The All Progressives Grand Alliance says it has received no fewer than 1,700 applications for waivers from those who wish to contest on the party’s platform.
Dr Victor Oye, National Chairman of APGA, said this while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in interview in Awka on Tuesday.
Oye said that the high number of waiver applications was an attestation of the popularity of the party.
The party chairman said a good number of the waivers were granted in spite falling short of requirements, especially on duration of membership.
He also added that some waivers were from people and agents with intent to destabilise the party.
Oye said: “There was wide acceptance of APGA across Nigeria; people were surging to run on our platform, we had a total of 1,700 applications for waiver.
“We granted a good number of them even when they did not meet minimum period of 18 months of membership, this was in order to avoid crisis and overheating the system.
“APGA has 283 candidates for Federal House of representatives, so you can see the subscription level which is an indication of the impact we will make in 2019.”
Oye said the recent discontent in the party was exaggerated and thanked Nigerians for their support for APGA.
He promised that APGA would provide a virile alternative to Nigeria’s leadership question.
Ahead of the general elections, he promised that APGA would run massive and issue-based campaigns and urged other political parties to play by the rules.
The chairman gave the assurance that all genuinely aggrieved members of APGA would be pacified, calling on them to key into the ongoing reconciliation process.
Oye said: “We shall strongly consider the report and recommendations of the national reconciliation committee whenever it is submitted.
“I must state however, that it is not a probe panel but a reconciliatory process to pacify those who are genuinely aggrieved.”