Adamu Garba, a former presidential aspirant under the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adamu Garba, has taken a swipe at President Muhammadu Buhari over the pegging of the Expression of Interest and Nomination form at N100m.
He made this known in an interview with Punch.
Adamu Garba dumped the APC for the Young Progressives Party (YPP). Also, he has now picked up the party’s ticket to contest the presidential primaries. The controversial entrepreneur slammed Buhari for complaining about the cost of the form which was pegged at N40m; at a time when he was an aspirant, only to turn around to hike it to N100m.
‘‘My expectation was that it might remain the same because we complained at the time that the cost was too much. But the President (Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.)) himself lamented that the price was more than he expected. He urged the party to review and reconsider the cost in the future; so that young people and those who don’t have enough could participate.
‘‘I said no problem since the President also shared our concern; we should give them the benefit of the doubt. But in 2023, it is really shocking that the President superintended the NEC (National Executive Committee) meeting that approved the N100m for the cost of the presidential forms; more than double the previous cost in a country where the minimum wage is N30, 000 – that is if it is even being paid.
‘‘In any ideal democratic country, you must have the right to vote and be voted for as a citizen…Your rights must be recognised across the board, regardless of your economic status. However, in our case, almost 95 per cent of the people seemingly have no right to be voted for. They only have the right to vote. How can this be a democracy?’’
Meanwhile, while announcing his defection; Adamu Garba had stated that the APC has lost its moral bearings and drifted from its core values.
“I cannot continue to retain membership of a party that favours money beyond competency; vested interest beyond common interest, chronic elitism beyond public good, politics of exclusion beyond inclusion.
“I do not in all honesty, sincerely and with consciousness believe that any young man in Nigeria has a future or model worthy of emulation for the benefit of Nigeria in APC. I believe the party has drifted so much from the original beliefs of its foundation to something more cynical, undemocratic institution,” he had told BBC Hausa.