By Gladys Ozamonu

Signs that some aspirants who may want to contest elective positions on the platform of the APC might be knocked out even before the actual race starts are popping up.
This is due to what some members of the party in the South South see as the prohibitive cost of purchasing nomination forms.

They say the cost set by the PDP is much lower in comparison to what the 11th NEC meeting of the APC decided.

The approved fees for the acquisition of Expression of Interest/ Nomination Forms released by the party shows that Presidential aspirants are to pay N100, 000,000 each for the collection of such forms.

Tinubu, ready to fight dirty

Governorship aspirants are to pay N50, 000,000 for such expression of interest /nomination forms while those contesting for the Senate are to cough out N20, 000,000.

Amaechi,,, can he afford the high stakes?

Aspirants for the House of Representatives are to pick the said forms with the sum of N10, 000,000 while their counterparts in the states are to do so with N2, 000,000.

Dakuku Peterside… Unreachable

An aggrieved APC member in Bayelsa said to our, Political Correspondent, “The PDP is asking for approximately N20, 000,000 from gubernatorial aspirants while our people are asking for N50, 000,000. Is this not a complete ripoff?”

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Tonye Princewill… Surprised by APC’s move.

Tonye Princewill, a gubernatorial aspirant said he was surprised by the decision.

Princewill acknowledged that he was “driving” in Lagos traffic when he “heard it” .

“I  am surprised by what I am hearing. My vehicle almost skidded off the road after I heard about it.

“N50, 000,000 is a lot of money. Some would be able to afford it, some of us  may be unable to.

“It means those who can’t afford these ‘high rise fees’ would be excluded from offering themselves for service because of the power of money” Princewill remarked.

The Telegraph put a call across to Dakuku Peterside via WhatsApp on Wednesday evening for his reaction, but it rang out

“It may be plot, yes a plot to push some people out of the race, using money as an instrument”, another APC member who chose to speak under ananimous conditions said in Port Harcourt.

Investigations by this publication show that APC Governors are refusing to accept a consensus arrangement in the choice of a presidential candidate.

They are insisting that there must be presidential primaries to decide who flies the APC flag.

We understand that many Governors of the party favour the indirect mode of organizing primaries.

Unlike direct approach which would open the door to more participants, the indirect mode is likely to be less expensive and easy to manage.

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Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has urged APC to avoid dictatorial tendencies and imposition of unpopular candidates who would be unable to win elections.

Buhari was speaking at the 11th NEC meeting of the All Progressives Congress which held in Abuja Wednesday.

The President noted, “I enjoin you all to follow due process in all the party processes and more importantly to develop more mechanisms against corruption.”