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The All Progressives Congress (APC) and it’s Peoples Democratic Party counterpart are set for a windfall as party aspirants started to pick their nomination forms for the parties’ primaries slated for April.

The PDP which had since started sales of the forms, pegged it at N35 million.

For the APC, the forms are N50 million.

The APC primary election has officially been fixed for  April 25, 2024.

According to schedules released by the party, the sale of forms will be between April 3 and 10, while the delegate congress will be conducted on April 22,2024.

 In Edo State, the main opposition party in the state, the APC, raised the sum of N600 million from the sale of expression of interest and nomination forms to 12 aspirants at the rates of N10 million for the expression of interest form and N40 million for the nomination form, which brings to N50 million fo the forms.

The 12 APC aspirants that purchased the expression of interest and nomination forms are Clem Agba, Senator Monday Okpebholo, Lucky Imasuen, Hon Anamero Dekeri, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, Gideon Ikhine, Col. David Imuse (Rtd), Prof Oserhiemen Osunbor, Blessing Agbohmere, Hon Dennis Idahosa, Hon Emmanuel Momoh, and Ernest Afolabi.

The sale of nomination, expression of interest and delegates forms for APC aspirants officially began on January 10 and closed on January 29, 2024, while primary election will be held on February 17, 2024.

The ruling party in the state, the PDP, raised a total of N355 million from the exercise. The party sold the expression of interest form to 11 aspirants at the rate of N5 million per form, amounting to N55 million. Out of the 11, only 10 picked the nomination form, which was sold at N30 million per form, summing up to N300 million.

The 11 PDP aspirants that purchased the expression of interest forms are the Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu; former Chairman of Sterling Bank Plc, Asue Ighodalo; former House of Reps member representing Oredo Federal constituency at the National Assembly, Engr. Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama; daughter of the Esama of Benin Kingdom, Omosede Gabriella Igbinedion; Anselm Usiose Ojezua; Felix Akhabue, Martin Uhomoibhi, Umoru Hadizat, Balogun Sunday, Osaro Onaiwu, and Arthur Esene.

For Ondo State, it is still early in the day to record the total amount the parties would make, but given the number of aspirants in the APC, which is about 18, and the PDP which has about 10, the 1
N1billion mark may be exceeded.

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