Ahead of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC’s) primaries, the sale of expression of interest and nomination forms by the party begins today nationwide.
The party’s National Working Committee (NWC) looks set to replace some of the directors on compulsory leave.
The sale of forms, which was earlier slated for last Saturday, was postponed to start today.
Organising secretaries from the 36 states are to collect forms for aspirants jostling for the House of Assembly seats, as the NWC has directed that nomination forms for the state legislature be sold at the state headquarters.
It was gathered that the sale of forms for the National Assembly, governorship and presidential tickets would be handled by the national secretariat at three designated places.
Confirming the development, APC National Publicity Secretary Felix Morka told reporters at the party’s secretariat that the exercise would start on Tuesday (today).
He said: “We are set to commence sale tomorrow (Tuesday). The guideline for the exercise will soon be released on our platform. While the forms for the House of Assembly will be sold at the state level nationwide, others will be sold here at the national secretariat. “
The reorganisation of the national secretariat being mulled by the NWC is taking shape, as moves are on to replace some of the directors asked to proceed on compulsory and immediate leave.
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A source in the party said the NWC was to invite applications from qualified persons from within and outside the party to replace the directors.
The directorates are administration, finance, research and statistics, organisation, publicity and welfare.
Also affected is the head of legal services.
The directors were directed to proceed on immediate and compulsory leave via a letter by the National Secretary of the party, Senator Iyiola Omisore, dated 21st of April, 2022 following the recommendation of the Transition Committee set up by the NWC shortly after their emergence.
The Nation learnt that the report of the committee, which is being guarded against the public eye, may have recommended that three of the directors be replaced, while two may be redeployed and the last director may retain his position.
The source said: “The party is to place an external and internal advertisement to call for application from suitable and qualified persons to fill the directorate positions in the party.
“The NWC has resolved to replace those indicated by the report of the Transition Committee. To this end, the committee has resolved to throw the position open to the public as well encourage qualified officers within the party to also apply. This is why they are placing internal and external advertisement.”
The Nation gathered that some party chieftains, including governors, have shown interest in sponsoring their candidates to fill the offices hitherto occupied by the affected directors.