- Civil society groups have asked President Buhari to reject the nomination that a shadowy group bought on his behalf
- The groups include Centre for Transparency Advocacy, Pan Niger Delta Forum and Afenifere
- Afenifere said the president should shun the forms, arguing that his claim that he could not afford them was hypocritical
Civil society groups on Thursday, September 6, asked President Buhari to reject the N45.5 million APC presidential nomination forms bought for him by a shadowy group, Nigeria Consolidation Ambassadors Network (NCAN).
This Day reports that the groups include Centre for Transparency Advocacy, Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) and Afenifere asked the president to reject it.
The national coordinator of NCAN, Sanusi Musa, had presented a cheque of N45.5 million at the APC national secretariat for the purchase of expression of interest N5 million and nomination N40 million forms on behalf of President Buhari.
The pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, said the president should shun the forms, arguing that his claim that he could not afford them was hypocritical, adding that it was a rehash of similar attitude before the 2015 election.
The group’s spokesman, Yinka Odumakin, warned that Buhari might be sued by a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) for violating the Electoral Act.
It was learnt that Odumakin did not say which NGO would sue the president, he stressed that it is typical of the Buhari’s administration to take Nigerians for granted.
Odumakin said: “You say you are fighting corruption but this is corruption. This is a clear contravention of the Electoral Act. It is all hypocrisy.”
The National Publicity Secretary of PANDEF, Anabs Sara-Igbe, said the organisation is a pressure group that does not dabble into partisan politics except that which has to do with issues relating to restructuring the country, fiscal federalism and the Niger Delta.
Sara-Igbe, however, said that if the president has violated the laws, those who feel aggrieved have the right to seek redress in the court of law.
According to him, “They should approach the court for interpretation of the Electoral Act, if they feel aggrieved; but they are also free to advise the president to do the needful. Everybody is free to advise the president.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the President Buhari purchased his form from the APC to enable him participate in the party’s primary election ahead of the 2019 presidential election.
According to Bashir Ahmad who is the personal assistant to the president on new media, the form was purchased on behalf of the president by a “group of good Nigerians”.
One of the president’s support groups, the Nigerian Consolidation Ambassadors Network, bought the form on Wednesday, September 5.
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