By Emmanuel Nduka
Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has pegged the cost of its presidential expression of interest and nomination forms at ₦100million.
This means that party stalwart and former Lagos State Governor Bola Tinubu, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige, will have to squeeze out the huge sum to begin their quest to jostle for the nation’s most exalted seat.
APC spokesperson Felix Morka made the disclosure at the end of the emergency National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting on Wednesday in Abuja.
He said the expression of interest form is ₦30million, while the nomination form is ₦70million respectively.
Others APC members who have indicated interest are Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, his counterpart in Ebonyi, Dave Umahi, former Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, former Senate President, Ken Nnamani and former Abia State Governor Orji Uzor Kalu.
For governors, the party approved ₦50million for both nomination and expression of interest, while Senate and House of Representatives aspirants are to pay ₦20million and ₦10million respectively.
Furthermore, aspirants for State House of assembly are to pay ₦2million for both forms.
NEC also adopted indirect primaries, which means that delegates will decide the flag bearers of the party.
In more announcements, the decision making power of the NEC has been transferred to the Abdullahi Adamu-led National Working Committee (NWC) for another three months.
Wednesday’s emergency NEC meeting was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Other APC chieftains at the meeting include President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, Chairman Abdullahi Adamu, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and other party members.