The sum of N258.27 million was made by the APC from the purchase of expression of interest and nomination forms to aspirants expected to contest in the party’s governorship primaries in Ondo state.
According to the Nation newspaper, the eleven male governorship aspirants jostling for the party’s governorship ticket purchased the expression of interest and nomination forms each for N22.5 million.
The only female aspirant, however, paid N11.25 million for the interest and nomination form.
The newspaper stated that expression of interest form was sold at N2.5 million while the nomination form went for N20 million, as stipulated in the party’s guidelines.
The report said the 12 aspirants jostling for the party’s ticket in the primary include:
1. The incumbent governor, Rotimi Akeredolu
2. Chief Olusola Oke
3. Dr. Michael Olusegun Abraham
4. Chief Olubukola Adetula
5. Chief Isaac Duerimini Kekemeke
6. Chief Olayide Adelami,
7. Amb. Olusola Iji
8. Odimayo Okunjiml
9. Ifeoluwa Olusola Oyedele
10. Awodeyi Akinsehinwa Akinola
11. Nathaniel Olumuyiwa Adojutelegan
12. The only female aspirant, Olajumoke Olubusola Anifowoshe
The APC said that the screening of the aspirants will take place on Wednesday, July 8, while the screening appeal will hold on Friday, July 10.
The governorship primaries in Ondo is scheduled for July 20.
In another report, chairman of the caretaker committee of the APC, Governor Mai Mala Buni on Thursday, July 2, led members of the committee to visit the national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Governor Buni and his team were in Lagos to see Tinubu in their bid to achieve reconciliation in the party and carry all stakeholders along in their quest for unifying the party after a turbulent period witnessed recently.
Kebbi governor, Atiku Bagudu and his Lagos state counterpart, Babajide Sanwo-Olu were also at the meeting. Secretary of APC caretaker committee, Senator Akpan Udo-Edehe was also present.
Addressing reporters at the end of the meeting, Tinubu said the meeting was a consultation to move the party forward following the recent disagreements among some aggrieved members.
He, however, denied any report of differences or rancour, although he said there was no way there would not be dissent in a political association.
Meanwhile, Yakubu Dogara, the chairman of the PDP screening committee for the Ondo state governorship election, has assured the party's aspirants of equal and impartial treatment.
Dogara who is the immediate past speaker of the House of Reps gave the assurance shortly after the aspirants were screened in Abuja, The Sun reported.
He assured the aspirants that the committee was out for justice and justice would be served, noting that aspirants will be assessed strictly based on the documents they submitted.
Justice is indivisible. What is justice for one has to be justice to the other. “We are sure that at the end of the day the party will be proud of the exercise that we have done.
Nobody will be unjustifiably denied clearance for any reason. For anyone who is qualified," he stated.
Dogara said though the committee had screened all the aspirants, it would adjourn till 1pm on Friday, July 3, before taking its final position on the exercise.
He said that the committee recognised the responsibility bestowed on it and would do a thorough job.
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