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Crisis brews in APC as young aspirants protest

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Crisis brews in APC as young aspirants protest

Another round of crisis may be brewing in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) as some aspirants on the platform of the party for the 2019 general elections have protested the nomination fees being charged by the party.

The aspirants, mostly young people, described the fees as exhorbitant and capable of shutting them out of the process.

The aspirants stated this at a media briefing in Abuja on Saturday in Abuja, saying the new fee regime being demanded by the party is capable of shutting out their generation from contesting elections.

The party had proposed to charge state assembly aspirants N1.1 million for nomination form but the group said a fee of N550,000 is appropriate.

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For the N3.5 being charged for the House of Representatives, the group proposed N2.2 million; while it has proposed N3.3 million against the party’s N8.5 million for Senate, N5.5 million for the governorship race, against the party’s N22.5 million tag and N11 million as against the party’s N55 million for presidential nomination.

Speaking on behalf of the group, Okpokwu Ogenyi who addressed the media, expressed dismay over the party’s action and vowed to crush the new fee regime.

Ogenyi said: “As progressives and anti corruption crusaders of the APC-led administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, which is anchored on anti corruption, we expect the leadership of the party to reduce the cost of nomination forms.

“This is to accommodate the recently signed Not Too Young To Run bill. Instead, the NWC has proposed over 300 percent increment, making the APC unfriendly to many credible aspirants.

“Nigerians have begun to ask, what is the difference between the PDP and the APC? If the PDP sells nomination form for N600,000, the APC is supposed to sell the same for N200,000; where the cost of APC nomination form is higher than all other political parties in the country, it ridicules the anti corruption war of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“We also reject direct primary for the presidential ticket, thereby leaving the choice of electoral method for the states to make. We must do things in a manner that Nigerians should not begin to laugh at us.”

Calling on the leadership of the party to design a uniform method of primary election for all category of aspirants, either by direct election or through delegate votes, they said: “We believe in the leadership of our great party, especially our national leaders -President Muhammadu Buhari, Sen. Ahmed Bola Tinubu and Comrade Adams Oshiomhole. The time to save our party is now.”

 

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