Days before the February 25th, 2023 general elections, the ruling All Progressives Congress on Friday morning released its primary election timetable for the governorship office in three states including Kogi, Bayelsa, and Imo States.
The timetable was approved for release by the party after a series of meetings with its National Executive Committee and the National Working in Abuja.
According to the PUNCH, a closer look at the new primary election schedule published on Friday shows that, other than dates and venues, it is different from the previous ones used for the timetable deployed last year for other states’ primary.
Unlike in the category of the presidential primary where candidates were made to pay N100 million to pick up the nomination and expression of interest forms, the cost for the governorship form is still retained at N50 million.
The newly released schedule signed by the National Organising Secretary, Suleiman Argungu, however, stipulated that female aspirants and interested Persons Living with Disabilities are to procure only the expression of interest form (N10m) while the nomination form would be given to them free.
On the other hand, young politicians within the age bracket of 25 to 40 years, who are interested in taking a shot at the governorship ticket at the primary, are also encouraged to pick up the forsubsidizedsidised rate of N30m.
Argungu, however, noted all candidates vying for the position in their respective state should come to the national headquarters of the APC in Wuse II in Abuja from February 15 to 22 to purchase and pick up their forms.
He said, “The last day for submission of the completed governorship nomination form, expression of I, interest and accompanying documents is Wednesday, February 22 and the screening of aspirants will take place from March 24 – 26. The offer for the screening will be published on March 28the while the screening appeal holds the following day.
“Members to elect delegates will be financial members of the party of not less than three months to the date of the delegate Congress at the rate of N200 per month. The purchase for the delegate form is N5,000.”
The ruling party also announced that the primary election holds on Monday, April 10 while the Congress to ratify the results of the Imo and Bayelsa governorship primaries takes place on April 11.
The primary election appeal follows on Wednesday, April 12