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Slash Nomination Fees, Edo Gov Aspirants Tell LP



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Ahead of the commencement of the sale of Expression of Interest and Nomination forms, 18 aspirants for the Edo State Governorship on the platform of the Labour Party have appealed to the National Working Committee of the party to reduce the fees for the forms.

Four aspirants led by Egbe Omorodion had earlier this week called for the reduction of the price but the party stated that the governorship was for serious aspirants.

The NWC of the party had pegged the Expression of Interest and Nomination forms at N5 million and N25 million, respectively.

The aspirants, after a meeting on Thursday, recommended in a statement that the Expression of Interest form should be made free for all aspirants, while the Nomination Form should be obtained at a cost that does not exceed N1 million to N5 million, with 50 per cent reduction for women and people living with disabilities.

They noted that the party members at the grassroots, who have selflessly sacrificed and toiled and put their effort and resources into building the party, should not be compelled to pay for delegate forms, especially in light of the current economic reality in our country.

They added, “The Labour Party is known to the people as the party of “Mama, Papa, Pikin” and the Workers Party. The minimum wage in Nigeria for an average Nigerian worker today is N35,000.00.

“To peg the party forms for governorship at a price that is 100 times a Nigerian worker’s minimum wage in the midst of crushing economic hardship may be perceived as tone-deaf.

“The Labour Party prides itself as being a party of equal opportunity, which implies that an average worker with vision, requisite qualifications, and character should aspire to be the Governor of Edo State.

They lamented that the party’s repetition of high nomination fees in Edo State, despite past criticisms and reductions, suggests a disconnect with the concerns of its members.

“Our vision for the Labour Party is rooted in earnest labour, voluntary service, and equal opportunity, which should be reflected in the affordability of party forms.”

The aspirants said they understand the financial challenges the party may face and, therefore, proposed enforcing mandatory prescribed membership monthly dues collections as per the party’s constitution to address this concern.

The aspirants are Efosa Ogieriakhi, Michael Oshiobugie, Hon. Lucky Obiyan, Dr. Loretta Oduwa Ogbor-Okor, Stephen Ogbemudia Osemwengie, Paul Obazele, Dr. Aruna Braimoh Denzel, Dr. Okhaimon Matthews and Engr. Morrison Eghobamien.

Others are Barrister Olumide Osaigbovo Akpata, Kingsley Ulinfun, Ehizojie Ohiowele, Dr.Osezua Ehiyamen, Azemhe Azena, Ihueghian Guobadia, Ernest Abegbe, Princess Asha Emily Okojie-Odigie and Ogbemudia Bassey Osagie.

The National Publicity Secretary of the Labour Party, Mr Obiora Ifoh, announced that the sale of Expression of Interest and Nomination forms to aspirants for the Edo State governorship election will begin today, Thursday, January 25.

The Independent National Electoral Commission announced that the Edo governorship election will be held on September 21, 2024.

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