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National Convention: APC fails to start selling forms, wannabes worry

Just two weeks before the National Convention of the All Progressives Congress, the party has yet to begin selling forms to aspirants to positions on its national working committee, the punch has learned.

The party had announced on January 19 that it would begin selling forms for aspirants vying for its national positions ahead of the National Convention from February 14.

National Secretary, APC Custodian and Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee Dr. John Akpanudoedehe announced the date.

But our correspondent has learned that nomination forms for NWC offices have yet to be printed.

Our correspondent, who was at the APC national secretariat on Monday, understood that the contract for printing the application forms had not yet been awarded.

Some of the aspirants who arrived at APC House Buhari headquarters to get the nomination forms were asked to come back on another date.

Aspirants from various parts of the country were seen lamenting the unavailability of nomination forms.

Among them were two national presidential hopefuls from the north-central and north-eastern regions, who sent representatives to get the forms but received no feedback.

Four other aspirants vying for the post of National Youth Leader were also spotted at the Buhari House, but they declined to speak to The PUNCH.

However, a source from Buhari House said, “We are all lost; at the moment we don’t even know what to say to some of the aspirants who have come. No one but the members of the National Caretaker Committee can tell you where things stand.

“The nomination form is not ready. In fact, no one is talking about printing any form here. Under normal circumstances, the party would have announced the sale of nomination forms, showing the cost of each position before now. Where have you seen such an ad? »

Another senior party official said the unavailability of forms was a consequence of internal division and wrangling between party leaders and the Progressive Governors Forum.

The source said that while some APC governors were preparing a consensus deal, others wanted party members to openly challenge it.

A campaign manager for a major party presidential candidate, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said representatives from the centre-north expressed disappointment at the development.

According to him, they wondered if the party was ready to hold its national congress on February 26.

Akpanudoedehe could not be reached for comment on the delay in printing forms as calls to his phone rang.

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