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Dogara, 125 APC Aspirants Seek Nomination Fee Refund

Disgruntled aspirants who attended the ruling All Progressives Congress’s National Convention on March 26 have vowed to sue the party’s leadership for failing to refund the fees they paid for their Expressions of Interest and Nomination Forms.

This comes four months after they were asked to step down by the party’s current National Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, and other members of the National Working Committee.

In separate interviews, some affected politicians expressed concern that they had explored and exhausted all options, with the only impediment being the national chairman.

The 126 aspirants who contested various positions were forced to pay between N20 and N2.5 million depending on the category of the expression of interest and nomination forms.

The APC raised well over N700 million at the end of the exercise, with an additional N3 billion raised among stakeholders and party members ahead of the presidential primary.

There were also complaints that, despite the enormous revenue generated by the party’s leadership between March and August, ad hoc workers, staff, and affected party members who were engaged were not paid their welfare allowances.

At the National Convention, aspirants were asked to withdraw.

Senator Umar Al-Makura, Salihu Mustapha, and Muhammed Sani were among the affected aspirants who stepped down for Adamu in the category of National Chairman.