With the All Progressives Congress (APC) concluding the sale of nomination and expression of interest forms Thursday, the ruling party has accrued up to N2.730 billion from the sale, according to reports.
The proceeds were from the sale of nomination and expression of interest forms pegged at N100 million to presidential aspirants of the ruling party.
The APC had on Tuesday extended the sale to Thursday, 12th of May.
Checks by The New Diplomat reveal that as of press time, 27 individuals/groups have stormed the International Conference Centre, in Abuja to pick the nomination forms to jostle for the APC presidential ticket. Groups also picked forms on behalf of some shadowy candidates.
The presidential aspirants that have picked the N100m nomination and expression of interest forms are; former governor of Lagos state, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu; Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello; Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi; Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba; Governor of Ekiti State and Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF), Dr. Kayode Fayemi; Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio; Madam Uju Kennedy (who paid N30m); Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
Others include; Former House of Representatives Speaker, Dimeji Bankole; former Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun; former National Chairman of APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole; former Governor of Zamfara State, Ahmed Sani; Jigawa State Governor, Muhammad Badaru Abubakar; Labour and Employment Minister, Senator Chris Ngige; Senator Rochas Okorocha; Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade; Transportation Minister, Rotimi Amaechi; Mr Tein Jack-Rich; CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele; Science and Technology Minister, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu; Minister of State for Petroleum, Chief Timipre Sylva; Former President Goodluck Jonathan; Dr Akinwumi Adesina; Senator Robert Ajayi Borroffice; Pastor Tunde Bakare; Pastor Nicholas Felix Nwagbo; Senator Ken Nnamani and incumbent President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan.
It was also gathered that there are no fewer than 105, who had purchased the governorship nomination and expression of interest forms pegged at N50m. Also, nearly a thousand National Assembly aspirants and more than 1,500 aspirants for states Houses of Assembly.