APC fixes May 23 for screening of presidential aspirants

APC fixes May 23 for screening of presidential aspirants

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has fixed May 23 for the screening of its presidential aspirants for the 2023 general elections.

Alhaji Suleiman Arugugun, National Organising Secretary, APC stated this on Saturday, May 14, in Abuja. This was when he fielded reporters’ questions; shortly after the inauguration of chairmen and secretaries of the party’s screening committees for House of Representatives, Senate and governorship aspirants.

The APC special convention for the presidential primaries would hold from May 30 to June 1.

“The screening for the presidential aspirants, we have so far 28 presidential aspirants; and as you are all aware, some aspirants have started withdrawing their aspirations.

“And by God’s grace on May 23, those that are left for the screening proper will be screened,” Arugugun said.

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The committees’ chairmen and secretaries were inaugurated by Sen. Abubakar Kyari, APC Deputy National Chairman, North. This was on behalf of the National Chairman, Sen. Abdullahi Adamu.

Speaking at the ceremony, Kyari, said that a total of 145 governorship aspirants would be screened by three panels; while 351 senate aspirants would be screened by four panels for the party’s 2023 ticket.

He said that a total of 1,197 House of Representatives aspirants would also be screened by 10 panels.

“We have a very strong party, we have a big party; and we are committed to delivering the right candidates for the forthcoming 2023 general elections.

“We have no doubt that the distinguished ladies and gentleman assembled here will do just that.

“I wouldn’t want to go into details because we all know ourselves; we have tried to engage you in a manner that you will also bring your experience to the fore,” he said.

While acknowledging that there was a long huddle ahead of the committees; Kyari appealed to the members to be patient and to ensure proper screening of aspirants to ensure that the best candidates emerged at the end.

He added that the party had been very fortunate because it had produced the best aspirants ahead of 2023 general elections.

“And also almost two-thirds of the House of Representatives,” he said.

He welcomed members of the committees, saying that they had freehand to do what was required of them and would always be supported by the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) when necessary.


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