Ahead of the 2023 election, Hon. Henry U Orji, a leading aspirant for Ahiazu/Ezinihitte Federal Constituency of Imo State under the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC) has expressed concern over the high cost of the party’s nomination form.
Orji, in a chat with newsmen on Thursday, said the high cost of nomination and expression of interest form would shut the door against many competent APC members who are very competent for leadership positions.
The House of Representatives aspirant said :”Many faithful APC members who have shown interest in very elective positions in the 2023 elections will not be able to participate now because they will not afford the form.
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“Where do you expect many of the youths’ who are aspiring to House of Representatives or State House of Assembly to get N5 million or N10 million for nomination form going by the present economic situation in the country?
“I urge the party to drastically review downward the cost of nomination form in the interest of democracy to allow more qualified persons participate as candidates in the APC primaries.
“High cost of expression and nomination form is a major challenge to the youths and allowing it to remain that way may not serve the interest of our party very well.”
Recall that APC had on Wednesday said the party’s forms for presidential ticket will be sold at N100 million, governorship N50 million; Senate, N20 million; House of Representatives, N10 million and State Houses of Assembly, N2 million.
Following the condemnations that trailed the announcement from several quarters, national youth leader of the party, later announced that APC has agreed a 50percent reduction across all forms for aspirants not above 40 years.