The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has revealed why it sold presidential nomination and expression of interest forms to anyone who came to buy them.
The APC spokesman, Barr. Felix Morka, was asked why the party went so far as to allow groups and individuals to buy forms for some aspirants during an interview on Channels Television on Wednesday evening.
According to NEWS DIRECT, some of the candidates rejected the forms and slammed the buyers, claiming they have no interest in competing for the country’s highest political office.
The APC made N2.8 billion through the sale of 28 presidential nomination and expression of interest forms, 25 of which were filled out and filed, and three of which were not.
One of the unsubmitted forms was that which was reportedly purchased for the Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Godwin Emefiele by the Rice Farmers’ Association of Nigeria.
Asked why the party decided to allow that, Morka said, “If I believe very strongly in you that you’ll make a good President…you know, I’ll purchase. As at the time of purchase, there are no filters.
“You come, indicate the office you want to purchase a form for, make the payment, payment is confirmed and the form is given to you.
“It’s at the point of submission that the actual verification begins, where we begin to check all of the requirements, whether you actually met those requirements or not and all of the things the guideline set out as eligibility to run.
“It is at the point of submission actually that we begin to do the checklist of those things that should be there, but otherwise, at the point of purchase, we sell the forms.”