Nigeria’s ruling party, All Progressive Congress, APC, at its 11th National Executive Council meeting decided that an indirect primary would be the mode of producing a presidential candidate for the 2023 general elections.

Driving the news
The party’s executive meeting which had President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice-President Prof Yemi Osinbajo and many other highly ranked politicians in attendance also handed power over to the national working committee (NWC) led by the newly appointed party chairman, Abdullahi Adamu, for three months.

  • APC executives also fixed the price for the expression of interest and nomination forms for its presidential ticket at N100m.

What’s more?
The National Working Committee, NWC, will be solely responsible for planning the party’s schedule for the 2023 general elections. 

Indirect primaries 
APC has adopted indirect primaries for 2023 elections, a method that sees party members elect electoral delegates, who in turn, votes contesting candidates. 

Candidates who have so far declared interest in running for 2023 presidential elections under the umbrella of the APC include Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, former Lagos governor, Bola Tinubu, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, and Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State.

  • Others rumored to have presidential ambitions include Ekiti State Governor and chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, Kayode Fayemi, the Minister of Labor and Employment, Chris Ngige and the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele.
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