A former Senate President, Ken Nnamani has berated Nigeria’s major political parties, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over the high cost of nomination and expression of interest forms for aspirants seeking elective positions in 2023.
Senator Nnamani while declaring his intention to run for the office of the President at a press conference in Abuja on Friday said forms for political offices should be reduced to create an inclusive environment for dynamic youths and women who may not have access to much wealth but have great intellect and public spirit to enter into public service through political recruitment.
“I believe that the nomination fees that parties ask aspirants to pay for elective offices in Nigeria need rethinking in order to improve the inclusion of youths, women and most Nigerians who earn salaries in an economy that has become distressed, largely on account of global economic meltdown and domestic insecurity and low productivity,” he said.
He lamented that the high costs of elections are not aligned to our socioeconomic realities in terms of comparative per capita income and purchasing power of Nigerians.
The former lawmaker said the pressure for a drastic reduction in nomination fees for public offices will come when citizens and citizen groups begin to play a more active role in demanding and presenting credible and capable persons for elective offices rather than allow money bags force themselves into such offices.
Senator Nnmami said he will back any regulatory control from the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) that lays down guidelines to the parties on both the costs of nominations and campaign expenses.
Recall that the APC pegged its presidential nomination and expression of interest forms to N100 million While that of the PDP Sold for N40 million sparking mixed reactions from Nigerians.