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Aspirants decry non-refund of nomination fees four months after APC convention



About four months after President Muhammadu Buhari directed the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to refund the nomination fees to all aspirants who stepped down for the party’s consensus arrangement at the party’s March 26 National Convention, the party is yet to heed the directive.

DAILY POST recalls that in order to achieve a consensus arrangement ahead of the party’s convention, Buhari at a meeting on the 23rd of March with eight National Chairmanship aspirants, held at the Villa, persuaded them to step down for a consensus candidate, with a promise of a refund of their nomination fee.

Each of the aspirants for various party offices paid between N2.5 and N20 million for the expression of interest and nomination forms.

DAILY POST reports that the party raked in over N700 million from about 170 persons who obtained nomination forms to contest for various party positions.

However, the aggrieved aspirants have been complaining about the non-compliance with the Presidential directive since March.

An aggrieved aspirant from one of the North-west states who pleaded anonymity decried the non-compliance with Buhari’s directive.

He said: “When the President gave the order on March 23rd, one will think, the first assignment of the beneficiaries of the consensus arrangement, that is the NWC members, was to effect an immediate refund of our nomination fees, having asked us to write our bank details for refund

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