- Senator Ben Bruce has condemned the purchase of the N45 million APC nomination form for President Buhari, by a group
- He described the purchase as a breach of the Electoral Act; pointing out that a person cannot make a donation that is more than N1 million
- The lawmaker, however, insisted that the issue is an APC problem, not a PDP problem
President Muhammadu Buhari has been told by the Senate, to respect the provision of the Electoral Act that pegs the maximum donation to a political campaign at N1 million.
According to Punch, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, the vice chairman of the Senate committee on media and public affairs, urged the president to obey the rules guiding electioneering.
NAIJ.com gathers that the lawmaker made the remark in reaction to the purchase of the All Progressive Congress (APC)’s nomination and expression of interest form for Buhari, by a group.
He said: “First, the APC is charging N45m; that is exorbitant and it is clear that they do not want democracy in the party, because N45m is too high for anybody to seek public office.
“Second, if anybody has bought the form (for Buhari), then it is a breach of the Electoral Act because a person cannot make a donation that is more than N1m.
“As the ruling party, and as a party that should obey the rule of law, they should ensure that they obey the laws of the land. If N1m is the limit, then they should obey it.
“If they charge N45m per aspirant, then it is quite obvious that it is skewed in favour of one individual and not for democracy in the APC. But more importantly, it is an APC problem, not the PDP."
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari submitted his nomination and expression of interest forms to the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the national secretariat of the party in Abuja on Wednesday, September 12.
The president submitted the forms to his party shortly after presiding over the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting.
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