The All Progressive Congress (APC) has assured new members that they will be granted waivers to aspire for various political offices on the party’s platform in the 2023 general elections.
In a statement by John James Akpanudoedehe, Secretary, Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, the party explained that former President Goodluck Jonathan would not be the only one granted a waiver if he decided to defect the party.
The APC stalwart was speaking on a Channels TV interview on Wednesday.
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He said all new members of the APC would enjoy the benefits and privileges accruable under their membership like any other member of the party.
Akpanudoedehe said, “The APC National Executive Committee (NEC) resolution of 8th December 2020 approved the granting of waivers to persons who have recently joined the party and those desirous of joining the party in the nearest future to contest for positions in the APC and as party flag bearers in general elections.”
Akpanudoedehe’s recent television interview was in reaction to the rumored plans that former President Goodluck Jonathan would join the APC, saying that the party’s NEC resolution was a blanket waiver to all new APC entrants, including the interviewee.
He explained that the waiver is not specific to anyone as being misconstrued and misrepresented in some sections.
He explained that anybody coming into the party gives no one special status of being an automatic party candidate in any election, adding that all aspirants must undergo the nomination processes outlined by the APC constitution to aspire for any elective office.