A presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), SKC Ogbonnia, says President Muhammadu Buhari will break the law if he accepts the N45 million expression of interest and nomination forms bought for him by a group.
Ogbonnia said this on Thursday while reacting to the presidential nomination form bought for Buhari by a group known as the National Coordinator of Nigeria Consolidation Ambassador Network (NCAN).
Concise recalls that the group on Wednesday, presented a cheque of N45 million to Adams Oshiomhole, chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), for the purchase of the nomination form of Buhari.
On Wednesday, the group presented a cheque of N45 million to the chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, for the purchase of the nomination form of Buhari.
The coordinator of the group, Sanusi Musa, had said the decision to buy the form was informed by the need to consolidate on the foundation for a better Nigeria.
However, in a statement on Thursday, Ogbonnia said except Buhari rejects the form, the president would contravene section 91 (9) of the country’s electoral law.
“It was revealed yesterday that a group purchased the nomination form for my primary opponent, President Muhammadu Buhari,” the statement read.
“The president ought to reject the form.. If he accepts the form, it contravenes Section 91 (9) of Nigeria’s electoral law (as amended): ‘No individual or other entity shall donate more than one million naira to any candidate’.”
The APC Presidential aspirant said he had written a letter to Oshiomhole to complain about the exorbitant nomination fees but did not get a response from him.
“In a recent letter to chairman Adams Oshiomhole, I enumerated the consequences of exorbitant nomination fees, especially coming from a progressive party,” it read.
“As at the time of this statement, I am yet to receive a reply. Since the deadline is Monday, September 10th, 2018, I am committed to paying for my form, but it is only fair that President Buhari does not break the law to pay for his.
“I expect our great party to ensure a level playing ground throughout the primaries.”