By Francesca Iwambe
Following criticism from the opposition, the national leadership of the Labour Party (LP), has reviewed the nomination fee for the governorship form from N25 million to N15 million.
The spokesperson for the Peter Obi-Datti Presidential Campaign Council, Kenneth Okonkwo, made the announcement in a series of tweets on Tuesday.
“The party's constitution frowns at any action that will constitute a hindrance to the participation of any Nigerian in governance at any level,” he tweeted.
According to him, “N25 million is exorbitant and will not be encouraged,” because “Article 8(h) of the Labour Party Constitution states, “To broaden participation in governance at all levels by ensuring that the costs of the electoral process do not constitute hindrance to any Nigerian.”
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.
Among those who are eying the Labour Party governorship ticket and have secured the Nomination Forms are: Major General Lincoln Jack Ogunewe (retd), Senator Athan Achonu, Martin Agbaso, Barr Humphrey Anumudu, Chief Joseph Ukaegbu, Dr Tochi J.Ehirim, Rt Hon Ike Ibe, Rt Hon Kelechi Nwagwu, Dr Basil Maduka, Engr Chinedu Amadi, AIG Charles Agomuo (retd), Capt David Mbamara and Chief C.Ishiguzo.