The National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress has reviewed the timetable for the conduct of the party’s 2018 primary elections.
Sequel to the review, the party’s primary election will begin with that of the President, which is scheduled to hold on September 25th to be followed four days later by that of governors on the 29th.
A statement signed by the party’s National Organising Secretary, Emma Ibediro, in Abuja, on Wednesday, also listed dates for primaries for other elective positions. The timetable as released by the party read in part: “The National Working Committee has approved the review of the timetable for the conduct of the 2018 primary elections as follows,
“25th September, 2018 – presidential primary election; 29th September, 2018 – governorship primary election; 2nd October, 2018 – Senate primary elections; 3rd October, 2018 – House of Representatives primary elections; 4th October, 2018 – State House of Assembly primary elections; 6th October, 2018 – National Convention (Presidential).”
In a related development, the screening exercise for aspirants seeking the party’s ticket for the office of the President, governors, Senate and House of Representatives has been rescheduled to begin on Thursday (Today).
A member of the party’s National Working Committee, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak on the issue, said, “There were issues of logistics since we communicated new adjustments to the dates only last night, it was only proper to give time for aspirants who are outside Abuja to come in.”
For the screening exercise, Presidential, governorship and National Assembly aspirants are to be screened in Abuja, while those for state Assemblies will be screened at the state level.
A document circulated by the party about how the screening would be done read in part, “Screening will commence on Thursday 20th September 2018, and ends on Saturday, 22nd September 2018, starting from 9 am each day.
There shall be for each zone three committees for the screening of aspirants for governor, Senate and House of Representatives. Transcorp Hilton and Sheraton Hotel Abuja have been selected for the purposes of the screening exercise.”
Already, some of the aspirants have started arriving Abuja for the exercise. An aspirant for the House of Representatives from Ondo State, Donald Ojogo, said “I am already on my way. I should be in Abuja within hours God willing.”