2015: Buhari Picks APC Nomination Form, But not Without Complaining About the Cost
Former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday picked the All Progressives Congress (APC) for its expression of intent and nomination form to enable him contest the presidency seat under the party’s platform.
This is coming barely 24 hours after he formally declared his interest to run for president to a tumultuous crowd at the Eagle Square in Abuja.
The presidential hopeful however complained about the cost of the form, adding that he tried during the meeting of the party ‘s National Executive Committee to see if he could influence the scaling down of the fees but could not.
The party had pegged the expression of interest and nomination form at N27.5million.
According to Buhari, “It’s a pity I couldn’t influence this amount to be put down ?as in the case of ladies and the disable that intend to participate. I always look left and right in our meetings but I could not read sympathy, so I kept my trap.
“But I felt heavily sorry for myself because I don’t want to go and ask somebody to pay for my nomination forms, because I always try to pay myself, at least for the nomination.
“N27 million is a big sum, thankfully I have personal relationship with the manager of my bank in Kaduna and I told him that very soon the forms are coming, so, whether I am on red, or green or even black please honour it otherwise I may lose the nomination.
“I was about to go to Kaduna this morning and I told the Chairman but he said in that case, you better pick your form and keep a straight face that means there is no excuse,” Mr. Buhari said.
In a brief, the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, told Mr. Buhari and his entourage that the party decided to make the nomination fees high “in order to separate the men from the boys”.
He assured that the leadership of the party will do everything to hold a rancour-free primary.
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