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APC clear up vexed issue of consensus candidates

A man walks with an All Progressive Congress (APC) political party flag during a Democracy Day parade on May 29, 2017 in Freedom Square in Owerri. Democracy Day celebrates the end of military rules in Nigeria in May of 1999. / AFP PHOTO / STEFAN HEUNIS

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that consensus will apply only when no other aspirant signifies interest through purchase of its Expression of Interest and Nomination forms for the position in question ahead of its primaries, according to Mr Yekini Nabena, APC’s National Publicity Secretary.

A bitter divide over the contentious mode adopted by the ruling All Progressives Congress,(APC) for it’s primaries threaten Party unity in dozens of states.

“The attention of the APC has been drawn to announcements of consensus candidates for elective positions in some states, it is therefore, pertinent to make some clarifications to enlighten party faithful on the procedure for nominating candidates., the statement said.

“While consensus is provided for by the party’s constitution, the option is conditional. “Consensus does not foreclose Direct or Indirect Primaries for all elective positions as contained in the resolution of the 6th Meeting of the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC).

“Again, consensus will apply when no other aspirant signify interest through purchase of nomination forms for the position in question,” Nabena said in a statement. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the APC national secretariat has, however, remained a beehive of activities since Sept. 5 when it began the sale of Expression of Interest and Nomination forms to aspirants for 2019 general elections.

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