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LG Polls: Why We Won't Refund Any Money To Aspirants Who Lost In Primaries - APC by joyairemiya: 7:00am On Jun 07
Temidayo Akinsuyi, Lagos

The Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Con­gress (APC) on Sunday said it will not refund any money to chairmanship and coun­cillorship aspirants who lost out in the recently conclud­ed primary elections to select candidates for the scheduled July 24, 2021 local government polls.

The state’s Caretaker Committee Chairman, Chief Tunde Balogun, and the Secretary, Lanre Ogunyemi, had in a statement on Friday, titled, ‘List of 57 Lagos State APC Chairmanship and Vice Chairmanship candidates for the forth-coming 2021 Lo­cal Government Elections,’ announced the results of the primaries.

But the results had since been generating ripples in the rank and file of the party. There were also threats by hoodlums to invade the party secretariat located on ACME Road, Ogba. The area was cordoned off by fierce-looking security operatives last week.

Some of the aggrieved aspi­rants have been pleading with the Governor’s Advisory Com­mittee (GAC), the highest deci­sion-making body in the state headed by Asiwaju Bola Tinu­bu, former governor of Lagos State and the party’s national leader to refund their money.

According to them, chair­manship aspirants paid N2 million, plus N50,000 admin fee for the party’s nomination forms, while female aspirants got 50 percent off, exclusive of the admin fee.

“Aside, the nomination fees, we also settled party leaders and mobilise party members for the primaries. Why should they make us spend our hard-earned money when they know they already had pre­ferred candidates?” one of the aspirants asked.

But speaking with Daily Independent on Sunday, Alha­ji Tunde Balogun, the party chairman, said no aspirant should expect a refund as they were not forced into collecting the nomination forms.

He added that the party spent a lot of money in pur­chasing nomination forms, logistics and other expenses to conduct the primaries in 377 wards across the state.

“Nobody should expect any refund from us. If you contest an election, does INEC pay you back? The answer is no. So, why should any aspirant expect a refund from us?

“Yes, they paid for nomina­tion forms but we produced ballot papers and other mate­rials used for the primaries. We also spent a lot of money for logistics. So, there is no re­fund for anyone.

“Those who paid for nom­ination forms did so on their own volition. It was their choice to do so. Nobody forced anyone to pay for anything and I can tell you that the process was open and transparent.

“I have never seen any par­ty so magnanimous to allow female aspirants to pay 50 per­cent of the nomination fees. I have never seen any party that has allowed aspirants less than 40 years to contest with 50 percent payment. We did that so that we can allow as many people to participate.

Also, we allowed the phys­ically challenged to pay a meagre amount so that they too can participate. So, there is no reason for any refund. We have spent a lot of money on printing ballot papers, nomi­nation forms and lots of funds were provided for logistics.

“Remember, we contested elections in 377 wards across the state. So, the cost was huge. These people are only looking at what they have paid as aspi­rants but what we have spent as a party is humongous”.

Balogun also appealed to aggrieved aspirants who are threatening to go to court not to do so, urging them to chan­nel their grievances through the APC Election Appeal Com­mittee.

“There is an appeal com­mittee. They are still sitting and we will consider their report. I don’t see any reason why any aspirant should go to court.

“Of course, the decision of the appeal committee will be binding on us. We could not have election for one week without giving people the re­sult. What will be my expla­nation to our party members today if the results have not been released? So, we have played our part but we will respect the decision of the Appeal Committee”.

In a related development, Hon. Akinwunmi Bayode, chairmanship aspirant of the APC in Iru/Victoria Island LCDA, has petitioned the State Appeal Committee on Local Government Election over alleged fraudulent manipu­lations in the just concluded direct primaries held across the state.

In the petition, Bayode al­leged electoral malpractices, intimidation and oppression of his loyalists, saying evi­dence abound that he defeated Rasheeda Adu, the incumbent chairman of Iru/Victoria Is­land LCDA in the controver­sial primary.

While calling for a cancel­lation of the primary and a fresh election, he said he will do everything possible to get justice and may take legal action if his petition was not acted upon.

Speaking further, Bayode said it was wrong for the APC leadership in the state led by Alhaji Tunde Balogun to release the name of alleged winners when the Appeal Committee was yet to submit its report.
https://independent.ng/lg-polls-lagos-apc-rules-out-refund-for-aggrieved-aspirants/

Re: LG Polls: Why We Won't Refund Any Money To Aspirants Who Lost In Primaries - APC by bolaayenimo: 7:02am On Jun 07
In betting that is what we call 'who send you come?'. Politics is betting, you either win or lose

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Re: LG Polls: Why We Won't Refund Any Money To Aspirants Who Lost In Primaries - APC by Eazi1(m): 7:02am On Jun 07
Ok, theives! Now, what do they do with the money? upon all candidate?

Modified:
Still, they know who would win.
Re: LG Polls: Why We Won't Refund Any Money To Aspirants Who Lost In Primaries - APC by Grace001: 7:04am On Jun 07
Yes, they paid for nomina­tion forms but we produced ballot papers and other mate­rials used for the primaries. We also spent a lot of money for logistics. So, there is no re­fund for anyone

Owo wogbo.. money don enter one chance, their ticket don cut.

