Nigeria’s Ruling Party APC Sets Date For Presidential Primaries

Nigeria's Ruling Party APC Sets Presidential Primaries Date (News Central TV)

The presidential primaries for Nigeria’s ruling party, the All Progressives Party, APC, has been fixed for May 30-31, according to its spokesperson.

On February 23, 2023, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will resign after serving two four-year terms.

By June 3, 2022 the country’s major parties are expected to choose presidential candidates. According to the country’s electoral body, official campaigning will begin in September.

Current Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and former Lagos state governor Asiwaju Bola Tinubu are frontrunners in the race to be the next candidate.

The primaries for governors, state house assembly, national house of representatives and the senate are slated to run from May 18 to May 24.

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The party also ratified its Timetable for its primary elections. The process starts with a notice of elections to state chapters and will begin on April 22. Purchase of nomination and expression of interest forms will be next, followed by primaries and appeals.

The APC National Publicity Secretary, Felix Morka, spoke to journalists after the meeting and said the party had set the Nomination and Expression of Interest forms for Presidential candidates at 100 million Naira.

“Female aspirants and persons with disability to purchase our expression of interest forms for all the positions they may be interested in, while the nomination forms will be free with no cost to them.

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“Let me say again, especially of interest, funds will be paid for based on the schedule announced for our female aspirants, or persons living with disability will be paid for according to the fees announced for each of the positions.

“But the nomination forms, which obviously from what I’ve said cost more, will be delivered to them for free at no cost to them.

“Now, our youth also got some special consideration out of this meeting. And we consider our youth persons between the ages of 25 to 40. To purchase the expression of interest forms but with a discount of 50 per cent.

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“On the nomination forms now, as usual, all the payments are to be made to banks designated by the party and published in a very short while from now,” Morka said.

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