The National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has proposed N55 million for the nomination and expression of interest forms for its presidential ticket.

President Muhammadu Buhari, so far, is the only aspirant that has signified interest in the party’s presidential ticket.

The party has also proposed N22.5 million for its governorship ticket.

In the proposal, the nomination form for the presidency costs N50 million, while the expression of interest form goes for N5 million.

For the governorship ticket of the party, the nomination fee costs N20 million, while the expression of interest form cost N2.5 million. Also, other nomination and expression of interest forms for elective offices were reviewed upward.

For the Senate, the party proposed N7.5 million for nomination form and N1 million for expression of interest form, whereas the nomination form was bought for N3 million and expression of interest form for N300,000 in 2014.

In the proposal, the party’s NWC recommended N3.5 million for the nomination form and N350,000 for expression of interest form for the House of Representatives. In 2014, aspirants purchased same for N2 million and N200,000 respectively.

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For House of Assembly, the NWC proposed N1 million for nomination form and N100,000 for expression of interest form unlike in 2014 when the forms were bought for N500,000 and N50,000 respectively. In 2014, the nomination and expression of interest forms for the presidential ticket was N27.5 million, while that of governorship was N5.5 million.

However, the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party has rejected the proposals, as the NWC was asked to go and review the proposition downward.

Speaking with journalists after the 6th NEC meeting in Abuja on Thursday, Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau said that the NWC was asked to go and review the fee downward.

Lalong also said the APC has adopted direct primary for the selection of its presidential candidate for the 2019 election. The party also opted for a flexible method for the conduct of its primaries for the states for the selection of its governorship, senatorial and other elective positions

The direct primary is likely to be a mere formality for President Muhammadu Buhari on September 19.

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