House of Representatives aspirant for Owan federal constituency in Edo State, Mr Christopher Ojo, has condemned the high cost of expression of interest and nomination forms by political parties ahead of the 2023 general election.
Ojo who is seeking the All Progressives Congress (APC) ticket for Owan federal constituency stated this in a chat with newsmen in Benin yesterday, saying the high cost negates the essence of the “Not Too Young To Run Act.”
He said many youths who are willing and ready to participate in the forthcoming elections have been discouraged with the development.
According to him, “If not indirectly telling us to wait for more time or perhaps, be involved in corrupt acts, where do they expect us (youths) to get this huge amount of money from to buy just form.
“From what I have seen so far, there is no party that sells forms below N3 million, forgetting that much more money will be spent in campaigns and other logistics.
“ How many of us can really afford this cost and yet, they preached to us about inclusive participation.”
Ojo appealed to the political parties that have already fixed their prices for the forms to reduce the cost.
“If the plan for inclusiveness is real and we want to make true the essence of ‘Not Too Young To Run Act’ then the political parties must as a matter of urgency see to the need to address this issue,” he added