The high cost of the nomination forms of the All Progressive Congress will no doubt have a ripple effect on the psyche of the nation and the people of the country.
The cost of the forms is really beyond the compréhension of the right-thinking people of this great country. It will also significantly make the anti-corruption posture of the ruling party a mirage as anybody, who purchases the form, especially that of the presidential aspirants at the cost of N100 million has a lot of things to do.
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The selling of the exorbitant forms is a clear leeway to institutionalizing corruption at all levels of governance in this country by the ruling party. This is because anybody aspiring for any of the elective offices by obtaining the forms now after scaling through and subsequently elected by the people would have to recoup what he or she expended in the process first before thinking of doing anything for the people.
The party should have it in mind that some people who are from poor backgrounds have risen to become leaders, that have excelled at local government, state, and national levels. It was made possible because they possessed the intellect that impacted society.
That was how the Awolowos, Azikiwes, Balewas, and the Enohoros found themselves in the hierarchy of Nigerian politics. And there abound many such people today but they can deny the opportunity to contribute to nation-building with current charges placed on the nomination forms of the APC.
Usman Santuraki, a political/public affairs analyst, wrote from Jimeta-Yola