The national women leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Betta Edu, has said the high rate of the ruling party’s nomination forms was to curtail the activities of persons with jokey ambitions.
The ruling party had on Wednesday, April 20, announced prices of the nomination forms for various political positions.
While the party’s presidential hopefuls are expected to pay ₦100 million to buy the nomination forms, governorship hopefuls will pay N50 million.
Featuring on Arise Tv’s “The Morning Show” Friday, the APC women leader stated that running for elective office was not an all-comers affair, while justifying the reason for the party’s exorbitant nomination fee.
“Everywhere around the world, running for elections has never been cheap and the party must be able to have means to guard several other issues that may arise.
“You find people who are not interested in running for elections just standing up, picking up forms and just waiting to constitute a kind of barrier or put a stud in the entire process as it goes on.
“These are not things that we want to see as a party. We are the ruling party, the largest party in Africa, a party where if you pick their nomination form and you are the candidate, the probability of you becoming the elected person for that position is almost hundred per cent.
“So, we cannot afford to dabble or joke around or gamble around. We want only serious people who are interested in running and representing different persons to run,” Edu stated.