Ondo State Poll: Governorship aspirants to be screened on April 12

Ondo State Poll: Governorship aspirants to be screened on April 12


By Emmanuel Mogbede

Abuja, April 10,2024 (NAN) The All Progressives Congress (APC) has fixed Friday April 12th, as a new date for the screening of  the 16 governorship aspirants jostling for the its ticket ahead of its April 20 Ondo State governorship primary election.

This was announced on Wednesday in a message on the party’s official X page, @OfficialAPCNg, urging aspirants to attend the screening taking place at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the two-day exercise was earlier scheduled to hold on Thursday, April 11.

“Due to the inclusion of Thursday, April 11th, 2024, as a public holiday by the Federal Government for ELd el-Fitei, all aspirants are requested to attend the screening on Friday, April 12, 2024. at the party’s  national secretariat,” the message read.

NAN reports that the exercise is expected to come up after the inauguration of a seven-member Ondo Governorship Screening Committee and another five-man Screening Appeal Committee by the party’s National Working Committee (NWC).

The Ondo State Governorship Screening Committee will be chaired by former Deputy Governor of Gombe, Sen. Joshua Lidani while a former member of the House of Representatives, Bimbo Daramola will be the committee’s Secretary.

Other members of the screening committee include:  Jones Erue, Chief Second Bakor, Magaret Duru, Prof. Chukwudi Ledirick and Abdul Balogun.

The five-man Screening Appeal Committee, will be chaired by the senator representing Kogi Central District, Oseni Yakubu and a former member of the House of Representatives, who has been appointed as Secretary.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed the off-cycle Ondo State governorship election for Nov. 16, 2024.

Prof. Abdulkarim Kana, APC’s National Legal Adviser on March 29, tasked the 16 Ondo State governorship aspirants to submit their credentials and other documents for vetting, saying the exercise would run from April 5 to 10.
He said the vetting process entails sighting of physical documents, credentials and others and that due diligence would be observed during the process.
According to Kana, the process is critical for a thorough report to the party’s Screening Committee.
NAN recalled that the party sold its Nomination from for #10,000,000 while its Expression of Interest forms was sold for #40,000,000 for male governorship aspirants.
Female aspirants and persons with disabilities paid #10,000,000 for the Expression of interest forms while the Nomination form was free for them.NAN)





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