- The submission of completed nomination forms for aspirants seeking the presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has closed
- President Muhammadu Buhari emerged unopposed as he was the only presidential aspirant who collected and submitted the nomination forms
- Though Buhari may have technically clinched the APC presidential ticket, he still has to face the process of ratification through the direct primary
President Muhammadu Buhari is the only presidential aspirant who collected and submitted the nomination forms of the APC ahead of the party's primary later this month.
This means the president has emerged unopposed in his bid for a second term of office on the platform of the ruling party
This Day however reports that the president would still undergo other processes before he would be formally pronounced the presidential candidate of the APC for next year’s election.
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According to the Electoral Act 2010 as amended, an unopposed aspirant would have to face a special convention or congress of his party to affirm his candidature.
Specifically, Section 87 (6) of the Electoral Act says, “Where there is only one aspirant in a political party for any of the elective positions mentioned in paragraph (4) (a) (b) (c) and (d), the party shall convene a special convention or congress at a designated centre on a specified date for the confirmation of such aspirant and the name of the aspirant shall be forwarded to the commission as the candidate of the party.”
The APC had in a memo to its members stated its clear intention to comply with this provision of the electoral act, urging full compliance so that any victory obtained at the polls would not be susceptible to being successfully challenged at election petition tribunals.
What this means is that even though President Buhari may have technically clinched the presidential ticket of the APC, he still has to face the process of ratification through the direct primary approved by the National Executive Committee of the party.
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Meanwhile, a Peoples Democratic Party presidential aspirant, Attahiru Bafarawa, has said that all the aspirants under the platform of the party were united in the removal of the ruling APC-led federal government out of power in 2019.
Bafarawa made the comment during his consultation with the Edo state chapter of the party in Benin ahead of the October 2018 national convention of the party.
“The number of aspirants is not something to fear and worry about. We are together. We are united and our main common objective is to get APC out of power because it is a disaster,” he said.
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