APC presidential form to cost N45m, party releases timetable for 2019 primaries

Presidential aspirants for the 2019 election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress will pay N45 million to obtain the party’s Expression of Interest and Nomination forms to stand a chance of contesting in the direct primaries slated for September 20.
Emma Ibediro, the National Organising Secretary of the APC, revealed this in a schedule  and timetable published  on Tuesday night in Abuja.
The schedule lists the various fees that aspirants for all offices will pay and the dates of congresses and primaries for all the elective posts.
It was approved by both the National Working Committee and the National Executive Committee of the party.
For the presidential aspirants, the Expression of Interest form costs N5 million and  the Nomination form N40 million.
The APC said there shall be no separate charge for the vice-presidential aspirants and also announced a 50 per cent discount for female and physically challenged aspirants for all positions.
Aspirants for the governorship posts would pay N22.5 million for both expression of Interest and the Nomination forms.
While the latter costs N20 million, the expression of interest form costs N2.5 million.
House of Assembly aspirants would pay N850,000.
Aspirants into the House of Representatives would pay N3.8 million and the Senate  N7 million.
Ibediro said the sale of Nomination and Expression of Interest forms for all elective offices would commence on September 5 and end September 10.
All forms are expected to be submitted not later than September 12.
The party’s congress would hold on September 12 nationwide to elect delegates for its primaries.
September 13 to 14 has also been fixed to hear appeals that may arise from the congress, while September 15 to 18 would be for screening of aspirants that purchased forms.
“All forms are to be collected and submitted on or before Wednesday September 12, 2018,” Ibediro said.
Appeals that may arise from the screening of aspirants would be heard on September 19 to 20.
Presidential primaries would hold on September 20, while appeal that may arise from the conduct would be heard on September 22.
September 25 has been fixed for the party’s governorship primaries to elect candidates for the election, while September 26 to 27 had also been fixed as a day for hearing of appeal that may arise from the conduct.
September 28 to 30 had been fixed for hearing of appeals that may arise from all legislative primaries.
October 6 has been fixed for the National Convention to ratify the party’s candidate for the 2019 presidential election.
All interested aspirants for presidential, governorship, Senate and House of Representatives elections are to purchase their forms from the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja.
All interested aspirants for State House of Assembly are to purchase their forms at their respective State party secretariats or the National Secretariat.
All payments for forms should be made in full and directly into the designated bank accounts of the party