Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) has violated the Section 91(9) of the INEC Act 2010 (as amended).
This INEC Act focuses on the finance for a campaign.
This section of this Act states that the contribution by any individual or group to any candidate’s campaign should not be more than 1million naira.
The APC placed their Expression of Interest and Nomination Form at 45 million naira. President Buhari was quoted as saying that he does not have such money to buy the forms.
However, a support group of the President Nigeria Consolidation Ambassadors Network (NCAN) has contributed 45 million to purchase the form for Mr. Buhari while he is away in China for the Forum for Africa-China Corporation (FOCAC) 2018.
Excerpt on the 2010 Act (amended) can be seen below;
43.Q. Is there a limit to the amount an individual can
give as financial support to any aspirant or candidate?
Ans. Yes. According to the Electoral Act 2010, as amended, no individual shall donate more than N1,000,000 (One Million Naira) to any aspirant or candidate. (INEC Website)
As political parties prepare for their primaries, candidates have started purchasing forms for Expression of Interest and Nomination forms to contest in the 2019 general elections.
The two major political parties released the prices for their forms with the All Progressives Congress (APC) placing theirs at very high marks. The Presidential candidacy forms cost 45 million naira.