Critical Times News : More crisis in APC as party reduces only Buhari’s nomination fee

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More crisis in APC as party reduces only Buhari’s nomination fee

The All Progressives Congress (APC) was immersed in yet deeper crises yesterday following the slashing of the fee for the Expression of Interest and Nomination Form for the party’s presidential candidates from N55m to N45m.

Also slashed were the fees for aspirants to the Senate, House of Representatives and State Houses of Assembly.

The party however refused to cut down the fee for governorship aspirants, who would cough out N22.5m to obtain their own forms.

The cost of the nomination forms were part of the issues in contention that almost marred last week’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the party, apart from the choice between direct and indirect party primary.

Even as the dust raised by the adoption of direct primary is yet to settle, the national leadership of the party yet stoked another controversy when it decided to slash only the nomination fee for presidential, National and State legislative house aspirants and refused to vary downward its position on the fee for the governorship aspirants.

The party in statement by its National Organising Secretary, Barr.Emma Ibediro, said it will commence the sale of forms for all positions today.

He said that of the money by the presidential aspirants, N5 million would be for the Expression of Interest and the remainder for the Nomination Form itself.

For governorship, Expression of Interest form will cost N2.5 million, just as senatorial aspirants will pay N7million and the House of Representatives and State House of Assembly aspirants are expected to pay N350,000 and N100,000 to procure Expression of Interest forms respectively.

Ibediro explained that “there shall be no separate charge for deputies”, while “female aspirants and physically challenged aspirants are to pay 50 percent of the prescribed fees for each position”.

Briefing journalists at the end of the APC NEC meeting last Tuesday, the Governor of Plateau State, Simeon Lalong said “the fees for nomination forms was actually discussed and debated, but we left it for the NWC to resolve, taking into consideration some of the views canvassed by stakeholders.

“We told the NWC to come up with a reasonable figure and any amount they will agreeon will be accepted without referring further to NEC for rectification”.

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