Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi has paid N100 million to purchase the form to contest the 2023 presidential election.
In a statement, Yemi Kolapo, the spokesperson for his campaign organisation, said the governor seeking the presidential seat under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) purchased the form on Tuesday.
“This made him the first to officially seal his aspiration to the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2023,” Mr Kolapo said.
Mr Kolapo said that with the payment for the forms, Mr Bello’s teeming supporters should rest assured that he would be on the ballot in the 2023 presidential race.
“We are highly encouraged by the number of APC governors, leaders and stakeholders who have demonstrated their strong support for the candidacy of our principal.
“We reiterate that he is not known for betrayal. He is always very loyal to his own, and his priorities have always been Nigeria, Nigeria and Nigeria.
“Though the race officially begins now, it is on record that Bello has consistently been at the forefront of the contest.
“He has demonstrated this again by being the first to pay for the APC expression of interest and nomination forms,” he said.
He expressed optimism that the APC Abdullahi Adamu-led National Working Committee (NWC) would put the party’s interest and that of Nigeria first in its activities to emerge the party’s 2023 presidential candidate.