APC Convention: Aggrieved Aspirants Sue APC

APC Convention: Aggrieved Aspirants Sue APC
  • PublishedMarch 30, 2022

Aggrieved aspirants of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who stepped down at last Saturday’s national convention have threatened to sue the party if they are not refunded the money they paid for expression of interest and nomination forms.

President Muhammadu Buhari had anointed a former governor of Nasarawa State, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, for the office of APC national chairman and asked other contestants for the position to concede.

The president also directed the party’s top echelon to refund monies spent by aspirants on the expression of interest and nomination forms including those contesting other positions who were affected by the consensus arrangement.

Sequel to this, many aspirants withdrew from the race. The chairmanship aspirants made their withdrawal known in a letter dated March 25, 2022.

The letter was addressed to the chairman, APC Election Sub-Committee and signed by the Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Senator George Akume.

The chairmanship aspirants who stepped down for Adamu are a former governor of Nasarawa State, Senator Tanko Al-Makura; Minister of Special Duties, Senator George Akume; a former governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari; senator representing Niger East, Mohammed Sani Musa; a former deputy national chairman of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), Saliu Mustapha and Saidu Etsu.

The aspirants for other offices also stepped down to create room for consensus, but those who stepped down on the convention ground said their monies were yet to be refunded.

One of them said, “If our monies are not refunded then we will have no other option than to seek redress in court.

“The way and manner things have turned out in the APC is a bad omen for democracy. But it should be on record that there was a presidential directive. That directive must be strictly adhered to; otherwise, it will attract legal consequences.”

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