – and former deputy chief minister Datuk Lajim Ukin.
The other Sabah candidates in the running are Deputy Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Anifah Aman and former state minister Datuk Ghapur Salleh.
A total of 51 candidates are vying for 25 elected supreme council posts in the party polls on Thursday.
Sabah Umno information chief Datuk Rahim Ismail said they had been working hard for Musa to be elected although he would automatically be appointed to the supreme council by virtue of him being the state liaison chief.
“We are also trying to ensure that at least two other candidates from Sabah are voted in,” Rahim said yesterday.
He said Sabah Umno had selected Kota Marudu division chief Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia, Kudat MP Datuk Rahim Bakri and Lahad Datu assemblyman Suhaili Said to speak at the party’s general assembly.