Few days after a faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa commenced sale of forms for various positions, the national body of the party has denied authorizing anyone or group to sell such forms ahead of its congresses.
In a circular, the faction listed available party positions from the wards, local governments and state levels for interested applicants willing to vie during its forthcoming congresses.
Based on the circular, the fees to be paid are, Ward Chairman N10,000, other offices N2,000; for local government chairman N25,000, other offices N10,000; and for state Chairman N100,000, other offices N30,000.
The circular also contained account numbers where payments for the purchase of nomination forms should be made, giving the account names as All Progressives Congress.
However, the national APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee has denied any connection to the sale of forms and has issued a fraud alert, warning party members against falling for the antics of mischief makers.
National Secretary of the APC, Sen. James Akpanudoedehe, in a statement on Thursday, June 24, announced that the party had not started selling nomination forms for Congresses.
He noted that the relevant security agencies have already been alerted who are on the trail of the perpetrators and will ensure they are prosecuted for financial crimes when arrested.
The statement reads, “Our attention has been drawn to an unauthorized message asking members of the party wishing to contest for various posts in the forthcoming congresses to make payments for nomination forms through a bank account.
‘‘Members of the party should disregard the message and avoid making payment into any bank account because the sales of the nomination forms have not commenced.
‘‘This clarification has become necessary in order to ensure that no member of the party is duped in the name of making payments for nomination forms.
‘‘The APC management will use the appropriate channels of communication to inform interested members when the sale of the forms will commence and provide authenticated bank account for making the required payment.
‘‘The relevant security agencies have been alerted on the fraudulent request for payment and when those behind it are apprehended they would be prosecuted for financial crimes”, the statement concluded.