With the sale of forms for the Ondo State gubernatorial race effectively closed and prospective aspirants racing to returning same, the All Progressives Congress (APC) may have successfully net into its coffers, about N132 million from the its Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms.
Recall that the National Organising Secretary of APC, Senator Osita Izunaso, while inaugurating the seven- member screening committee headed by the Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, had charged the committee to ensure that all candidates must meet eligibility requirements provided by the 1999 Constitution (as amended), 2010 Electoral Act (as amended), the Party’s constitution and the Party’s 2014 guidelines for the nomination of candidates for public office.
Consequent upon the foregoing, LEADERSHIP checks revealed that 24 candidates have so far obtained, while 23 have so far paid for the forms with N5million for the Nomination and N500, 000 for the Expression of Interest Forms respectively.
The only female candidate, Jumoke Ajasin Anifowoshe, in line with the party’s constitution regarding female aspirants, obtained the form free.
The national chairman of APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, in a recent interview, had said that the party was suffering from “strains of funding”, but it did not intend to bother President Muhammadu Buhari because raising funds for the party was not part of his national assignment.
Oyegun had said: “The party is suffering the strains of funding,”
“We are working to raise resources within the membership. We have not asked for rescue from the president because it is not part of his national assignment.”