A group known as the Coalition of Southern and Middle Belt Youth Leaders Assembly (COSMBYLA) has criticised President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) for pegging its presidential nomination form at N100 million.
Speaking in a press statement, the group stated that the sale of the form at such a high amount is intended at promoting corruption.
"We are alarmed over the outrageous cost of the APC nomination and expression of interest forms of N100 million for Presidential, N50 million for governorship, N20 million for Senatorial, and N10 million for federal house of representatives.
"The approval of these outrageous fees for mere nomination and expression of interest forms of a party in power confirms the party as a cesspool of corruption", it said.
Speaking further, the group slammed the president, recalling how he criticised his party in 2014 for fixing the fee at N27.5 million ahead of the 2015 general elections.
"The annual salary of the president of Nigeria is N14,058,820. In four years, it would be N56,235,280. How will someone apply for a job with N100 million, other campaign expenses exclusive just to earn N56,235,280?
"President Buhari is an employee of Nigerians and he is answerable to Nigerians who elected him into power in 2015 and 2019.
"As youth leaders of this country who have the interest of our nation Nigeria at heart, we demand to know how someone whose salary will amount to N56,235,280 in four years will be applying for the same job with a whopping sum of N100 million.
"President Buhari has confirmed to Nigerians that all this time he contested for the office of the President, he was not contesting to be President so that he can build Nigeria, but rather he was contesting so that he can destroy what is left of the country.
"How can one explain that when President Buhari came into office, one dollar was exchanged for N160 and now under his watch the same one dollar is N580.
"Foreign investors were coming in to invest in our economy but today all of the investors have left because of insecurity.
“President Buhari has failed Nigerians and we cannot pretend about it. Nigerians are tired of this administration, we are waiting for the President’s resignation", COSMBYLA added.
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