The current trend in Nigerian politics right now is to be gifted nomination forms for public offices by their supporters.
The most recent is that of President Buhari who received a has just received a N45million presidential nomination form gift from a group of supporters at the presidential villa in Abuja.
“Just now at the State House I was presented with the APC Presidential Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms, by the Nigeria Consolidation Ambassadors Network (NCAN). A mixture of familiar faces, as well as new ones, united by a common vision of a secure prosperous Nigeria”, Buhari said.
On August 31, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar received with tears the PDP nomination form of N12million as a gift by some Nigerians.
On September 4, Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu announced that a group had purchased the PDP’s N3.5million senatorial nomination for him.
“My people, the good people of Enugu West Senatorial District, including the Enugu West Peoples Assembly, members of the National Assembly, Council Chairmen, members of the Enugu State Executive Council, Enugu State Chapter of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, leaders of the PDP from Enugu West, among others, gave me a surprise on Sunday.
“They presented to me the PDP nomination form for the Senate, which they purchased for me, requesting that I return to the Senate in 2019.
“My people, my primary employers have spoken. I have no choice than to humbly accept to run for the senate again”, Ekweremadu said.
On Monday, September 10, a group consisting of cattle traders, Sheikh Gumi Market Association, and the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria purchased the APC nomination form to seek re-election in 2019, for N22.5million for Kaduna Governor, Nasir El-Rufai.
In Niger State, a group of traders purchased the N22.5million APC nomination form for Governor Abubakar Sani-Bello.
It has now become the latest trend in Nigerian politics. With this new tend gaining momentum, more politicians are in the waiting list to receive nomination forms as gifts from their supporters. This could go on to the grass roots.
Does it really show approval from the people or does it cry of manipulations and desperations from these politicians on so many levels?
What do you think though?
Yay or Nay? Should politicians accept nomination forms from supporters?