By Umar Muhammad Puma
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has described as misleading and misrepresenting, a story in the media that the party has tasked the state governors on the platform of the party to contribute N6 billion for its forthcoming convention.
In a statement issued yesterday by the National publicity Secretary of the party, Bolaji Abdullahi, APC said it is false to say governors are expected to pay up with state money.
It explained that the matter was discussed at the meeting of the National Working Committee (NWC) and the governors of the party held at the party secretariat on Thursday 26th April, and it was pointed out that many of the governors have fallen behind in the payment of their party dues. While some of the governors have been up-to-date with the payments, a few others have not paid at all. The governors were therefore requested to pay up, especially in view of upcoming party activities.
“It is, therefore, possible that a governor that falls in the category of those that has not paid since inception could owe up to N250million. Therefore, it is grossly misleading, if not downright malicious, for media reports to simply apply this sum to everyone and multiply by the number of governors.
“For avoidance of doubts, party dues are paid by all members of the party holding positions, either by election or appointment. Therefore, members of the National Assembly as well as cabinet ministers also remit a percentage of their earnings to the party. It is therefore false to say governors are expected to pay up with state money.”