Human rights lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress, APC, to explain to Nigerians how they expect the ruling party’s Presidential aspirants to raise N100m to obtain their nomination forms.
The Lead Counsel to Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, accused Buhari and APC of monetizing democracy.
DAILY REPORT NG had reported that APC pegged its Presidential nomination forms at N100m.
Reacting, Ozekhome said the ruling party was mocking Nigeria’s democracy by pegging its Presidential nomination forms at N100m.
In a statement he signed, Ozekhome said: “Buhari and the APC must tell us where they hope that Vice President Yemi Osibanjo, whose present annual salary is N12.126 million, will obtain N100m from when he would require 99 months to earn the N100m price for the nomination form.
“It will take Buhari himself whose salary is N14.05m 84 months (7 years) to get N100m.
“They must explain to Nigerians where aspirants like Chris Ngige and Rotimi Amaechi who are ministers with an annual salary of N2,026,400 will get N100m for a presidential form when it will take them nearly 50 years to earn N100m.
“Let Buhari and the APC explain to Nigerians how Kayode Fayemi, Yahaya Bello, David Umahi, and Okorocha, whose salary per annum is N2,223,705, will cough out N100 million when it will take each of them 45 years to earn N100 million. Where will non-wealthy members of the APC, like Gbenga Hashim Olawepo get such money from?
“This APC party and president Buhari must tell Nigerians where Senator Orji Uzor Kalu and former Senate President Dr Ken Nnamani would fetch N100m from, when their salary as Senators was and is N750,000 per month. It would take Kalu and Nnamani 135 years to earn N100m.”