Amid complaints about the cost of All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential nomination forms, the Middlebelt Interfaith Clerics Association of Nigeria, has called on the ruling party to waive the N100 million nomination fee for its members seeking to run for the 2023 presidential election across the country.
They specifically pleaded with the party to grant a waiver to one of its members and presidential candidate, Moses Ayom.
The clerics, who paid a courtesy visit to APC National Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, in Abuja, said it was virtually impossible for any of their members to raise the funds needed to purchase the forms of appointment.
The Chief Executive of the Interfaith Association, Bishop Edward Chanomi, who led other leaders on the courtesy visit, said, “We, the interfaith body, wish to use this same medium to request, through your good offices, that as you have given to women and the waivers for physically handicapped aspirants, that you will also give in a spirit of love to male and female aspirants who are clerics of all faiths, waivers to enable them to exercise their constitutional rights without inhibitions.
Revealing the interfaith body’s particular interest in Ayom’s presidential aspiration, Chanomi said, “We want to introduce to you with particular interest, one of our religious colleagues who is a presidential aspirant in the person of Rev. Moses Ayom, who we believe has what it takes to take Nigeria to another level of development.
“We wish to ask you to grant him and other clergy aspirants this unique privilege so that they too can participate effectively in this process without being disenfranchised,” he stressed.
According to him, “As clerics, we are charitable and non-profit organizations of the two main religions of the country. We reiterate that as many clerics who are members of APC receive free tickets to stand for all elected positions during of the next elections in 2023.”
The clerics briefed Adamu on how they conducted extensive research which led to the discovery of Ayom as good material for the presidency in 2023.
“We are delighted to inform you sir that we were the first to do a thorough search and find a real Nigerian Reverend Moses Ayom whom we have found highly qualified to be the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“A few months ago, a delegation of Christian Bishops came to defeat a true Nigerian Reverend Moses Ayom who we believe is one of the best choices to be elected President of Nigeria. Shortly after, a delegation of muslim clerics of imams also came to him with the same message, this gave birth to the interfaith council that traveled the country soliciting the support of our favorite candidate South-East/South-South youth, women and the physically disabled also endorsed Ayom for the presidency.”
For his part, Ayom had been consistent about the disadvantages of imposing exorbitant fees on aspirants to political office.
Using the platforms of major TV programs and print media, he had specifically pointed out that the 21 million naira charged as the nomination fee for the APC chairmanship was too high.
During one of his appearances on the Arise TV show, Ayom instructed the NWC led by Abdullahi Adamu to pay the nomination fee for women and disabled people free of charge. On this point, he is extremely happy that the NOC respected his advice and did exactly what was asked of him.
Ayom, who is the Chairman/CEO of the Federal Housing Authority – KETTI Investment and Development Corporation, whose district was recently revalidated by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) had also spoken of the need for the APC leadership to heed the advice of President Muhammadu Buhari. that the party ticket is not given to the highest bidder.
The presidential aspirant, who currently holds the title of Ozo Igbo Ndu 1 of the South East, noted that the nomination fee of 100 million naira took the contest far beyond the reach of many APC aspirants who had genuine interest and better plans and commitment for elevation. from the country. Examples of these categories of people are academicians, journalists, pensioners/retirees, etc.
“With the fixing of a 100 million naira fee for the Presidential Nomination Form, it is evident that only the moneybags would suck while other good potential leaders were blocked.” The stressed wannabe.
The aspirant said that in view of the harsh global economic realities, the ruling APC and the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) should not take decisions that could worsen the economic conditions of the people the government represents. .
He said: “APC First, the new APC national working committee led by Adamu should be seen to be in strict accordance with global finance and economy, bearing in mind that the world is collapsing still and has not fully recovered from the damage of Covid-19.Indeed places like Shaghai are still struggling with another lockdown.