Ahead of the Anambra state gubernatorial election, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state has lamented that no single aspirant has obtained the party’s interest and nomination forms since it opened up sales two weeks ago.
The Caretaker Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), party chieftains and political observers have expressed concern over the development.
This is as no fewer than nine persons in the APC have been rumored to have shown interest for various positions in Agu-Akwa Government House in Akwa.
A source within the party that is familiar with the matter confirmed the situation to The Nation newspaper on Tuesday.
He said: “As at today (Tuesday) nobody has come to obtain the forms. But in the course of our account reconciliation at the bank, we found out that a one-time senator has paid, but he has not come for the forms.
“Although there is still time for the sale of forms, the lukewarm attitude of our members in Anambra State is not in tune with the vision of the CECPC to win more states in the Southeast.
“The just-concluded membership registration, revalidation and update were well received by the people of the state, as our membership figure in the state and indeed Southeast has increased. We have to capitalise on this by winning the state.”
However, the investigation carried out by The Nation revealed that the party’s national secretariat in Abuja at press time showed that one undisclosed aspirant had paid N22 .5 million, being the cost of the forms, to a bank, but yet to obtain the forms.
The party has fixed its primaries for June 26 while the election as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will hold on November 6.