Aspirants for the Edo State governorship election under Labour Party have described the N30 million fee for the form as “outrageously ridiculous.”
In a chat with journalists on Sunday at the state capital, Benin, one of the aspirants, Dr Egbe Omorodion, stated that all the aspirants want to have a meeting on Monday.
The aspirants are agitating for a slash of the price of the form to N15 million, which is one of the agenda to be discussed in the meeting tomorrow.
According to him, if the Labour Party could reduce the fees for Imo State to N15m, then the same should be done for Edo State.
Recall that Labour Party’s ticket for Edo State would pay N30 million for nomination and expression of interest forms. The party also fixed February 22 for the conduct of the primary election.
“I, as an aspirant, am saying that this amount is outrageously ridiculous.
“I see the move as a strategy to stifle the voices of those who joined LP with a genuine desire to serve the Edo people.
“If the party’s leadership reduced the fee to N15 million for the Imo election, why can’t it do the same for the Edo election?”
“My appeal is that I don’t think my voice and those of others who believe in my project should be muted by this huge amount.
“A good number of aspirants and supporters may become disgruntled and may just take a walk if the party leadership refuses to budge,” Omorodion said.
He added that the state could be robbed of imminently qualified persons if the fee is not reduced.
He added, “Edo people may be denied the opportunity of my dream and desires to take the state to the next level.”
“Yes, other aspirants are also dissatisfied with the fee. We will be meeting on Monday.
The LP Chairman, UK chapter added, “Hopefully, we will be able to come up with a position on the matter.”