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You Shouldn’t Think Of Becoming A President If You Can’t Raise N100m For Form – APC Spokesperson

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The National publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Felix Morka, has blown hot saying no one should think of contesting for the presidency if he or she can’t raise a N100m for forms.

Mr Morka said this on Monday while answering questions during an interview programme on Silverbird Television.

He was reacting to the barrage of criticism that has continued to trail APC’s decision to fix N100 million for its nomination and expression of interest forms for persons interested in contesting the presidency on the party’s platform.

Speaking on the form fees, Mr Morka said although the price appears high when one considers the Nigerian setting, presidential hopefuls should have the necessary support to raise such an amount.

“I hate to use the US as an example. The ability to raise funds is a clear criterion whether or not you are eligible to participate at the primaries and the debate especially.

“You aspire to run for the highest office in the land, you should have some appeal, some reach to members of the party. Sell your ideas, sell your vision.

“Forty-five million people giving you N1, do the math and see what it comes to. That is a lot of money. We do have that possibility,” he said.

Speaking ahead, Mr Morka said, “for those who have the money already, they are quite welcome to use their own funds. The party has commitments and we do not have any statutory funding as you know.

“Within the context of Nigeria, N100 million is a lot of money. Those who seek the office around the country are expected to have a sufficient base, otherwise why would you aspire to be president, if you are that obscure or unsupportable by your party members and the electorate?”

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