As the 2023 elections draw near, over 120 aggrieved aspirants who participated in the March 26 National Convention of the All Progressives Congress (APC), including a former Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, have vowed to take the leadership of the ruling party to court over its failure to refund the payment for their Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms.
POLITICS NIGERIA learned that these aspirants are not too happy that they were asked to step down.
Depending on the category of the expression of interest and nomination forms, the 126 aspirants who contested various positions were made to shell out between N20 and N2.5 million.
At the end of the exercise, a conservative estimate by this newspaper has shown that the APC raked in over N30 billion from the sale of nomination and expression of interest forms.
One of the affected aspirants, who spoke to the press in confidence, vowed to recoup their nomination forms before Senator Abdullahi Adamu, the APC National Chairman, is “kicked out of office”.
“The only reason we delayed in taking this issue to court until now was to avoid putting our presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, in a bad light.
“But as it stands, we have no option but to head for court.
“Everybody knows what took place at the convention where we had to step down cannot be called an election,” he said.
Meanwhile, Adebayo Shittu, a former communications minister who is a top member of the APC, said Adamu has reassured the disgruntled aspirants that they will be fully refunded.