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Estimates made by The PUNCH have showed that the All Progressives Congress has made no less than N121m from governorship aspirants in Ondo State.
As of Friday when collection of the Nomination and the Declaration of Interest Forms by aspirants closed, 23 of them, including a female, had picked the forms.
The Nomination Form went for N5m, while the Declaration of Interest Form sold for N500,000.
The forms are a prerequisite for any governorship aspirant to participate in the party’s primary.
The primary holds on August 27, while the election holds on November 26, 2016.
Some political parties, including the APC, offer female contestants forms for free to allow for more women participation in such contests.
The 22 male aspirants, who paid N5.5m each for the forms, have paid a total of N121m into the coffers of the APC.
The deadline for the submission of forms is Monday (today).
Some of the APC governorship aspirant who picked the forms include a former National Legal Adviser of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olusola Oke, who contested against outgoing Governor Olusegun Mimiko (then in the Labour Party) on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party in 2012 and scored the second highest votes; and a former President of the Nigeria Bar Association and the APC candidate in the 2012 election, Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN).
Meanwhile, the Ondo State Governorship Screening Committee and the Appeal Committee will begin the verification of aspirants on Tuesday.
The committees, which were inaugurated by the APC on Wednesday, were saddled with the responsibility of testing the eligibility of governorship aspirants on the platform of the party for the forthcoming poll in the state.
The committees are chaired by the Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, and a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chief Agunwa Anaekwe, respectively.
The National Organising Secretary of the APC, Mr. Osita Izunaso, inaugurated the committees at the national secretariat of the party in Abuja.