The Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, CECPC, of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has released stringent criteria for aspirants vying for various positions in the zonal and national leadership offices of the party.
The APC CECPC, in a document handed over to the screening committee, insisted on zero tolerance for corrupt aspirants and further mandated the disqualification of any of the aspirants with questionable character.
According to the Secretary of the Convention Screening Committee, Emmanuel Chukwuemeka Otagburuagu, the screening will commence today and the aspirants would be screened in two batches.
One of the criteria stipulated by the APC, Convention Committee is that apart from being financial members of the party, the aspirant’s nomination form must be endorsed by at least, 30 registered members of the party and he or she must not be a person with criminal records.
He noted that in conformity with the provisions of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, as amended, the qualification for aspirants are specifically the provisions of 176, 177 and 182 in respect of elective offices.
The convention committee also declared that an aspirant must not have been convicted and sentenced for an offence involving dishonesty or found guilty of contravention of the code of conduct within a period of ten years before the date of the election.
The criteria further provided that aspirants should not be a member of a secret society.
An aspirant must not be convicted of embezzlement or fraud by a judicial commission of inquiry or a tribunal set up under the Tribunal of Inquiry Act or any other law by the federal or state government, whose conviction has been accepted by the federal or state government.
Also, all aspirants should be educated up to at least school certificate level or its equivalent and adjudged not to be a lunatic under any law in Nigeria or otherwise declared to be of unsound mind.
An aspirant must not be under a sentence of death imposed on him by any court of law, tribunal in Nigeria or a sentence of imprisonment or fine for an offence involving dishonesty or fraud.
The riot act further stipulates that an aspirant must not be adjudged or declared bankrupt under any law or remained an employee of the public service within 30days preceding the date of an election.
Otagburuagu further announced that the screening exercise will be conducted at the Katsina State Governor’s Lodge, Asikoro, Abuja.