Group picks N45m form for Pres. Buhari, Osuntokun describe it as deceit

Muhammadu Buhari, the President of Nigeria, has on Wednesday, picked his expression of interest and nomination form, to vie for the primary election of the ruling All Progressives Congress [APC].

This was revealed by Bashir Ahmaad, his Special Assistant on New Media, via his Twitter handle, had confirmed that the form, was sold for N45million, also was purchased on his behalf by one of his support groups, known as the Nigerian Consolidation Ambassadors’ Network.

The All Progressives Congress (APC), on Tuesday, announced that a presidential aspirant would pay N45m for its expression of interest and nominations forms; a governorship aspirant would pay N22.5m, a senatorial, N7m.

Reacting on the new development, CNM spokesman, Akin Osuntokun, on Wednesday said, the price of the APC forms showed the ruling party was not committed to fighting corruption in the country.

He also described the form being picked by a group of persons as deceit and hypocrisy on the part of APC in relation to its fight against corruption in Nigeria.

Speaking to Punch he said, “Any party that claims to fight corruption needs to deemphasise the idea of splashing money around or placing fees ranging from N45 to N50m to purchase forms, if your aim is to weed out pretenders from the list of aspirants, there are other ways to do that. It doesn’t have to be monetary.

“This is nothing but hypocrisy on the part of the APC. The President had said in 2014 that he obtained a bank loan in order to purchase the form. How did he pay it back? Today, they claim some youths purchased the forms but this is nothing but hypocrisy.

“The APC has already made it clear that Buhari will be its candidate. So, why are they engaging in these games?”

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