Ahead of 2023 presidential election, an aspirant on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Adamu Garba II, has withdrew from the race.
Garba announced his withdrawal during a press briefing in Abuja on Tuesday.
He attributed his reasons due to the high cost of party’s expression of interest and nomination forms for presidency.
According to him, selling presidential forms at N100 million would promote commercialization of the political space.
He said his campaign team had generated N83.2 million in private and online donations, adding that the sums would be returned to the donors.
“We believe this action is capable of overfinancializing our political space, institutionalizing vote-buying, encouraging corruption, and complete obliteration of the youth and the poor from participation.
“When we raised this concern on several media fora, the party, however, believed the high cost of form will separate the serious contenders from unserious ones.
“This goes contrary to our belief that you can only separate serious contenders from unserious ones by the competency, capacity, credibility, strength of the programme, workable solutions, and sellable candidate to Nigeria through rapid intraparty debates and other high-level criteria reviews that can ensure we present a better leader for future for Nigeria.
“We further discovered that even if we went ahead to obtain the form, the party has foreclosed the plan for primary election because of the presence of the request for a Letter of Voluntary withdrawal on page 18 of the nomination form.
“I cannot, in all honesty, rally funds from my supporters in the hope that we will be having a primary election, then sign a postdated letter of voluntary withdrawal from the contest.”
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“These steps, if not changed, could reverse the gains we’ve made over time and return us back to centrist, sycophantic, patronage-driven unitary systems, a situation we have to avoid at all costs in the interest of the future of Nigeria.
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