The All Progressives Congress (APC) leadership has been criticised by the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) for allegedly demonstrating traits of a hidden cult fraternity or cartel.
Earlier in the day, the APC declared that candidates for the presidency in 2023 would have to spend N100 million to purchase nomination forms.
According to the APC, the nomination form would cost N70 million and the expression of interest form will cost N30 million.
HURIWA, in a statement signed by Emmanuel Onwubiko, responded by saying that it is unfathomable that a Nigerian who earned his money legitimately can afford to spend N100 million merely to serve Nigerians.
“Only political rogues, drug-dealing criminals, or anybody involved in armed robbery or kidnappings for ransom can afford to gamble away such a lifelong wealth,” the report claimed.
Citizens should be detained and given over to law enforcement authorities such as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) or the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) or the police to investigate the source of the money, according to the rights organization.
HURIWA has also cautioned that the N100 million increase in the cost of presidential forms will have an impact on the naira’s value.
“This same APC government is unable to meet the funding obligations for federal universities and thereby left millions of students of public schools to roam around in their homes due to industrial strike by university teachers (ASUU) for over two months, yet the politicians have hidden enough stolen cash to buy presidential forms at N100 million each,” the statement read.
“It is a shame that those who seek to govern Nigeria are made to cough up so much money to purchase forms just to signpost their original intention as persons whose only objective would be to first recoup their huge investments and to further impoverish the citizenry.
“We urge Nigerians to initiate citizen’s arrest of anyone who buys the APC Presidential form at the rate of N100 million so the relevant law enforcement agencies are handed over these suspects to explain their source of such huge funds.”
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