One of the presidential aspirants on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. SKC Ogbonnia, has called on Nigerians to disregard claims that President Muhammadu Buhari is the sole presidential aspirant of the party.
The aspirants said he would fight to stop what he described as the deception among party officials. Ogbonnia in a statement on Friday, also described the imposition of N45million as the cost of APC presidential nomination forms, as the height of corruption. According to him, not even the president could afford it within the limits of his legitimate income.
“The president feigned ignorance and appeared to disown the decision, claiming that his salary could not accommodate such inordinate amount. Yet, the fact that Buhari allowed phony groups to compete and purchase the form for him is an apparent subterfuge and, of course, a quaint acquiescence to the quandary.
“The unfolding political shenanigans beg the questions: If the NEC had already adopted Buhari as the sole candidate of the party, why did the party continue to drum a fidelity to internal party democracy even after the president declared his intention for a second term in office?
“Why lure other candidates into the presidential race if the primary election results were already written in advance? What then was the motive for placing an outrageous N45 million tag on ordinary nomination form?
“The answer is a height of political chicanery and gross illegality. A majority of party members are against the undemocratic maneuver, and my campaign will deploy every resource within the democratic sphere to ensure that Muhammadu Buhari is not imposed on the people. “In short, there is sufficient time to ensure that justice prevails before the INEC deadline for submission of candidates, and I expect to be the eventual presidential nominee of our great party,” the statement read.