The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) yesterday named Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, as its leader/Board of Trustees chairman.
With the appointment, he replaces his predecessor, Mr. Peter Obi, who decamped to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) last month.
The party’s NEC also approved the guidelines for the conduct of its primaries to select candidates for the elections as was released by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party on October 21, 2014.
National Chairman of the party, Chief Victor Umeh disclosed the position of NEC in a statement issued to newsmen. The statement stated that pursuant to the mandate given on January 18, 2014, by the National Executive Committee to the National Working Committee to fill existing vacancies in the NWC, the NEC also appointed Mr. Alexander Amujiogu as the acting deputy national secretary of the party.
“To approve and adopt the APGA Electoral Guidelines for primary elections for 2015 .
“Having regard to the resignation of Chief Peter Obi as the leader and chairman of the Board of Trustees of APGA and his subsequent defection to the PDP and the vacancy created thereof in the office of the leader and chairman of the Board of Trustees, the National Executive Committee unanimously appointed his excellency, Chief Dr. Willie Obiano, the governor of Anambra State, as the leader and chairman of the Board of Trustees of the party.
“Pursuant to the mandate given on January 18, 2014 by the National Executive Committee to the National Working Committee fill existing vacancies in the NWC the NEC also appointed Bar. Alexander Amujiogu as the Acting Deputy National Secretary of the party.
The party’s NWC had on October 21st released the schedule of activities for the conduct of its primaries for the 2015 general elections.
According to schedule of activities released after a meeting of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) and signed by the National Secretary Dr. Abdulahi Sani Shinkafi the purchase and return of the expression interest forms and nomination begins on October 27 and ends on the 4th of the November.
The party pegged its governorship form at N12 million with the expression of interest form going for N2million while the Nomination Form is N10million.
For the State Houses of Assembly the expression of Interest form goes for N200,000 while the nomination form is N1million. The expression of interest form for the House of Representative is N500,000 and the nomination form is N2million. Expression of Interest Form for the Senate sells at N500, 000, while the nomination form is N3million.
* Nomination Form – N3million
Shinkafi said that Women Aspirants shall pay only 50% of the fees for the Nomination Forms stipulated above. The State Assembly and National Assembly Expression of Interest Forms and Nomination Forms are obtainable at the State Secretariats of the Party.
While the Governorship Expression of Interest Forms and Nomination Forms are obtainable at the National Secretariat of the Party, Abuja.
The statement further read that “Forms are obtainable with certified Bank Drafts (non-refundable) made payable to All Progressives Grand Alliance, National Headquarters, Abuja. Upon completion, the Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms shall be returned to the Points of Purchase, accompanied by all relevant Documents stipulated therein.
“The Party reserves the right and discretion to issue Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms at any time before the scheduled Primaries.
The Screening of prospective aspirants and the determination of appeals arising from the exercise for State House of Assembly Was fixed for 7th November – 8th November 2014, and Appeals arising out of the Screening – 10th November, 2014
at State Secretariats of the Party :
For the House of Representatives the Screening is scheduled for the State Secretariats of the party for the11th Nov. – 12th Nov. 2014, while appeals arising therefrom was fixed for 13th November, 2014 at State Secretariats of the Party.
The Senate Screening is at State Secretariats from 14th November, 2014 and the appeals arising therefrom – 15th November, 2014, at the State Secretariats of the Party. The Governorship Screening at National Secretariat from the 20th Nov. – 21st Nov. 2014. While the Appeals arising therefrom – 22nd November, 2014 at National Secretariats of the Party.
The primaries to nominate candidates for the ward congresses are scheduled as follows;
(1) Ward Congresses for the Election of 3 Ad-Hoc Delegates – November 12th, 2014
(2) State House of Assembly Primaries – November 18th 2014
(3) House of Representatives Primaries – November 24th 2014
(4) Senate Primaries – November 28th 2014
(5) Governorship Primaries – December 4th 2014
The resolution of appeals and disputes arising from the primaries were fixed as follows;
(1) State House of Assembly – November 20th 2014.
(2) House of Representatives – November 26th 2014
(3) Senate – December 1st 2014
(4) Governorship – December 6th 2014
The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Party will meet on 3rd of November 2014 to approve the Guidelines for the conduct of the Party’s Primaries.