Nigeria’s governing party, the All Progressives Congress, APC is already preparing for the governorship election scheduled to hold on September 10, 2016 in Edo State in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.
The APC National Organising Secretary, Senator Osita Izunaso while speaking with journalists at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja gave details of the plans the party has made so far.
“We will start on Monday, May 16 with a stakeholders meeting in Abuja. By Tuesday, May 17, the sale of forms will commence. That will be available until June 3, 2016. By June 6, we expect all the aspirants who obtained the forms to have filled them and submitted the forms at the party’s national headquarters in Abuja.
“On Wednesday, June 8, the screening exercise will be conducted for all the aspirants who bought the forms. The exercise will continue until June 12. If there are issues arising from the screening exercise, the Appeal Committee will look at them from Monday, June 13 to June 15.
“The governorship primary election will hold in Benin City on Saturday, June 18, 2016. The Election Appeal Committee will hold its sittings between Monday, June 20 and June 23, 2016.
“Express of interest form costs five hundred thousand naira (N500,000) while the nomination forms cost five million Naira (5,000,000)
“Female aspirants won’t pay for forms. We don’t charge women for forms in our party” he explained.
Currently there are disputes within the APC in Edo state which got worse when the Edo State House of Assembly suspended the Speaker and Deputy Speaker last week.
The APC has majority in the Edo State House of Assembly.
But the party at the National level set up a fact finding and Reconciliation Committee on Monday to resolve the crisis within the party in Edo state before the governorship election.
Senator Izunasor said the committee had two weeks to work.
“The committee has two weeks to finish their job. It commences its job on Monday. They will move to Benin on Wednesday. They would have rounded off by next week. The party will look at their report and take a decision. We have accommodated the period of reconciliation in the proposed timetable.
“We believe that before we get to the point of primaries, which is up to a month from now, everything about misunderstanding in that state will have been sorted out. The issues are not as serious as we have been made to understand. Certainly, it will be sorted out” he said.
The present governor, Mr. Adams Oshiomole who is a member of APC will end his tenure as governor in September.