- The high cost of political parties' nomination forms ahead of the 2019 elections has been condemned by the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum
- The group said the high cost will make youths and qualified politicians to shelve their ambitions
- Yerima Shettima, president of the forum, called on the political parties to make the electioneering process affordable for the younger generation
The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum condemned the high cost of expression of interest and nomination forms of political parties for the 2019 general elections saying the cost of the forms was a deliberate plot to shut out the youths from seeking election for political offices.
Channels TV reports that Yerima Shettima, president of the forum, on Tuesday, September 11, made this known at the secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kaduna state.
Shettima who is also a PDP aspirant for the House of Representatives submitted his forms at the PDP secretariat. He however, called on the political parties to find a way of making the electioneering process affordable for the younger generation.
The forum leader, however, said the group was working with the Northern Elders Forum to search for an alternative candidate from the region in the 2019 presidential election.
Shettima maintained that the need to change the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government in the forthcoming polls.
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According to Shettima, there has not been any meaningful development in the country since the inception of the Muhammadu Buhari administration.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the APC aspirants for the 2019 general elections kicked against the high costs of nomination and expression of interest forms.
Some aspirants for various governorship, national and state assembly seats are on a collision course with the party’s leadership over the issue. They are demanding a downward review of the fees.
The national working committee of the ruling party had proposed a cost of N55 million to purchase forms for the office of president; a figure much higher than that of the PDP, which is N12 million.
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