…Say N100m the most expensive Since return to democracy in 1999
By TMS Politics
Reactions have continue to trail the decision of the National Executive Council (NEC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to sell it presidential expression of interest and nomination forms for a combined sum of N100m, saying that the price is the highest ever in our democratic history.
The APC announced the prices on its official Twitter handle on Wednesday.
“Approved at the 11th NEC Meeting, total approved amounts for Expression of Interest/Nomination Forms for the 2023 Elections are:
House of Assembly – N2,000,000
House of Reps – N10,000,000
Senate – N20,000,000
Governorship – N50,000,000
Presidential – N100,000,000.”
Several Nigerians especially young people took to social media to express their anger over the exorbitant amount places on the forms, saying that it is a deliberate attempt to sideline them from contesting the elections.
A member of the APC and presidential aspirant, Adamu Garba took to Twitter to lament the high cost of the forms. Garba on a tweet said;
“If we don’t come together and use our collective power to save this country from strangulation of the moneybags, we are doing a great disservice to our generation and that of the future.
“We cannot continue to buy political offices in Nigeria, we need competent leaders come 2023.” He lamented.
A former media aide to ex-President, Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri, asked, “How can the APC set presidential nomination forms at N100m? Is that not encouraging corruption? Who, but the corrupt, can afford that? Is that why they pardoned Dariye and Nyame, so they can sponsor forms?”
In his contribution, journalist, Adejumo Kabir, tweeted, “Buhari criticised the N27.5m levy for the presidential nomination form in 2014, describing it as exorbitant. Today he leads a party selling form for N100m. Shame on him.” He said.
Gold Isaiah tweeted, “The APC presidential nomination is pegged at N100m. I’m not surprised because all the money they have been borrowing is in their personal accounts. Highly corrupt regime!”
Uche Jegbefume tweeted, “N100m for presidential nomination form means absolutely nothing to the fantastically corrupt people in the APC. Only the electorate and masses are perpetually poor for their political gains.”
Abubakar Mona Usman tweeted, “N100m for APC presidential nomination form? This tells you how corrupt, wicked, and inhuman the government of the day is. May God save us in 2023.”