243 Accord Party aspirants obtained forms for 32 assembly seats in Oyo
UNLIKE in the 2011 general election, when its leadership was literally scouting for candidate to fly their party’s flag, aspirants have over-subscribed for the expression of interest, as well as nomination forms of the Oyo State chapter of the Accord Party. It was gathered that 243 politicians from across the 33 local government councils in the state obtained the two forms to occupy the 32 seats that would be vacant in the House of Assembly next year.
For the available14 House of Representatives seats, 63 aspirants purchased forms, while only six expressed interest in the three senatorial tickets on offer in the party. Investigation further revealed that only the national leader of the party and former governor of the state, Senator Rashidi Ladoja picked the forms for the governorship ticket. The governorship forms were sold for N1 million and those of the Senate and the House of Representatives for N750, 000 and N500, 000 respectively, while each House of Assembly aspirant paid N300, 000 each for the forms.
At the close of the forms purchase on Monday, Accord made conservatively N109.9 million from the forms purchased by 313 aspirants for 53 elective positions, subject to the number of female aspirants, who paid reduced fee for the forms. Publicity Secretary of the party, Dr Nureni Adeniran, confirmed the large number of aspirants, expressing the confidence that Senator Ladoja is Oyo State’s governor-in-waiting. Adeniran said those who subscribed to the forms of Accord Party were aspirants, who did not wish to throw away their hard-earned money, saying “Accord is the party to beat” and the reason the leadership of other parties were keen to bringing Ladoja to their fold. The party had since commenced the verification of claims by the aspirants and is billed to begin its primaries on November 20 and will be concluded on December 10.