The enthusiasm of youths across the 36 states of the federation for politics is being dampened by the high cost of nomination forms of the major political parties for various elective positions, compelling some of the young ones to drop out of the races.
The cost of nomination and expression of interest forms for the presidential ticket of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) is N100 million, the governorship forms cost N50m, while the senatorial and House of Representatives tickets are pegged at N20 million and N10 million respectively, even as forms for the state assemblies are being sold for N2 million.
The cost of the nomination forms of the opposition PDP are also just as expensive.
Though young people, especially those under the age of 40, are only expected to pay half the cost for any given elective office, LEADERSHIP Weekend findings showed that the price tag is still out of reach for many young aspiring politicians.
But national chairman of the APC, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, however, said the party has no regrets pegging its presidential nomination forms at N100 million.
Adamu stated this yesterday while fielding questions from State House correspondents at the presidential villa after presenting the party’s gubernatorial candidate in the Ekiti governorship election to President Muhammadu Buhari.
He was accompanied by the party’s national secretary, Senator Iyiola Omisore, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, and Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu.