Former governorship aspirant in Oyo state, Rev. Dr Adenike Victor Tade, popularly known as Mama empowerment has joined other well meaning Nigerians to condemn political parties bent on monetizing politics in Nigeria.
Rev. Adenike Tade, while reacting to the state of democracy in Nigeria, faulted the All Progressive Congress, APC and the Peoples Democratic party, PDP, on the prices they placed for the purchase of nomination and interest forms ahead of the 2023 election.
“When the presidential nomination forms are sold for N100 million and N40 million for APC and PDP respectively, how does that promotes democracy in Nigeria?” She said.
Mama empowerment noted that placing such prices on the forms is an invitation for corruption, as elected officers may be forced to steal to recover the money after they get into office.
She added that anybody who has the capacity to mobilise such money, may equally develop greater capacity to steal in multiple folds to recover the money.
Reverend Tade, who described the development as eye sore and a serious bottleneck to the Not to Young Run, said it makes a mockery of the fight against corruption by President Muhammadu Buhari led administration.
Speaking on the effect of the prices on a common man who may has the intention to contest political offices, Reverend Adenike said the prices is extremely high to afford by an average Nigerian.
“Asking them to cough out any of these amounts be it N50 million for governorship or #20million for senatorial seat, or N10m for House of Representatives seat is suicidal.” She added.
She, however, called on the political parties concerned to have a rethink and consider Nigeria and Nigerians first in all their dealings.
Mama empowerment who promised to correct some abnormalities in the Nigerian politics, hinted her supporters on her readiness to change the narrative if given the opportunity.