Project-2019, a civil society organisation, has urged youths to form political alliances to compete favourably with some political parties who have refused to accept them due to high nomination fees.
Convener of the group, Wale Ogunade, said the high nomination fees would impede youth participation in politics, thereby, making the “Not-Too-Young-To-Run” act ineffective.
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is selling its presidency nomination forms for the N45 million, that of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is N12 million, while APC governorship form goes for N22.5 million and that of the PDP costs N6 million.
“It is a known fact that political parties in Nigeria don’t run on subscription. They depend on voluntary donations from people and through the sale of forms whenever there is an election to get money to run their affairs,” Ogunade said.
“’The hike in fees this time around is also an attempt to discourage the youth. How many youths can afford the payment of such outrageous fees in Nigeria?
“Obviously there is no youth that can have that kind of money even if it’s sponsored by a money bag somewhere, apart from the nomination fee, he has to fund his campaign.
“So, I don’t see any of these strong political parties accommodating youths.”