FACT CHECK: How much do the APC, PDP nomination forms actually cost?

FACT CHECK: How much do the APC, PDP nomination forms actually cost?

As Nigeria moves closer to the 2019 general elections, the two major political parties, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), have announced the costs of their nomination forms for all the elective positions.

Since the two major parties announced the commencement of the sale of their forms, there have been speculations about the costs of the nomination and Expression of Interest forms.

In this piece, Legit.ng presents the factual costs of the forms as released by the political parties.

Below is a breakdown of the cost of the PDP nomination forms:

Presidency

Presidential nomination form – N10 million

Expression of Interest form – N2 million

Total – N12 million

Governorship

Nomination form – N5 million

Expression of Interest – N1 million

Total – N6 million

Senate

Nomination form - N3.5 million

Expression of Interest - N500,000

Total – N4 million

House of Representatives

Nomination form – N1 million

Expression of Interest - N500,000

Total – N1.5 million

House of Assembly

Nomination form - N500,000

Expression of Interest - N100,000

Total – N600,000

‘Market survey’: How much do the APC, PDP nomination forms actually cost?

PDP's costs of nomination forms. Credit: ICIR

The opposition party in a statement published by Premium Times, said all female aspirants are exempted from payment for the purchase of nomination forms for all offices except national and ad-hoc delegate categories.

Below is a breakdown of the cost of the APC nomination forms:

Presidency

Presidential nomination form – N40 million

Expression of Interest form – N5 million

Total –N 45 million

Governorship

Nomination form – N20 million

Expression of Interest – N2.5 million

Total – N22.5 million

Senate

Nomination form – N6 million

Expression of Interest – N1 million

Total – N7 million

House of Representatives

Nomination form – N3.5 million

Expression of Interest – N350,000

Total – N3.85 million

House of Assembly

Nomination form – N750,000

Expression of interest – N100,000

Total – N850,000

‘Market survey’: How much do the APC, PDP nomination forms actually cost?

Breakdown of the APC's costs of nomination forms. Source: Facebook/APC Newspaper

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Comparison

  • The APC’s presidential form is more expensive than that of the PDP by N33 million.
  • The ruling party’s governorship form is also more expensive than that of the main opposition party by N16.6 million
  • The PDP’s Senate form is cheaper than that of the APC by N3 million
  • Regarding the House of Reps, the PDP form is cheaper than that of the ruling party by N2.35 million
  • Lastly, the PDP’s House of Assembly form is cheaper that of the APC by N250,000.

Meanwhile, members of the Not-Too-Young-To-Run movement in Gombe state have raised the alarm that some state governors were working to frustrate the leadership ambition of the youths by hijacking the sale of nomination forms.

They alleged that state governors were working to edge out the youths from vying for elected public offices by making the expression of interest and nomination forms exorbitant and out of their reach.

Also, President Muhammadu Buhari, who as the time of this report is the only presidential aspirant of the APC had complained that he could not afford the amount the ruling party is selling the nomination form.

In a surprising move, however, one of the president’s support groups tagged the Nigerian Consolidation Ambassadors Network, bought the nomination and expression of interest forms on his behalf on Wednesday, September 5.

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Flashback: Costs of the APC, PDP's presidential nomination forms in 2014

In 2014, the presidential nomination form of the then main opposition APC was the highest at N27.5 million, followed by the then ruling PDP’s, at N22 million.

President Muhammadu Buhari had reportedly said he took a bank loan to pay for his APC presidential form.

In its reaction to the cost of nomination forms in 2014, the Alliance for Democracy (AD) said people seeking elective positions do not have to take loans to vie for such offices.

“The high cost of nomination forms will turn politics into business. The party believes that to ask for high fees for nomination forms is a creation of the foundation of corruption.

“Unfortunately, if occupying elective office requires selling off properties or acquiring loans, some of the members of the political class will see an elective position as a business and an opportunity to increase their wealth,” the party said in a statement.

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