Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja
The All Progressives Congress (APC) Screening Committees have cleared all aspirants who purchased expression of interest and nomination forms to contest the party’s primary election scheduled for Thursday, September 3, 2020.
The ruling party also said there are no preferred, pre-determined or anointed aspirants ahead of the October 31 concurrent legislative by-elections scheduled by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mr. Yekini Nabena, in a statement he issued yesterday said the party would continue to give all aspirants a level playing field while also ensuring that only those with impeccable records and are popularly elected are presented as APC candidates in all elections.
He stated: “This clarification come in reaction to a statement by an APC Chieftain, Mr. Okoi Obono-Obla, alleging an attempt to “foist” a predetermined candidate in the forthcoming Cross River North Senatorial District by-elections.
“Under the Governor Mai Mala Buni-led caretaker committee, the party is already moving in a new and progressive direction whereby things are done properly and internal democracy is the norm. The party will continue to give all aspirants a level playing field while also ensuring that only those with impeccable records and are popularly elected are presented as APC candidates in all elections.”
Legislative by-elections would be conducted across eight states of the federation including Bayelsa Central Senatorial election, Bayelsa West Senatorial election; Nganzai State Constituency Borno, Bayo State Constituency, Borno State; Cross River North Senatorial election, Obudu State Constituency and Cross River State.
Others are Imo North Senatorial election, Lagos East Senatorial election, Kosofe II State Constituency, Lagos State, Plateau South Senatorial election, Plateau State; Bakura State Constituency, Zamfara State and Ibaji State Constituency, Kogi State.