- An APC presidential aspirant, Christmas Akpodiete, has frowned at the cost of nomination forms fixed by political parties ahead of 2019 general polls
- Akpodiete has sued the APC, the PDP, Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), and the INEC because of the cost of the forms
- He filed a suit with No. FHC/ABJ/CS/951/2018 at the Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja
Christmas Akpodiete, an All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential aspirant has sued the ruling party, the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and other registered political parties over the cost of nomination forms for the 2019 general election, Daily Trust reports.
The court action is with suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/951/2018 at the Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja.
Akpodiete demanded that the court should restrain the APC and the PDP from going on with their primaries, adding that such polls must be nullified, if the parties move ahead with them.
The presidential aspirant further asked the court to restrain INEC from recognizing such primaries, until the determination of the substantial suit.
Akpodiete believes that the nomination fees charged by political parties are funny, too high and unconstitutional. He said: “The nomination fees are repugnant to the rules of natural justice, equity and good conscience.
“It’s an attempt by the Nigeria political oligarchs to make nonsense of the just passed (NOT TOO YOUNG TO RUN LAW), and it is a calculated move to deprive the Nigerian people their constitutional guaranteed right to run for public office in their own country.”
He asked the court to attend to this matter by fixing the nomination fees for all elective positions at N18,000,00. (Eighteen thousand naira only), “because that is the nation national minimum wage of the country.”
The aspirant prayed the court that if the nomination fees is beyond that amount, the average Nigerian worker who earns N18,000,00, (eighteen thousand Naira) monthly, would be deprived the capacity to achieve their constitutionally guaranteed right, which includes the right to run for public office.
Concerning the development, F.B Ehikioya, Akpodiete's lawyer, said: “The action is based on a breach of the fundamental human right of all aspirants and any attempt to keep the Nigerian people down shall be collectively rejected.”
Earlier, Akpodiete had written to the APC chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, appealing to the party to keep the fees within the minimum wage; however, his complaint was not addressed, hence his legal action.
Earlier, NAIJ.com had reported that the APC had fixed a date for its presidential primaries to elect a candidate for the 2019 presidential election.
The party's national working committee said the primaries for the ruling party would take place on Thursday, September 20.
The APC in a statement signed by its national organising secretary, Emma Ibediro, also indicated that the sale of expression of interest and nomination forms for all elective offices would begin on Wednesday, September 5.
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