The All Progressives Congress, APC, yesterday released the timetable for its primaries ahead of the 2019 general election, fixing N45million was fixed as the sum presidential aspirants will pay to obtain the ruling party’s expression of interest and nomination forms.
While the expression of interest form for presidential aspirant costs N5million, the nomination form is N40 million. The APC said there shall be no separate charge for the vice-presidential aspirants and also announced a 50 percent discount for female and physically challenged aspirants, for all positions.
These were made known in the timetable signed by the National Organising Secretary of the party, Emmanuel Ibediro, which said the activities will commence with the sale of forms from September 5 to 10.
This will be followed by nationwide congresses on September 12 to elect delegates for other primaries except the presidential which will be decided by direct primary.
The timetable showed the presidential primary will be conducted on September 20 while governorship primaries will be held on September 26.
“The National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in line with the provisions of our Party’s Guidelines for the conduct of Party Primaries for the 2019 General Elections as approved by the National Executive Committee (NEC).
“Wednesday 5th – Monday 10th September, 2018, Sale of Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms for Elective Offices”
“Thursday 13th – Friday 14th September, 2018- Appeals arising from Congresses.
Saturday 15th – Tuesday 18th September, 201, Screening of Aspirants that have Purchased Forms, Wednesday 19th – Thursday 20th, September, 2018,
Appeals arising from the conduct of Screening of Aspirants.
“Thursday 20th September, 2018,
Presidential Primary; Direct Primary. Saturday 22nd September, 2018, Appeals arising from the conduct of Presidential Primary. Tuesday 25th, September, 2018, Governorship Primaries. Wednesday 26th – Thursday 27th September, 201, Appeals arising from Governorship Primaries
“Thursday 27th September, 2018 Saturday 29th September, 2018, Legislative Primaries; to elect Candidates for Senatorial elections and for House of Representatives elections. Friday 28th – Sunday 30th September, 201, Appeals arising from all Legislative Primaries
“Tuesday 2nd October, 2018
House of Assembly and FCT Area Council Primaries to elect State House of Assembly and Area Council Candidates.
Wednesday 3rd October, 2018, appeals arising from the conduct of House of Assembly Primaries. Saturday 6th October, 2018, National Convention (Presidential); to ratify/ elect Presidential Candidate,” the governing party said.
The party said all aspirants for presidential, governorship, Senate and House of Representative elections should pick their forms at the party’s national secretariat while aspirants for State Houses of Assembly have the option to purchase their forms either at their respective state party secretariat or the national secretariat.
According to the timetable, all forms are to be collected and submitted on or before September 12.
Listing the cost of the nomination forms, the party stated that aspirants for the governorship posts are expected to pay N22.5 million for both expression of interest and nomination forms. While the latter costs N20 million, the expression of interest form costs N2.5 million.
House of Assembly aspirants will pay a total of N850,000; House of Representatives aspirants are to pay a total of N3,850,000. Senatorial aspirants will pay a total of N7 million.