The Presidential nomination form set at N45 million Naira by the All Progressives Congress (APC) is threatening to tear the party apart as three Presidential candidates have threatened to hold their own national convention if the ruling party down not review the amount placed on the Presidential form.
The three aspirants, Dr. SKC Ogbonnia, Chief Charles Udeogaranya and Alhaji Mumakai Unagha, while demanding the scrapping of the nomination forms also urged President Muhammadu Buhari in the light of his anti-corruption crusade to join them in rejecting the amount fixed for the forms as he had confessed that he could not afford them.
The APC aspirants said the huge sum placed on the form is against the electoral laws of Nigeria and called on President Muhammadu Buhari to show transparency and champion his anti-corruption crusade by scrapping the exorbitant price of the Presidential form of the APC.
The group threatened to hold a parallel national convention along the dictates of the laws. if the party fails to heed its warning
However, in response to the threat from the three APC Presidential aspirant, APC said the nomination form was fixed upon multiple considerations, including the need to use the proceeds to organise direct primaries.
the spokesman to the APC, Yekini Nabena, said the National Working Committee, NWC, decided on the N45 million after much consideration of the circumstances facing Nigerians and the party. According to him, the original proposal was even higher but that the NWC out of consideration of the economic realities on the ground, decided to bring down the amount to N45 million. “The party does not want to antagonise anybody, and the amount is out of consideration of the circumstances facing the party. ‘’In fact, it would have been more than that, but it was brought down out of consideration of the economic situation on the ground. “The party is expected to use the proceeds from the forms to organise the direct primaries,” the party spokesman said.
But the aspirants in a joint declaration insisted: “We demand that President Muhammadu Buhari should reject the N45 million nomination forms purchased for him by a group.”
the group said fixing the forms at N45 million directly violated the provisions of the Electoral Act, which sets limits on the amount that a group or individual can donate to a presidential candidate.