The Labour Party’s (LP) National Working Committee, led by Julius Abure, has estimated that getting its Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms for the Edo Governorship Election will cost N30 million.
Interested aspirants must pay N5 million for expressions of interest and N25 million for nomination papers for the election in September.
This decision was made at the party’s NWC meeting in Abuja. Obiora Ifoh, the party’s National Publicity Secretary, announced this in a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday.
According to him, the NWC permitted the selling of the form to any interested aspirant who is a Nigerian, an indigene, or resident of Edo State.
Ifoh said, the “NWC approved that the Fees for Expression of Interest shall be Five Million Naira only (N5,000.000.00) while the Nomination Form shall be Twenty Five Million Naira only (N25,000.000.00).
“NWC approved the commencement of the sale and submission of Expression of Interest and the Nomination Forms to be between January 25 and February 11, 2023. It exempted female aspirants from paying for Expression of Interest Form only.
“NWC approved Indirect Primary election wherein a Ward and Local Government congresses shall hold to elect the flag bearer.
“NWC also approved February 14 for Screening of Aspirants; February 22 for primary election; February 23 for resolution of dispute or appeal arising from the primaries, if any.
“NWC appreciated the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC which carried out its verification duty earlier in the day and for also commending the leadership of the party for complying with INEC’s rules and regulations.
“The NWC passed a Vote of Confidence on its National Chairman, Barrister Julius Abure for effectively piloting the affairs of the party and giving it a proper direction.”
The LP Spokesperson also said the NWC noted the milestone the party achieved in the recently concluded general election where it won as many as one governorship, 7 Senate, 34 House of Representatives and numerous States House of Assembly seats.
The party however, expressed regret that the number of seats won were depleted following a number of disappointing court judgements.
Ifoh maintained that the party remains optimistic that a number of more seats will be won in the coming days as a result of rerun elections in some states.
He said, “The NWC also pledged its loyalty to the national leader and its presidential candidate, Peter Obi for his commitment to the party in spite of the electoral robbery witnessed in the country recently