Dr. Abubakar Alkali, presidential hopeful and only chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) nursing the ambition to challenge President Mohammadu Buhari for the ticket of the ruling party has jettisoned the dream, citing the “outrageous cost of the forms”.
He told journalists in Abuja that he is resting his ambition to contest the primaries and ticket of the party because cost of the forms were outrageous, and did not portray the nation’s democracy in good light.
Although belated, Alkali, an oil and gas consultant urged the leadership of APC to do something about the cost of nomination forms, saying the cost has negated the ‘Not To young To Run’ bill recently signed to law by Mr President.
His words:” I’m here to announce my withdrawal from the contest for the office of the president and the reasons for the withdrawal are not far fetched. One of the reasons is that the APC has picked president Muhammadu Buhari as its sole consensus candidate for the 2019 general election, and as a loyal party member, I have to go by the rule and dictate of the party and that is the why I am aligning fully and totally with the position of our great party, and I fully support the decision to pick Mr. President as a consensus candidate of our great party.
“I also want to use this opportunity to say my mind regarding the cost of the nomination form which I will say is outrageous, which also is another reason I withdrew.
“I think the cost of the form is outrageous and also do not depicts the ethics of our democracy. Actually, the cost of this form to me broke sincere and genuine aspirants from aspiring for the office and are not in tandem with the maxim of the ‘NotTooYoungToRun’ movement, and a lot of the youths who have sincere concern for this country cannot afford this outrageous cost.
“I appeal to our party, going forward to look at this issue very seriously.”
Alkali holds PhD in Petroleum Engineering from Robert Gordon University (RGU) Aberdeen among other academic qualifications.