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Lagos LG poll: As APC primaries hold today, party rakes in N996.5m from sales of forms

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The local government primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) will be held today across the 377 wards in 57 council areas in Lagos State.

About 338 chairmanship and over 1, 200 councillorship aspirants had appeared before the Screening Committee, while the Appeal Committee chaired by a former Deputy Governor Olufemi Pedro had also concluded its sittings.

The Secretary of the Lagos State chapter of the APC, Lanre Balogun, said the party was ready for the primaries.

Meanwhile, the Lagos State chapter of the APC has generated about N996.5m from selling local government chairmanship and councillorship forms.

Our correspondent learnt that councillorship forms were sold at N505,000 for persons above the age of 40 while women and persons below 40 bought the forms for N300,000.

Aspirants vying for local government chairmanship bought the forms for N2,050,000 while those below 40 and women paid N1,050,000 to purchase the forms.

The state secretary of the APC in Lagos State, Lanre Ogunyemi, had revealed last week that 332 chairmanship and 1,053 councillorship aspirants will be screened across the 20 local government areas and 37 local council development areas.

He, however, did not disclose how many youths and women would be contesting in the elections but it was learnt that most of those vying for councillorship seats were below 40 while those above 40 opted for local government offices.

This newspaper reports that at least N315.9m was generated from 1, 053 councillorship aspirants if they all purchased the forms at the cost of N300,000 while N680.6m was generated from the 332 chairmanship aspirants if they all bought the forms for N2, 050,000.

-Additional report by The Punch

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