The new electoral guidelines of the All-Progressive Congress (APC) instruct all political appointees to resign their present positions 30days before the party’s primaries. 

Driving the news 
In its newly adopted laws, the ruling party in Nigeria, APC, demands that 2023 aspirants holding Ministerial positions, SERC Commissioners, Special Advisers, etc. have three to four days to resign or cancel their ambitions. 

  • This leaves presidential appointees such as Transportation Minister, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and Labor Minister, Chris Ngige, with 72 hours to resign. 
  • According to the party’s timetable, primaries for Governorship, Senate, federal and state Assembly positions would be held in May 2022.

Two lawmakers, Senator Abdullahi Adamu and Abubakar Kyari, have resigned their Senate positions to assume roles as the National Chairman and Deputy National Chairman (North) in the party. 

Mode of primaries 
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.

  • This is a method that sees party members elect electoral delegates, who in turn vote contesting candidates with one aspirant emerging as the flag bearer.
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