Some aspirants of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who stepped down for consensus candidates of key positions during the last national convention of the ruling party are now seeking refund of the money they paid for the nomination forms.
The delay on the part of the APC's leadership to obey the president's order in this regard is brewing a crisis among the aspirants in question who are already aggrieved, having paid between N2.5 million and N20 million for the nomination forms.
A report by Punch has it that the APC, after the March 26 convention, raked in N700 million with an additional N3 billion from among stakeholders and party members before the presidential primary.
Below are the names of the aspirants and who they stepped down for during the convention:
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Adamu: national chairman
- Senator Umar Al-Makura
- Salihu Mustapha
- Muhammed Sani Musa
- Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar
- Senator George Akume
- Mohammed Etsu
Abubakar Kyari: national deputy chairman (north)
- Yakubu Dogara
- Faruq Aliyu
- Sunny Sylvester Monidefe
- Senator Ken Nnamani
- Malam Isa Yuguda
- Emmanuel Joseph
Senator Iyiola Omisore: national secretary
- Adebayo Shittu
- Oyedele Ifeoluwa
- Prof Olaiya Olaitan
Victor Giadom: national vice chairman (south-south)
- Yekini Nabena
- Worgu Chambers
It was gathered by the newspaper that aside from the above-named aspirants, there are 113 other aggrieved politicians who are also yet to be refunded.
One of them who spoke with the media outfit without mentioning his name said:
“We know how much was raised at the convention and even the APC presidential primary. So what is the problem? We the party members are equally aware of how much was doled out for Osun and Ekiti elections. I still don’t get why Adamu is finding it hard to comply with the directive of the president.
“The only reason we delayed in taking this issue to court until now was to avoid putting our presidential candidate, Asiwaju, in a bad light. But as it stands, we have no option but to head for court. Everybody knows what took place at the convention where we had to step down cannot be called an election. Perhaps, that’s why some of them in the NWC including Adamu has been acting with impunity.”
APC fixes cost of presidential, governorship forms
The APC had pegged the amount for its presidential form at the cost of 100 million.
The expression of interest form was fixed at N30 million, while the nomination form was to go for N70 million.
This was part of the decision reached during the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting held on Wednesday, April 20, in Abuja.