Latest reports show that the current President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has submitted his nomination form to contest for the second term as president on Wednesday.
This is also the closing day for collection and submission of nomination form which makes him unopposed.
He would, however, undergo other processes before he would be formally pronounced the presidential candidate of the APC for next year’s election.
According to the Electoral Act 2010 as amended, an unopposed aspirant would have to face a special convention or congress of his party to affirm his candidature.
Specifically, Section 87 (6) of the Electoral Act says, “Where there is only one aspirant in a political party for any of the elective positions mentioned in paragraph (4) (a) (b) (c) and (d), the Party shall convene a special convention or congress at a designated Centre on a specified date for the confirmation of such aspirant and the name of the aspirant shall be forwarded to the Commission as the Candidate of the Party.”
The party had in memo stated its clear intention to comply with this provision of the electoral act in a clarification he sent to its state branches on Tuesday, urging full compliance so that any victory obtained at the polls would not be susceptible to being successfully challenged at election petition tribunals.
What this means is that even though Buhari may have technically clinched the presidential ticket of the APC, he still has to face the process of ratification through the direct primary approved by the National Executive Committee some weeks ago.
President Buhari arrived at the party secretariat at 3:44 pm and was there with the Party chairman, Oshiomole and the National Working Committee.
Buhari had on Tuesday received the nomination forms for the presidential ticket of the APC from a group known as Nigeria Consolidation Ambassadors Network (NCAN) at the State House.
The purchase of the nomination forms by the group at a whopping N45.5 million generated concerns by the media and the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which criticised the action.
APC, however, defended the president saying that no law was violated; adding that funds for the president’s nomination forms were raised by supporters who want him back in office at 2019 general elections.