The newly announced fees for the All Progressives Congress, APC, nomination forms has prompted a presidential aspirant of the party, Christmas Akpodiete, to drag the party before an Abuja Federal High Court, claiming the fees are too high thereby unconstitutional.
Joined in the suit are the Attorney General of the Federation, AGF, Abubakar Malami, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
In the suit marked No. FHC/ABJ/CS/951/2018, the presidential aspirant urged the court to restrain the APC from going ahead with its scheduled primary elections due to its high cost of forms.
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 constitutionally guaranteed right to run for public office in their own country.”
Akpodiete also urged the court to give a judicial breath to this matter by pegging the nomination fees for all elective positions at “N18,000,00. (Eighteen thousand naira only), because that is the national minimum wage of the country.”
He noted that if the nomination fee was beyond the amount the ordinary Nigerian worker earns, N18,000 monthly, they would be “deprived the capacity to achieve their constitutionally guaranteed right, which includes the right to run for public office.”
Speaking on the suit, counsel to the aspirant, F.B Ehikioya, 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”.
The matter is yet to be assigned to a judge.