- The PDP is reported to have fixed a fee of N12 million for the expression of interest and nomination forms for its presidential aspirants
- The party also alleged that the APC is offering lawmakers from both chambers inducement of the sum of $1 million each with the aim of unseating Saraki and Ekweremadu
- Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP's spokeman, challenged President Buhari to tell Nigerians why he has failed to deal with officials of his administration who have been accused of corruption
Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has fixed N12 million for the expression of interest and nomination forms for its presidential aspirants.
This Day reports that the expression of interest form for the presidency costs N2 million, while nomination form goes for N10 million.
NAIJ.com gathered that the forms for gubernatorial election is to cost N6 million, while senatorial aspirants will spend N3.5 million.
In the same vein, the party said the forms for the House of Representatives and the state House of Assembly will go for N2.5 million and N600,000 respectively.
The national publicity secretary of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan, said it has become clear that the APC and the president were only playing to the gallery and trying to blackmail the National Assembly over its failure to provide funds to enable INEC to organise the 2019 elections as scheduled.
Speaking on the issue of INEC’s supplementary budget, Ologbondiyan said the president was only out to blackmail the National Assembly and to merely subject the 2019 elections to unnecessary controversy.
According to him, “How can they predicate funds meant for election on the proposal for constituencies projects? How can the Buhari presidency seat back and declare that the money meant for 2019 general election would be based on an amendment of appropriation bill that is submitted?
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“That is why I say that people like Senator Ita Enang, who has spent his life in the National Assembly, has the responsibility to advice the executives on what to do. They are just out to blackmail the National Assembly by saying they should come back from their recess.
“The president has gone on 10 days recess; can anybody force him back? The National Assembly has only gone for their annual recess and it is within their right to choose when to come back.”
He alleged that the presidency and the APC are offering lawmakers from both chambers inducement of the sum of $1 million each with the aim of unseating the Senate president Bukola Saraki and his deputy Senator Ike Ekweremadu.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that a contender for the PDP’s presidential ticket for the 2019 election, Kabiru Turaki, said anyone can defeat President Muhammadu Buhari.
Turaki, who was a former minister of special duties under former President Goodluck Jonathan, described President Buhari as being ‘confused’.
He said Buhari’s advisers are not helping him; and are shielding him from finding out the true state of affairs in the country.
He stated: “Anybody can beat President Buhari. For one, President Buhari is confused. Let me use that with a lot of respect.
“Number two, his advisers are not helping him. He doesn’t even know what is happening because he will give instructions for critical members of his government to do one thing, they will do another. And they will also shield him from knowing what is happening.
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