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Re: LG Polls: Why We Won't Refund Any Money To Aspirants Who Lost In Primaries - APC by blazepascal(m): 7:04am On Jun 07
The same thing bank will tell you its non refundable.

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Re: LG Polls: Why We Won't Refund Any Money To Aspirants Who Lost In Primaries - APC by nairavsdollars(f): 7:05am On Jun 07
Jagaban Tinubu will refund them. The party is just grandstanding
Re: LG Polls: Why We Won't Refund Any Money To Aspirants Who Lost In Primaries - APC by Sirjamo: 7:09am On Jun 07
In Lagos politics, if the party leaders didn't endorse you, don't waste your money.

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Re: LG Polls: Why We Won't Refund Any Money To Aspirants Who Lost In Primaries - APC by Elock1: 7:12am On Jun 07
tongue
I no read the news.
I no know wetin dem dy talk about
But as na dem dem (APC)
Make I no kuku put mouth.

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Re: LG Polls: Why We Won't Refund Any Money To Aspirants Who Lost In Primaries - APC by inoki247: 7:13am On Jun 07
lol we no need ur shalaye we know say wu fail Jamb or WAEC say dem no dey refund him or her bak money for failing......

Person wey him game cut for Bet9jaa no dey expect refund...
Re: LG Polls: Why We Won't Refund Any Money To Aspirants Who Lost In Primaries - APC by youngllleo: 7:13am On Jun 07
Talking gilbrish!
Will this in any way solve the problem of this country?

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Re: LG Polls: Why We Won't Refund Any Money To Aspirants Who Lost In Primaries - APC by Offpoint1: 7:13am On Jun 07
Ok
Re: LG Polls: Why We Won't Refund Any Money To Aspirants Who Lost In Primaries - APC by kenzysmith(m): 7:14am On Jun 07
Nice one from APC though am not a fan if you spent your money willingly to serve the people why demand for refund who send u message?



Even APC are broke lol sotey them dey cherish money from common local government aspirants. Buhari done cripple this country walahi
Re: LG Polls: Why We Won't Refund Any Money To Aspirants Who Lost In Primaries - APC by TouchLove(m): 7:14am On Jun 07
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Re: LG Polls: Why We Won't Refund Any Money To Aspirants Who Lost In Primaries - APC by oluseyiforjesus(m): 7:14am On Jun 07
God forbid I read such long text because of failed APC

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Re: LG Polls: Why We Won't Refund Any Money To Aspirants Who Lost In Primaries - APC by tellsblinks(m): 7:15am On Jun 07
Lol
Re: LG Polls: Why We Won't Refund Any Money To Aspirants Who Lost In Primaries - APC by chukwuibuipob: 7:18am On Jun 07
sad
Re: LG Polls: Why We Won't Refund Any Money To Aspirants Who Lost In Primaries - APC by EdoAirline: 7:20am On Jun 07
Look at it from this Perspective

The Fact that your child took the last position in class doesn't mean the school will refund the school fees for that term....

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Re: LG Polls: Why We Won't Refund Any Money To Aspirants Who Lost In Primaries - APC by Derrylatei: 7:20am On Jun 07
Chairmanship aspirant N1m, then how much does it cost to buy counsillorship form?
Re: LG Polls: Why We Won't Refund Any Money To Aspirants Who Lost In Primaries - APC by chicoMX(m): 7:20am On Jun 07
The main reason why they wanted refund was that the party already had their preferred candidates.

Since the election was neither free nor fair, then everyone who had lost deserves a refund

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Re: LG Polls: Why We Won't Refund Any Money To Aspirants Who Lost In Primaries - APC by Bona9jja: 7:21am On Jun 07
Very funny so when u run Election they refund u lols
Re: LG Polls: Why We Won't Refund Any Money To Aspirants Who Lost In Primaries - APC by babaRUNtinz(m): 7:22am On Jun 07
Why you wan refund before? You win some,you lose some nah.

e b like bet9ja wey no dey refund money oo
Re: LG Polls: Why We Won't Refund Any Money To Aspirants Who Lost In Primaries - APC by Pyrusdrago(m): 7:22am On Jun 07
Do you ponzi your money n expect a refund when it goes the other way ?
Re: LG Polls: Why We Won't Refund Any Money To Aspirants Who Lost In Primaries - APC by Bestchoice8: 7:23am On Jun 07
cheesy
Re: LG Polls: Why We Won't Refund Any Money To Aspirants Who Lost In Primaries - APC by visijo(m): 7:23am On Jun 07
Maintain relationships with people.
That's one thing young people learn late, they are too quick to cut off people.

You still need either good or the bad ones to achieve your purpose in life. Even Jesus kept Judas till his last days. �
Re: LG Polls: Why We Won't Refund Any Money To Aspirants Who Lost In Primaries - APC by timberprides: 7:23am On Jun 07
Wahala wear concon shoe... let's wait and see what happens next.

Re: LG Polls: Why We Won't Refund Any Money To Aspirants Who Lost In Primaries - APC by Atolagbebonick1: 7:26am On Jun 07
Why you wan refund before? You win some,you lose some nah.

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