JUST IN: Labour Party makes U-turn, reduces price of governorship forms after outcry

The Labour Party has accept to carry out a downward review of prices of its governorship nomination and expression of interest forms for the Imo State election.

The party had initially fixed N25m as the price for the forms, a development that generated condemnations from its followers on social media.

FS Emeka Yusuf: “Pegging the gubernatorial nomination and expression of interest form at N25M is outrageous. @NgLabour shouldn’t make defending them hard for us. We want a party that should make a difference and not align with the status quo. Equal opportunity should be the mantra.”

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@Abel Joshua Chinaza: “NGN 500,000 or even NGN 1,000, 000 is better. It will make the race more competitive. Exorbitant prices for ordinary expressions of interest have already excluded a set of willing young minds who are not moneybags but want to come on board to serve the people.”

Official Chuks: Picking an interest form shouldn’t be based on who can afford the form but on the candidate’s capability if in-house scrutiny has been properly done. That should be the best way to go.”

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Festus Keyamo, the spokesman for the All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Council (APC-PCC), said the country escaped a bullet on February 25 with the failure of its presidential candidate, Peter Obi, not winning the presidential election.

“I understand that the Labour Party’s Governorship forms for Imo State costs N25 million, same as that of the PDP in the last election.

“It didn’t even take long before the pretensions of the so-called ‘new breeds’ have begun to unravel. Nigerians dodged a bullet on February 25th,” Keyamo wrote.

However, announcing the decision to review the amount downward in a statement on Tuesday, Kenneth Okonkwo Spokesperson, Labour Party, Obi-Datti Presidential Campaign Council, said the party would consider the sum of N15m that has been suggested.

“After due consultation with all the relevant stakeholders in the Party, and taking into consideration the overwhelming interest of Nigerians in our Party, and the necessity to birth a new Nigeria, and in view of the prevailing high cost of things in Nigeria, which the incompetent APC ruling party has foisted on all Nigerians, the Labour Party, as a listening Party, has taken note of the suggestions of Nigerians that a party of the working class Nigerians should settle for a nomination fee of not more than N15m for the post of a governor,” he said.

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“In line with our avowed disposition to carry Nigerians along in what we do, the Party has decided to review the cost of nomination forms downwards for all positions taking into consideration the suggested amount of N15m for the post of Governor.

“We must move together to salvage our country from incompetent and dishonest leadership of the old order.”

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