A presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Mr Christmas Akpodiete has sued the ruling party, the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and other registered political parties over the cost of nomination forms for the 2019 polls
The action is with Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/951/2018 at the Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja.
Akpodiete is asking the court to restrain the APC and PDP from going ahead with their scheduled primary elections and if they do, he’s asking the court to declare such primaries null and void.
Akpodiete is also asking the court to restrain INEC from recognizing such primaries, pending the determination of the substantial suit.
He is of the opinion that the nomination fees charged by political parties are not only ‘ridiculous and unaffordable’, but unconstitutional.
“The nomination fees are repugnant to the rules of natural justice, equity and good conscience.
“It’s an attempt by the Nigeria political oligarchs to make nonsense of the just passed (NOT TOO YOUNG TO RUN LAW), and it is a calculated move to deprive the Nigerian people their constitutional guaranteed right to run for public office in their own country,” he said.
Akpodiete is asking the court to give a judicial breath to this matter by pegging the nomination fees for all elective positions at N18,000,00. (Eighteen thousand naira only), “because that is the nation national minimum wage of the country.”
He is praying the court that if the nomination fees is beyond that amount, the ordinary Nigerian worker who earns N18,000,00, (eighteen thousand Naira) monthly, would be deprived the capacity to achieve their constitutionally guaranteed right, which includes the right to run for public office.
Counsel to the aspirant, F.B Ehikioya, said “the action is based on a breach of the fundamental human right of all aspirants and any attempt to keep the Nigerian people down shall be collectively rejected”.
It will be recalled that Akpodiete had earlier on written to the APC chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, appealing to the party to jettison the nomination fees or keep it within the minimum wage but his complaint was not addressed; hence the legal action.
The case is awaiting hearing.