The Nigerian Socialist Party (SPN) has attacked the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the People Democratic Party (PDP) over the outrageous prices of forms.
It can recalled that the cost of the APC presidential nomination was fixed at N100 million and the cost of the PDP presidential nomination form is N40 million.
The party said it was not surprised by the APC and PDP’s decision to charge N100 million and N40 million respectively for presidential nomination forms.
In a statement signed by the acting National Chairman, Comrade Abiodun Bamigboye; and National Secretary, Comrade Chinedu Bosah; The SPN said the actions of the organizations only confirmed their existence in order to protect the interests of the privileged minority.
He described the actions of the ruling party as promoting corruption.
“In 2018, APC sold nomination forms for N45 million which attracted widespread criticism but has now doubled-down by charging N100 million in 2022 for the presidential contest.
“APC is also charging N50 million for Governorship aspiration, N20 million for Senate, N10 million for House of Representatives, N2 million for House of Assembly. Aside from these outrageous fees, these self-serving bourgeois candidates spend huge sums of money to bribe voters, Police officers, officials of the Independent Electoral Commissioner (INEC) and thugs.
“This moneybag politics is partly responsible for the increasing corruption. As far as we are concerned, the N100 million APC presidential nomination forms and pardon granted to two ex-governors serving jail terms for corruption make it crystal clear that President Buhari has not only failed to genuinely fight corruption, but indeed he is consolidating it with moneybag politics.
“This lopsided democracy wherein workers and the poor can vote but cannot be voted for is one of the cornerstones of the capitalist dictatorship. The quest by the self-serving capitalist ruling elite to dominate the political space is the major reason for the deregistration of SPN and other 72 political parties recently.
“It is crystal clear the 2023 general election will produce another crop of desperadoes whose agenda is to continue the domination and looting of the economy. The economy in the hands of these self-serving capitalist ruling elite will continue along the ruinous path, there will be more job losses, more industries will collapse and poverty will continue to rise.
“The sharp contradiction embedded in a capitalist society will continue as we have witnessed in the massive disparity in the poverty wage being earned by the working class and the jumbo salaries and allowance earned by the bourgeois political office holders; the apartheid in the education, healthcare, housing sectors of the economy will continue; inequality will become sharper,” the statement read.