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2015: Lawmakers Decry High Cost Of Political Parties’ Nomination Form

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nassLawmakers in Abuja on Monday decried the high cost of the forms for expression of interest and nomination for the 2015 general elections being sold by political parties in the country.

Umar Jubril, APC-Kogi, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the costs of the forms would make qualified politicians to shelve their ambitions.

Mr. Jubril said that although parties used the sale as means of raising funds, it also contributed to the high cost of political campaigns in the country.

Similarly, Aminu Jonathan, PDP-Plateau, said the cost and high cost of campaigns made the practice of democracy an exclusive right of elites.

“It is for people who have the wherewithal to participate in the process of democracy”.

According to Mr. Jonathan, the high cost of forms is preventing people who have the desire to serve the public not to do so.

“Look at the sum of money needed in this democratic process.

“The one that is quite worrisome is the issue of young persons who are at 25 years.

“A member of the house of assembly, as provided by the constitution, is from age of 25 and how can a person at 25 years have access to N1.5 million to buy forms?

“So to an extent, this is a contradiction.

“I think that this does not give room for people who are really having the desire to contribute meaningfully to the country because of the issue of funds,’’ Mr. Jonathan said.

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential forms costs N22 million; senatorial seat, House of Representatives and state assemblies forms cost N4.5 million, N2.5 million and N1.2 million respectively.

In All Progressives Congress, APC, aspirants to the office of the President are expected to pay N27.5 million; state chairman, N100, 000 and aspirants for state executive committee, N30, 000.

Local government executive committee membership, for example in Cross River, attracts N10, 000; ward chairmanship, 10,000 and ward executive membership, N2, 000.

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National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP

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National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over 'Disappointing, Empty' Speech – PDP
National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over 'Disappointing, Empty' Speech – PDP

Muhammadu Buhari

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has blasted President Muhammadu Buhari over his nationwide broadcast over the ongoing #EndSARS protest rocking the country.

Recall that Buhari in his speech called for an end to the protest, adding that his government had already accepted and started implementing demands of the protesters.

He, however, failed to acknowledge the shooting of protesters by soldiers of the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.

Also Read: President Muhammadu Buhari’s speech – Full text

Reacting in a statement on Thursday night by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodinyan, the PDP said Buhari’s address was depressing and failed empathy test.

The party appealed to Nigerians, particularly the youth, to remain calm and allow a return to normal life in the collective quest for peaceful co-existence in the overall interest of the nation.

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PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria

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PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the killing of peaceful #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos.

This was contained in a statement titled “EndSARS- Lekki Massacre,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, late on Tuesday.

Ologbodiyan said, “The Peoples Democratic Party, condemns in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of our country.

Also Read: Shehu Sani Condemns Shooting Of #EndSARS Protesters At Lekki Toll Gate

“It is shocking that security agents and, in some cases, thugs, were reportedly deployed to end the lives of promising Nigerians. This, to say the least, is saddening.

“Those responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent and harmless Nigerians must account for their nefarious acts.

“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation.

 

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#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari

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#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari

Governor Bello

The Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello has declared his intention to lead the #EndSARS protest against police brutality ongoing nationwide.

He stated this during an interview with Africa Independent Television AIT on Monday night.

Bello called on his fellow state governors to tack charge in their respective states so as to prevent loss of lives and properties due to attacks by hoodlums.

Also Read: Fayemi Names Members Of Judicial Panel On Human Rights Violations By Police

He, however, warned Nigerian youths to resist the temptation of using the current situation in the country to seek an undemocratic change in leadership.

The Governor warned that those interested in the presidency must wait till 2023 and go through democratic processes.

He urged the protesting youths to leave the streets and embrace dialogue.

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