2023: New Development Emerges as Former Senate President Declares for President Under APC

2023: New Development Emerges as Former Senate President Declares for President Under APC

  • The 2023 presidential race may end up as one of the most contested elections in the history of the Nigerian politics
  • This is as a former Senate president, Ken Nnamani, on Friday, April 29, joined the growing list of the presidential aspirants on the platform of the APC
  • Declaring his ambition in Abuja, Nnamani said he would improve on President Buhari’s legacies of integrity and performance if elected

FCT, Abuja - A former President of the Senate, Senator Ken Nnamani, has formally declared his interest in the 2023 presidential race on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Nnamani made the declaration in Abuja on Friday, April 29, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported.

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Senator Ken Nnamani has joined the growing list of presidential aspirants on the APC platform. Photo credit: Senator Ken Nnamani, GCON
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Legit.ng gathers that the APC chieftain called for a reduction in the nomination fees for elective offices.

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He also urged Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to set rules to regulate the cost of nomination fees and campaign expenses.

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Get involved in partisan politics, Nnamani tells Nigerians

Nnamani also enjoined Nigerians across all strata to get massively involved in partisan politics so as to influence a reduction in the cost of electioneering.

His words:

“My view is that we should work towards reducing the cost of nomination fees for political offices so that we can create an inclusive environment for our dynamic youths and women who may not have access to much wealth.
“I believe that high cost of election does not align with our socio-economic realities in terms of per capita income and purchasing power of Nigerians.
“Ultimately, the pressure for drastic reduction in nomination fees will come when citizens and groups begin to play more active roles in demanding for, and presenting, credible and capable persons for elective offices."

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The former Senate president added that the nomination fees being charged by political parties for elective offices needed to be reviewed in order to improve the inclusion of youths, women and most Nigerians earning salaries in a distressed economy.

“Maybe it is time INEC lays down guidelines to political parties on the costs of nomination forms and campaign expenses,” he said.

Nnamani said that he would back such regulatory control that would improve the fiscal responsibility and inclusive politics in Nigeria.

2023 presidency: What I will do if elected, Nnamani reveals

Speaking on his presidential ambition, the former senate president said that he would improve on President Muhammadu Buhari’s legacies of integrity and performance, if elected.

He said:

“My pedigree as President of the Senate and Chairman of Presidential Committee on Constitutional and Electoral Reform shows beyond doubt that I am that man for the job now.
“We will all agree that President Buhari met enormous challenges.

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“In spite of the challenges we face, we have to acknowledge that the president’s patriotism has manifests in the unshaken belief that Nigeria will move past the current problems and setbacks."

Nnamani called on Nigerians, particularly members of the ruling APC, to adopt the spirit of courage and patriotism, as exemplified by the president, to tackle the country’s challenges.

“It is at a time like this that we need a man of tested integrity and competence to mobilise Nigerians to overcome these tough challenges,” he said.

2023 election: Tinubu picks N100m APC presidential form

Meanwhile, the APC's N100 million form has been obtained for former Lagos state governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

The form was picked at the APC's national headquarters on Friday, April 29, by some of his powerful allies and supporters like James Faleke of the House of Representatives (Ikeja Federal Constituency), Lawmaker Babatunde Adejare representing Agege Federal Constituency, and former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal.

Speaking after picking the forms, Lawal said that Tinubu’s camp is not afraid of other APC presidential aspirants.

Source: Legit.ng

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