By BORNEOTODAY REPORTERS
KOTA KINABALU: Umno dropped a bombshell Thursday when it named its list of 31 candidates, but conspicuously missing was former chief minister Musa Aman.
The Sungai Sibuga incumbent who had expressed a desire to contest in Sungai Manila, a new seat in the same parliamentary constituency, was not even at the venue where the candidates were announced.
Sabah Umno chief Bung Moktar Radin, who announced the candidates, told reporters that Musa had not lobbied for a seat from the party.
Musa had said on Facebook Wednesday he wanted to contest in Sungai Manila, ashe knew that he had lost support in Sungai Sibuga.
“We have said we respect all leaders, but it is just that Musa never applied to become a candidate for BN,” he said, adding that Musa was also not offered a seat.
Former federal minister, Salleh Said Keruak will contest the Usukan state seat in Kota Belud., while Bung who is also the Kinabatangan MP, will contest the new state seat of Lamag, which is in his parliamentary constituency.
Other Umno veterans in the fray include former MPs Jumat Idris and Raime Unggi.
James Ratib, who left Umno to join Upko only to leave it later, will defend his Sugut seat.
Akram Ismail (Banggi), Harun Durabi (Bengkoka), Sufian Abdul Karim (Pitas), Mohd Arsad Bistari (Tempasuk), Salleh Said Keruak (Usukan), Jasnih Daya (Pantai Dalit), Yakubah Khan (Karambunai), Jumat Idris (Darau), Mohd Reduan Aklee (Tanjung Aru), Shahelmey Yahya (Tanjung Keramat), Mohd Tamin Zainal (Pantai Manis), Ag Lahap Ag Bakar (Bongawan), Kamarlin Ombi (Lumadan), Sani Miasin (Sindumin).
Jafry Ariffin (Sukau), Abd Momen Anchai (Tungku), Halid Harun (Kunak), Abdul Manan Indanan (Sulabayan), Hamid Awang (Balung), Chaya Sulaiman (Kukusan), Andi Muhammad Surady Bandy (Tanjung Batu ) and Junaidi Sahat (Paginatan).
Raime Unggi (Kemabong) Abdul Wahab Abdul Gani (Telupid), James Ratib (Sugut), Suhaimi Nasir (Gum-Gum), Mokran Ingkat (Sungai Manila), Mohammad Hamsan Awang Supian (Sungai Sibuga), Hazulizah Md Dani (Sekong), Juhari Janan (Kuamut), Bung Moktar Radin (Lamag).