The Nigerian ruling party has tightened the process of joining the 2023 presidential race for its members.
According to Punch report, a presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress is expected to gather 10 signatures each from each state and Federal Capital Territory before submitting the nomination form.
This means that an aspirant must get a total of 370 signatures from statutory delegates to be qualified.
So far, the news report, about 30 aspirants have declared interest, and only 17 aspirants have collected the APC forms, and the numbers of those who had submitted their forms are unknown.
This condition would make it harder for aspirants to join the race as the statutory delegates include the President and his deputy, serving governors and ex-governors, State executive council members, National Executive Committee, and National Working Committee members.
The system would test aspirants' popularity and might cause friction within the ruling party ahead of the presidential primaries.
Those who have picked the forms include Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi; and Governors Yahaya Bello and Abubakar Badaru of Kogi and Jigawa states.
According to the guidelines and timetables released by the party's National Organising Secretary, Sulaiman Argungu, Tuesday, 10 May, is the last day to submit forms.
However, party members are more concerned about the attached form 18, which states the condition for withdrawal of interest.
Contenders are expected to sign the letter of withdrawal attached to the form and other documents.
The letter must be signed before a commission for oaths/notary public.
The withdrawal letter reads, "I hereby voluntarily withdraw my candidacy from the contest. My withdrawal is in the best interest of our great party, the All Progressives Congress."©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.