Nigerians have took to social media to express their concerns as All Progress Congress (APC) decided to sell its presidential nomination forms for hundred million naira (N100, 000, 000).
The ruling party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) on Wednesday approved the amounts for the Expression of Interest/Nomination Forms across all positions ahead of the 2023 polls.
Politicians running for presidency will pay N100 million for their nomination forms, while for gubernatorial positions, the fee is pegged at N50 million and Senate, N20 million.
Other positions are House of Reps — N10 million and House of Assembly — N2 million.
Since the news broke out, Nigerians have taken to popular micro-blogging platform Twitter to berate the APC. While some believe that the ridiculous cost attached to the presidential nomination form will further breed corruption, others argue that the move was to limit the chances of young people contesting for political offices under the party.
Below are some of the reactions gathered by our reporter:
APC presidential ticket is 100M. Not-too-young-to-run don collect Oraimo cord for neck. 😂😂😂😂😂🙆🏽♂️
— FS Yusuf (@FS_Yusuf_) April 20, 2022
8 years ago General Buhari said he could not afford the APC Presidential form which was pegged at N20 million. He said he took a bank loan to purchase the form. Today while he is leader of the APC, the party has pegged its form at N100 million.
— Eniola Akinkuotu (@ENIBOY) April 20, 2022
You can calculate inflation from the price of the APC Presidential nomination form over the years.
2015- NGN 27.5m.
They know what they have done.
— Ayobami (@dondekojo) April 20, 2022
Anyone who buys that APC Presidential Form for N100M is not coming to work for the masses. He or she is coming to STEAL!
— Henry Shield (@henryshield) April 20, 2022
COST OF FORMS
Presidential – N41m
Guber – N21m
Senate – N3.5m
House of Reps – N2.5m
House of Assembly – N600k
Presidential – N100m
Guber – N50m
Senate – N20m
House of Reps – N10m
House of Assembly – N2m
This difference is visible to the blind sha.
— 20.10.2020 (@I_Am_Ilemona) April 20, 2022
EFCC saw Obi Cubana, a millionaire businessman, spending millions at his mum’s burial, and invited him for questioning. If EFCC does not invite any APC government official that pays the ₦100 million APC Presidential nomination for questioning, then they are biased!#TableShaker
— Reno Omokri (@renoomokri) April 20, 2022
APC presidential form being sold at N100m proves Nig has zero chance of thriving under these recycled leaders cos there's no way an aspirant who purchases a nomination form at that ridiculous amt will have integrity & lead with fairness after winning; What a party. Change indeed! pic.twitter.com/Bsvl0NBaxq
— Daniel Regha (@DanielRegha) April 21, 2022