By Michael Hassan
All is now set for the general elections of the National Association of Nigerian Prostitutes, NANP.
Speaking at a press conference in Lagos, Saturday morning, the 2015 electoral committee chairman, Franca ‘Top Up’ Chikam, said the state and zonal elections hold Saturday, August 1 across the nation while the presidential election is slated for Saturday, August 8 in Lagos.
Chikam said the screening exercise for all state and zonal aspirants will take place across the country on Wednesday, June 17 while that of presidential holds June 20 in Lagos.
“This is to inform every aspirant who is still owing the association to kindly pay before the screening exercise to avoid disqualification.
“Interested contestant should pick up form the state or zonal offices before or on June 10.
“It is going to be a direct election this time around, so we urge all zonal and states coordinators to avoid violence during the exercise.
“In 2009, we reported cases of violence during our elections and we wouldn’t want that to happen this year.
“Anyone who causes trouble before, during or after the election would be penalized,” she warned.
Chikam further explained that those aspiring for the presidential seat are expected to pay a non refundable sum of N200,000.
The form for Zonal coordinatorship has been pegged at N150,000 while that of state is N100,000.
However, any incumbent who wishes to gun for another term would only pay 40,000.
Already, our reporter learnt that over 15 persons have indicated interest in the presidential seat.
Among the presidential aspirants are, the incumbent, Felix Efoyo, the General Secretary, Jessica Elvis, South-South Zonal Coordinator, Pride Achum, FCT PRO, Regina Regina and Nasarawa State Coordinator, Tamar Tion, et al.
Speaking with newsmen shortly after the press conference, one of the aspirants, Jessica Elvis said she’s in the race to bring back the association’s lost glory.
“I am here to bring back our lost glory. People call us names but I want to let them know that one must not necessarily work in Aso Rock or oil company before you contribute your quota to the development of the society.