Ekiti APC fixes LG chairmanship nomination form at N500,000

Ekiti State All Progressives Congress, APC, has fixed nomination fee for chairmanship aspirants under the party at N500,000, for Vice Chairmanship aspirant is N300,000 and N100,000 for councillorship aspirants.

In the guidelines for LG/LCDA candidates’ nominations, released on Monday, the party’s state Publicity Secretary, Segun Dipe, said: “The APC, in Ekiti State has issued guidelines for the nominations of candidates for the Local Government and Local Council Development Authority, LCDA, in the state.

“This follows the release of the time table for LG/LCDA councillorship and chairmanship elections slated for December 2, 2023, by Ekiti State Independent Electoral Commission, EKSIEC.

“While releasing the guidelines to the party Chairmen from the 16 LGAs, the state Chairman of APC, Paul Omotosho assured that they (the guidelines) conformed to the provisions of the party’s constitution, the extant electoral act and the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“The party constitution prescribes that member’s names in the party register shall be the prima facie evidence of valid registration as a member of the party, i.e the revalidated/revalidation register of the party, provided such person or persons had not at any point in time decamped to any other political party before coming back to claim the membership of APC.

“Consequent upon the aspirant complying with provisions of the party’s constitution, he or she shall complete nomination forms specifically provided for the office being sought after having paid the prescribed expression of interest and nomination fees.

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All payments should be made in full directly into the designated bank account of the APC, Ekiti State chapter.

“The EKSIEC time table has scheduled holding of the Ward Congresses to elect candidates councillorship candidates by political parties for September 30, 2023, and that for the election of chairmanship election for November 7, 2023.

“Omotosho hinted that nominations for both the councillorship and chairmanship positions in the party shall be by direct primary election conducted at the ward level.

He added that all validly registered Party members in every ward shall vote by open secret ballot where there is no consensus. Where a candidate emerges by consensus, he said, a vote of “yes” or “no” shall be called.

“Validly registered members shall assemble at their respective wards’ party secretariat or any other designated place or venue not in worship centre, office or private residence, and vote by open secret ballot.

“The aspirant with the highest number of votes in the various wards that makes up the LG/LCDA shall be announced as the winner accordingly. Winning shall be by simple majority.

“The state Chairman, however, emphasised on the need for consensus, which according to him, is to be encouraged for peace, harmony, and unity of the party.

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“The party reeled out dates of activities as follows: Purchase Of Expression of interest and nomination forms for councillorship primary: September 14 to 28; screening of councillorship aspirants: September 27.

Appeals arising from screening: September 29; Councillorship primaries: September 30; purchase of expression of interest and nomination forms for chairmanship/Vice Chairmanship aspirants September 14-October 4.

Screening of chairmanship/Vice chairmanship aspirants: October 2; appeals arising from chairmanship/Vice Chairmanship aspirants: October 4; and chairmanship/Vice chairmanship primary: October 7.

“The revalidated party register of the wards shall serve as the voter’s register while the revalidated membership slip shall serve as the voter’s card.

“Nomination fees: Chairmanship aspirants: Expression of interest is N50,000 each. nomination form is N500,000 each; Vice Chairmanship aspirants: Expression of interest is N50,000 each. Nomination form is N300,000 each; and Councillorship aspirants: Expression of Interest is N30,000. Nomination form is N100,000.

“All female aspirants and people with disabilities are to pay 50 percent of the prescribed fees,” the statement added.

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