APC Primaries: PMB emerges APC’s sole Presidential Aspirant
President Muhammadu Buhari has emerged the sole Presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
At the close of the deadline for the submission of completed expression of interest forms for aspirants seeking elective positions on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Wednesday, President Muhammadu Buhari was the only aspirant who had procured and submitted the party’s nomination forms.
He is consequently the only candidate of the APC in his bid for a second term in office.
The President will however have to fulfill the provisions of extant laws for sole candidature on any political platform.
By the provisions of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended, an unopposed aspirant would have to face a special convention or congress of his party to affirm his candidature.
Specifically, Section 87 (6) of the Electoral Act says, “Where there is only one aspirant in a political party for any of the elective positions mentioned in paragraph (4) (a) (b) (c) and (d), the Party shall convene a special convention or congress at a designated Centre on a specified date for the confirmation of such aspirant and the name of the aspirant shall be forwarded to the Commission as the Candidate of the Party.”
The party had stated its intention to comply with this provision of the electoral act in a memo sent to its state branches on Tuesday, urging full compliance so that any victory obtained at the polls would not be susceptible to legal challenge at election petition tribunals.
This conveys the fact that even though the President may have technically clinched the presidential ticket of the APC, he still has to face the process of ratification through the direct primary approved by the National Executive Committee some weeks ago.
The president had yesterday submitted his forms to the National Chairman, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, at the National Secretariat of the party in Abuja.
In another development, Adamu Garba, CEO, IPI Solutions Nigeria Limited, who had indicated interest in the Presidential ticket on the platform of the APC had to forgo his interest for sake of the steep price tag on the forms.
He disclosed his intention to discontinue his pursuit in a series of tweets on his twitter handle @adamugarba.
Fellow Nigerians, I write to notify you that I was unable to pick the nomination form for my party, the @OfficialAPCNg. In good conscience, I cannot justify legitimizing such a huge sum of money just to participate in the party primaries for the coming 2019 election.
— Adamu Garba II (@adamugarba) September 11, 2018