Nigeria 2015: AD blasts APC, PDP over exorbitant nomination forms; offers free forms to candidates

The Alliance for Democracy, AD, has criticized Nigeria’s leading political parties for charging exorbitant rates for nomination forms into public offices.

The presidential nomination form of the main opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, is the highest at N27.5 million, followed by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP’s, at N22 million.

A former head of state, Muhammdu Buhari, said he took a bank loan to pay for his APC presidential form.

In a statement Monday, the AD said people seeking elective positions do not have to take loans to vie for such offices.

“The high cost of nomination forms will turn politics into business. The party believes that to ask for high fees for nomination forms is a creation of foundation of corruption,” the statement signed by the AD National Secretary, Rafiu Salau, said.

He said the high cost of nomination forms sold to prospective candidates can turn politics into business.

“Unfortunately, if occupying elective office requires selling of properties or acquiring loans, some of the members of the political class will see an elective position as a business and an opportunity to increase their wealth.”

Mr. Salau said against this background, the AD would give out its nomination and expression of interest forms free to all candidates and for all positions.

“Alliance for democracy doesn’t see politics as business. It is for the service of the people.

“Contesting for elective positions is to contribute to the development of the constituencies in particular and the nation in general.

“An elective office should not be portrayed as a business for generating personal revenue. In the light of this, the party will not follow the style of politics as business, which encourages demand for high fees for nomination forms.

“Therefore, Alliance for Democracy will give its nomination forms free to all Nigerians interested in serving the people. The elective positions are not for the candidates but the people,” he said.

He urged the electorate to approach the good leaders in their various constituencies to come out to serve them.
He said that the people should make their contributions to the best candidates and become volunteers to serve as party agents to protect their votes.

(NAN)


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  • Otile

    We did not know that Imam Buhari is living a reckless life. What did he do with the $3 billion he stole from PTF fund? Apparentl, he did not save some for a project like this, hence he borrowed from the bank. Where is he going to make money to pay back this obscene fee, if he was not hoping to repay with bribes? He should have borrowed from an Islamic Bank because if Islamic bank fails Al Queda will come to the rescue. If the non-religious bank fails it will definitely trigger the domino effect on other innocent banks. Does Imam care? All he knows is – let the heavens fall for his selfish interest, when he fails to win violence will erupt and people will be killed.

  • favourtalk

    so, AD is still existing?? Some people need hard lesson sha, it’s a pity that they are feeding on the remains of PDP. Where have they been when nigeria has been on the brinks of collapse due to negligence and stupidity of PDP for the nation, we need a better nation and transformation in this nation. AD has no better plans and they should just shut up cos they’r dead still walking party

  • MushinSpeaks

    Who and what is AD please? I use to know A4, A3, A2, and A1. Has anybody invented another size of paper called AD?

  • Joe

    Your form is like zimbabewi’s currency man. You can keep it with you.