Ahead the Edo state governorship election slated for September 10, the All Progressives Congress, APC, has fixed the cost of nomination and expression of interest forms for all aspirants at N5.5 million
The National Organising Secretary of the party, Osita Izunaso, who spoke to journalists on Tuesday in Abuja said while the nomination form will cost N5 million, the expression of interest form was fixed at N500,000.00.
Mr. Izunaso, however, said female aspirants would be given the forms free of charge.He also added that in line with the Electoral Act and the party guidelines, the party had approved the timetable for the governorship primaries in Edo state.
“We will start on Monday, May 16 with a stakeholders meeting in Abuja. By Tuesday, May 17, the sale of forms will commence. That will be available until June 3, 2016.
“By June 6, we expect all the aspirants who obtained the forms to have filled them and submitted the forms at the party’s national headquarters in Abuja,” he said.
Mr. Izunaso also said the screening exercise for all aspirants would be conducted on Wednesday, June 8. He said the exercise will continue until June 12.
“If there are issues arising from the screening exercise, the Appeal Committee will look at them from Monday, June 13 to June 15. The governorship primary election will hold in Benin City on Saturday, June 18, 2016. The Election Appeal Committee will hold its sittings between Monday, June 20 and June 23, 2016,” he said.
The organizing secretary said due to the crisis that appear to dog the process in the state, the national headquarters has set up a fact-finding and reconciliation committee.
He said the committee has two weeks to finish their job, which it commenced on Monday. He also said the committee will move to Benin on Wednesday and are expected to round off by next week. “We have accommodated the period of reconciliation in the proposed timetable,” he said.