- The All Progressives Congress (APC) made a total of N3,847,500,000 from the sales of forms to governorship aspirants alone
- The report says 10 serving governors are currently seeking reelection ahead of 2019
- Three governors, Nasir el-Rufai (Kaduna), Umar Ganduje (Kano) and Simon Lalong (Plateau), are unopposed
Ahead of the primaries of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), the party has reportedly realised at least N3,847,500,000 from the sales of expression of interest and nomination forms from some aspirants.
Most of the aspirants are said to be contesting for the position of governor in the primaries which hold on September 25.
New Telegraph reports that its findings across the states and data obtained from the national secretariat of APC in Abuja indicate that 171 aspirants paid for governorship forms.
The report noted that the expression of interest and nomination forms for the governorship position were sold for N22.5 million.
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According to the report, 10 serving governors are seeking return tickets of the ruling party.
The report added that out of the 10 APC governors, only three, Nasir el-Rufai (Kaduna), Umar Ganduje (Kano) and Simon Lalong (Plateau), are not facing challenge in the party’s primaries since they are unopposed.
Also, three serving ministers, Brig Gen Dan Mansur Ali (Defence), Adebayo Shittu (Communication), Usani Usani (Niger Delta Affairs) and Aisha Alhassan (Women Affairs) are battling for APC governorship tickets in Zamfara, Oyo, Cross River and Taraba states respectively.
The APC reportedly made the highest amount, put at N450 million, from Borno state with 20 aspirants from nomination form sales.
Kwara state came second with the ruling party realising N292.5 million from 13 governorship aspirants.
“In Nasarawa, 11 aspirants paid N247.5 million into APC coffers for their forms, while 10 aspirants paid N225 million to obtain expression of interest and nomination forms in Taraba state.
“Four states - Imo, Gombe, Ebonyi and Zamfara - contributed N202.5 million each to the purse of the party with nine aspirants per state.
“In Oyo state, eight politicians have paid N180 million into the coffers of APC, while seven aspirants bought governorship nomination forms in Abia State with N157.5 million.
“Also, the ruling party raked in N135 million from six aspirants in Ogun, while similar amount was realised in Enugu,” the report stated.
The report further stated that in Benue, Yobe, Cross River and Delta states, five governorship aspirants bought the form for N112.5 million per state.
Also, aspirants from Bauchi, Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Sokoto bought forms for N90 million each.
“Lagos, Adamawa and Katsina, with three aspirants each, raised N67.5 million from the purchase of forms. APC was able to raise N45 million each from Kebbi, Niger and Jigawa states with two governorship aspirants per state.
“In terms of revenue generation with the sales of governorship forms, the ruling party raked in the least revenue from three states - Kano, Kaduna and Plateau.
“The incumbent Governors El-Rufai (Kaduna), Ganduje (Kano) and Lalong (Plateau) have no challenge in the party primaries as no other aspirant picked the expression of interest and nomination forms to succeed them.
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“The three governors paid N22.5 million each for their forms. As at the weekend, 20 governorship aspirants have obtained and submitted expression of interest and nomination forms to succeed Governor Kashim Shettima in Borno state.
“Most of the APC aspirants are serving and former lawmakers, ambassador and commissioners. Some of the aspirants are Borno state commissioner for reconstructions, rehabilitation and resetting, Prof Babagana Umara; Nigerian ambassador to China Republic, Ambassador Baba Ahmed Jidda; Senator Baba Kaka Garbai (Borno Central); Senator Abubakar Kyari (Borno North); Umar Alkali Nasko, a businessman; former presidential liaison officer to National Assembly, Senator Abba Aji; Mustapha Baba Shehuri and Kashim Ibrahim Imam,” the report said.
Legit.ng earlier reported that the Lagos state chapter of the APC on Thursday, September 6, said no fewer than 100 aspirants had picked up nomination forms to contest the state House of Assembly primary election in the last two days.
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