The All Progressives Congress, APC, National Publicity Secretary, Felix Morka recently announced that the ruling party APC introduced after some advice to the system, individual prizes on its nomination forms following the 2023 general elections.
Recall that on Wednesday, the ruling party APC tagged its presidential nomination form at N100m, governorship N50 million; Senate, N20 million; House of Representatives, N10 million and State Houses of Assembly, N2 million.
Several Citizens of the Nigerian nation were swept off their feet with this development, wondering if the party was operating from a different country and if it was not aware of the current economic situation in the land.
Enquired if the price tag was in consonance with the present economic situation in the nation, the APC Spokesperson, in an interview with Channels Television, said, “What is the current situation in the country? We still live in a country where there are people who make legitimate money.”
And on if actually, the party is for the wealthy, he said,
“The party is not for the rich. I just told you that for instance, any woman who wants to run for the office of the President is not paying the full amount. The youths as well.”
When asked who advised the party on the price tags, he said,
“The party advised the party. The party thinks that…and made the decision that the value put on these forms are justified.”
Speaking further, the ruling party’s mouthpiece explained, “Don’t forget that some of the most special groups of citizens were granted high considerations. Either delivering the nomination forms for free in the case of women and people living with disabilities.
“But youths who are within 25 to 50 also have the advantage of a 50 percent discount for all positions, even the office of the President. We receive that nomination form you talk about at 50%. So, they’ll pay the expression of interest, plus 50 percent of the N70m.”
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