- The cost of nomination and expression of interest forms for APC gubernatorial election is N22.5 million
- This amount has been described as being on the high side by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu
- However, Akeredolu was presented with a cheque of the same amount by his supporters on Tuesday, June 9
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo has described the cost of nomination and expression of interest forms of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as being too expensive.
The governor said that he frowned at the cost of the form and raised an alarm when it was declared at the APC caucus meeting, This Day reports.
In fact, Akeredolu mentioned that upon hearing the amount, N22.5 million, he literally screamed because, according to him, he did not have the money.
The governor said: “When I contested the first and second time in 2012 and 2016 respectively, I raised the money on my own but was not as much as this.
“When the fee for this year’s election was announced, I screamed that it was too much, and that I don’t have the money."
He said top members of his campaign team paid him a visit on Tuesday, June 9, and presented him with a cheque of the said amount as a gesture of their support for his re-election bid.
Moved by this, the governor promised his supporters that their effort to see him retain his office as the governor of the state will not be in vain.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Akeredolu has laughed off claims that he was afraid of losing his return ticket if the APC's choice of primaries was direct mode ahead of the October Ondo election.
“It’s laughable and that is unfortunate. You can’t put something on nothing. What is the basis for their clamour for direct primary?" the governor queried.
Akeredolu dismissed the challenge posed by about 15 governorship aspirants who have agreed that a direct primary was best for them to topple the incumbent governor.
According to Akeredolu, the arithmetic of politics was more than their imagination and he was better prepared for the direct primaries than them.
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