Former Governor of Nasarawa State, Tanko Almakura, may be eligible for a discount of 50 percent of the twenty million naira prescribed as the cost of All Progressives Congress (APC) Chairmanship form, POLITICS NIGERIA reports.
According to a schedule of the APC’s national convention obtained by this medium, the governing party fixed twenty million naira for those running for the office of the Chairman.
Those aspiring for the office of the deputy national chairman are expected to purchase the form for the sum of ten million naira while aspirants for other offices will purchase theirs for five million naira.
Meanwhile, the APC provided a caveat, announcing a 50 percent slash for female aspirants and the physically challenged.
If he so decides to tender his status, Almakura, a Chairmanship aspirant, may benefit from the discount as he is suffering from hearing impairment.
Rather than paying the 20 million naira, Almakura will pay the sum of ten million naira on account of disability.
Recall that Al-Makura first disclosed his disability status in 2017, when he was still occupying the governorship office.
He told participants at an international conference on Lassa fever in Abuja how he contracted the disease in 1990 that made him deaf for 20 years before he had a cochlear implant.
The governor said he lost his first son to Lassa fever nine years after marriage, the second son survived but with the burden of the side effects of the virus, neurological problems, especially hearing loss.
Al-Makura said he got infected when he was bitten on his finger while trying to prevent his then sick son from biting his tongue. He said he later fell sick with severe headache, seizures, cough, stomachache and erratic breathing.
Also in February, Almakura’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Segun Tomori, confirmed that his principal has hearing impairment.
Tomori explained that the former governor belongs to the disability community and will at all times protect the interest of the disability community in the party.
It should be noted that the window period for the purchase of the form which began on Monday closes on Friday.
Those gunning for the top spot in the race include; Kwara-born politician, Saliu Mustapha; former Nasarawa Governor, Abdullahi Adamu and Senator Sani Musa, who is representing Niger East in the National Assembly.
It is expected that any of these will emerge the winner at the national convention of the party scheduled for March 26.
The article was originally published on Politics Nigeria.