About 87 aspirants have indicated interest to contest for the 26 seats in Osun State legislature, the All Progressives Congress (APC) revealed.
The Osun State House of Assembly election will come up during the 2023 general elections in Nigeria.
Making this revelation on Tuesday while speaking with journalists on the heels of the meeting with aspirants at the State party Secretariat in Osogbo, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the Chairman of the APC Screening Committee hinted that 81 of the aspirants obtained forms in Osogbo, while the remaining six got their forms in Abuja.
In his words, “87 aspirants are contesting for 26 seats of the House of Assembly. That is to tell you how popular the APC is. 81 bought their forms in Osun here and others bought forms in Abuja.
“There are constitutional requirements and there are party requirements, but basically, we want to be sure they are Nigerian citizens. We want to see local government certificates, they must be party members.
“They must be voters, and we also want to know their age, we want to see their educational qualifications, if you claim to be a doctor, you must provide a certificate to prove it,” Ize-Iyamu said.
While assuring that the committee would be fair to all aspirants, Ize-Iyamu explained that the committee had informed the aspirants the documents that would be required for the screening.
Members of the APC in the various local government areas of the State had been protesting as the screening and primary elections draw nearer.
The protesting members are asking the Osun APC not to impose candidates on them but to allow them decide who they want as their representatives.