The main opposition, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has said that the high cost of the All Progressives Congress, APC’s nomination form was an indication that the party was planning to bring criminals into political offices.
The party said this after a group bought the N45 million nomination form for President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday.
The ruling party had 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 aspirant, N7m; House of Representatives, N3.85m; and state assemblies, N850, 000.
The PDP said it had only confirmed that the APC was a party of looters.
National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, who spoke with Punch on the matter, said they were surprised by the development.
“When we heard about the nomination fees, we all thought it was a lie or joke. But events have shown that the fees are real and the APC is indeed a party of deceit,” Secondus said.
“How do you want someone who claimed not to have touched N14m three years ago to now have such huge sum of money when he claimed he came to power to serve?
“We have now seen that instead of serving Nigerians, the APC and its members have come to serve themselves and their cronies.
“The amount of money it is asking its members and even Nigerians interested in elective offices to bring is horrible and criminal.
“Such action has shown the APC as a party of a few people who have either looted funds meant for the entire Nigerians or are still looting.
“Nigerians should resist it by running away from the party and its agents. In the next four years, it will definitely ask Nigerians to pay like N100m for presidential nomination fees,” he added.