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What Is The Meaning Of Withdrawal Letter APC Directs Aspirants To Sign ?

Ahead of next week’s deadline for sale of nomination forms of the All Progressives Congress (APC), there is growing apprehension in the ruling party over a controversial Form 18 ‘Letter of Withdrawal’ attached to the Expression of Interest and Nomination forms sold to aspirants to fill and submit along with other forms and their credentials….”

The party added that the controversial letter must be duly signed along with other forms and their credentials and sent to the office of the APC National Chairman at its National Secretariat in Abuja.

The withdrawal letter addressed to the National Chairman of the party, Senator Abdulahi Adamu, must also be signed before a Commissioner of Oath/Public Notary before submission.

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Tagged Form 18, it states that, “I hereby voluntarily withdraw my candidacy from the contest. My withdrawal is in the best interest of our great party, the All Progressives Congress.”

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It was gathered, yesterday, that some of the aspirants are not comfortable with appending their signatures to the letter, which they consider a bobby trap to force consensus option on them.

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Babatunde Ogala said, “You can have a provision that says aspirants will abide by the decision of the party, that’s different from asking them to withdraw. They are two different things. If the party wants to avoid litigation, it can ask aspirants to abide by an undertaken and not go to court. That’s different from asking them to withdraw. Withdrawal means the aspirant is not in the contest. How can you ask a man to withdraw from a contest he has not even entered after you have collected money from him? After collecting the form, you ask him to sign that he has withdrawn. I don’t think that’s correct.”

The withdrawal letter could be the party’s way of preventing litigation from aspirants incase of any consensus.

A party source told the newspaper that it is only political appointees that could sign such a form, because their appointment is at the mercy of the President or governor, but not an aspirant.

While another party chieftain described the withdrawal letter as an indemnity to prevent members from taking legal action against the party.

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