Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC)), has picked the nomination and expression of interest forms of the ruling party.
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential screening committee led by Senator David Mark has disqualified two of the 17 presidential aspirants seeking to contest the 2023 election on the platform of the party.
Tinubu picked up the N100 million forms in Abuja on Friday afternoon.
Loyalists of the APC National Leader picked up the forms on his behalf as Tinubu is currently on pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.
Emeka Nawjuiba, Minister of State of Education; Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State; Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, are among the aspirants who picked the forms ahead of Tinubu.
Although the ruling party has not zoned its presidency, most of those in the race are from the South.
The decision of the ruling party to swap its national offices between the North and the South led to the emergence of Senator Abdullahi Adamu from the North Central as the national chairman.
Before the convention, Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State had said though the APC had not decided on zoning the presidential ticket, the swapping of national offices was an indication of where its presidential candidate would come from.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed June 3 as the deadline for political parties to submit the names of the candidates.
The five South West aspirants are expected to battle other presidential aspirants from other zones for the party’s ticket at the primary slated for May 30/June 1.
PDP Disqualifies Two Presidential Aspirants
Senator David Mark announced the disqualification of the two aspirants to journalists on Friday evening after the conclusion of the process at Legacy House in Abuja.
Mark also said two disqualified aspirants are to forfeit the N40 million paid for the expression of interest and nomination forms as he questioned why they should be refunded their monies while answering questions from newsmen.
The committee chairman also refused to mention the names of those disqualified, saying “don’t ask me those that are involved”.