By Lanre Oloyede
All Progressives Congress, APC, Thursday relocated the venue for the sales of nomination and expression of interest forms from its national headquarters in Wuse 2 to the International Conference Centre in Garki, Abuja.
This came barely 24 hours after an unidentified criminal reportedly stole the sum of N75, 000 dollars from one of the party chieftains who visited the party’s national Secretariat.
Recall that drama had ensued at the Buhari house on Wednesday April 27, 2022 as about N43, 000, 000 reportedly went missing as activities picked up due to the selling of nomination and expression of interest forms for the upcoming 2023 General Elections.
Nigerian Pilot correspondent gathered that the APC Secretariat’s main building which is currently being renovated and refurbished forced the party to resort to using canopies under which sales of forms were being carried out.
Things were going smoothly until staffers at the Headquarters suddenly dismantled the canopies without prior notification or explanation.
One of the staffers told our correspondent that the sum of $75,000 had gone missing amid the crowd unrest at the main entrance to the party’s premises.
The staff said the missing money has no connection to the proceeds from the sales of expression of interest forms as aspirants were only expected to pick their forms at the Secretariat after depositing money in a designated bank account
The source said, “It’s actually $75,000. You know there was a struggle at the gate when aspirants and supporters were trying to get in.
“When the parcel of money dropped, it went missing in a flash. By the time security operatives were alerted, the thief had vanished with the envelope.”
The new venue was however less busy on Thursday as many of the governorship and presidential aspirants failed to turn up to obtain forms.