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2015: APGA Pegs Governorship Forms at N12m, Silent on Presidency


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IMAGE: Dr. Abdulahi Sani Shinkafi, the National Secretary »

October.23.2014

The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) on Wednesday gave an indication that it would not field a candidate for the 2015 presidential elections after it skipped primaries for the presidency from its approved guidelines and timetable.

In the timetable and guidelines for the conduct of its primaries released on Wednesday, the party gave a timeframe for the conduct of primaries for all categories of elective political offices and cost of the nomination forms except that of the presidency.

By deliberately skipping presidential primaries in its schedule, the party has apparently confirmed speculations that it was going to endorse the re-election bid of President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015.

According to schedule of activities released after a meeting of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) signed by the National Secretary, Dr. Abdulahi Sani Shinkafi, the purchase and return of the expression interest forms and nomination would commence on October 27 and end on November 4.

The party therefore pegged its governorship form at N12 million and the Expression of Interest form for N2 million while the nomination form is N10 million.

For the state Houses of Assembly, the Expression of Interest form goes for N200, 000 while the nomination form is N1 million. The Expression of Interest form for the House of Representative is N500, 000 while the nomination form is N2 million. Expression of Interest form for the Senate is N500, 000, while the nomination form is N3 million.

Shinkafi said female aspirants shall pay only 50 percent of the fees for the nomination forms as stipulated above.

The state Assembly and National Assembly Expression of Interest forms and nomination forms are obtainable at the state secretariats of the party, while the governorship Expression of Interest and nomination forms are obtainable at the national secretariat of the party in Abuja.

The statement further said: “Forms are obtainable with certified bank drafts (non-refundable) payable to APGA national headquarters, Abuja.

“Upon completion, the Expression of Interest and nomination forms shall be returned to the points of purchase, accompanied by all relevant documents stipulated therein.

“The Party reserves the right and discretion to issue Expression of Interest and nomination forms at any time before the scheduled primaries.

The screening of prospective aspirants and the determination of appeals arising from the exercise for state House of Assembly are fixed for November 7 to 8 while the appeal arising from the screening exercise is slated for November 10 at the state party secretariats.

For the House of Representatives, the screening is scheduled to take place at the state party secretariats from November 11 to 12 while appeal arising from it is fixed for November 13 at the state party secretariats.

The Senate screening would take place at the state party secretariats from November 14 while the appeal would begin on November 15 at the same place. The screening of governorship will take place at the national secretariat from November 20 to 21 while appeal arising from it  will be held on November 22 also at national secretariats of the party.

The primaries to nominate candidates for the ward congresses are scheduled for November 12, whereas state House of Assembly primaries will take place on November 18. Primaries for the House of Representatives will hold on November 24.
The resolution of appeals and disputes arising from the primaries for the state House of Assembly would be handled on November 20, while that of the House of Representatives will hold on  November 26.

In the same vein, petitions arising from primaries for  senate and    governorship are to be considered by  December 1 and 6 respectively.

However, the party has fixed a meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) on November 3 to approve the guidelines for the conduct of its primaries.

Article Credit: Thisdaylive

Updated 4 Years ago
 

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