The All Progressives Congress (APC) has fixed a date for its presidential primaries to elect a candidate for the 2019 presidential election. The party’s national working committee said the primaries for the ruling party would take place on Thursday, September 20. The party in its guidelines for the conduct of the process said the presidential candidate would emerge through direct primary.
It also fixed the governorship primaries for Monday, September 24 and Tuesday 25th, September, APC in a statement signed by its national organising secretary, Emma Ibediro, the APC also indicated that the sale of expression of interest and nomination forms for all elective offices would begin on Wednesday, September 5. The party also said each presidential aspirant will buy expression of interest form for N5 million, while nomination form will go for N40 million reducing the total amount to N45 million – N10 million less than its previous amount. APC also said that the governorship aspirants will buy the expression off interest form for N2.5 million while nomination form will sell for N20 million totaling N22.5 million. On the other had the senatorial aspirants will pay N1 million for Expression of interest form for while nomination form attracts N6 million totaling N7m. Subsequently, the House of Representatives expression of interest form is N350,000, while its nomination form attracts N3.5 million, totaling N3.85 million. Also the State House of Assembly’s expression of interest form for N100,000 its nomination form attracts N750,000 totaling N850,000. However, the party’s guideline for the sale of forms ruled out separate charges for deputy, added that female aspirants and physically challenged aspirants who are expected to pay 50% of the prescribed fees for each position.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari had decried the high cost of forms for aspirants ahead of the 2019 election. Buhari Youth Organisation (BYO) urged the All Progressives Congress (APC) to review the nomination and expression of interest fees for aspirants contesting the 2019 general elections. According to the group, the fees being demanded by the ruling party from aspirants is a “disenfranchisement weapon” for genuine aspirants, especially for the youths.