- 25 APC aspirants in Ekiti have paid N187.5m for the party's nomination forms ahead of 2018 gubernatorial election in the state
- The state party chairman, Olajide Awe, made the disclosure on Monday, April 16 in Ekiti
- He said each aspirant paid N5.5 million for nomination and expression of interest forms and N2.5 million as development levy
25 governorship aspirants of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti state have bought nomination and expression of interest forms ahead of the May 5 primary.
The Nation reports that the chairman of the party in the state, Olajide Awe, told reporters at an interfaith prayer and thanksgiving service to mark his return to office after a forced absence occasioned by murder charge filed against him by the state government.
NAIJ.com gathered that Awe, who was away for almost three years hailed his deputy, Kemisola Olaleye, other members of the executive committee and leaders at various levels for holding the fort.
He said that each aspirant paid N5.5 million into the purse of the national secretariat for nomination and expression of interest forms and N2.5 million into the coffers of the state chapter as development levy.
Addressing party faithful on the preparation for the primary, Awe promised all aspirants credible, transparent, free and fair primary.
He said leaders at the national and zonal (southwest) levels have been invited to come and talk to the aspirants that would be going into the primary.
The party chair said the national and southwest leaders’ visit was aimed at prevailing on the aspirants to accept the result and work for whoever that emerges as the party's flagbearer.
He warned leaders against inviting aspirants to their homes and extorting money from them.
Explaining the circumstances that led him to fleeing the state , Awe said he took the action when the situation turned around.
He noted that the murder case against him and two other members, Sola Adenijo and Sefiu Owonifari, were dropped when it was discovered to be a spurious charge.
The APC boss thanked Governor Ayo Fayose for his magnanimity in withdrawing the charge against him, the action upon which he was acquitted and discharged by the court.
Awe also counselled leaders and delegates to listen to what the people are saying in arriving at the choice of flag bearer.
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He said Ekiti people are yearning for a change of government having realised that the stomach infrastructure promised by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was a ruse.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that a report by New Telegraph indicated that the NWC of the APC would have reviewed the cost of its expression of interest and nomination forms upward but for the fear of President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to a source quoted in the report, the NWC members felt with the number of Ekiti state governorship aspirants on the platform of the party, it was proper to jack up the cost of the party’s nomination and expression of interest forms to reduce the number of aspirants
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