Bishops and Imams are asking the All Progressives Congress (APC) to waive the N100 million nomination fee for their members.
According to the clergymen, one of their own was the first to declare interest to contest for the presidency adding that the APC should waive the N100 million for their candidate.
The Imams and Bishops said that one of their members, Moses Ayom, was one of the first to declare for the Presidency under APC adding that waiving the N100 million for the nomination form and the expression of interest forms will help his aspiration.
It was gathered that the presidential declaration and onward presentation to the TIV traditional council was an event said to have been sponsored by the Imams and the Bishops
Speaking under the auspices of Middle Belt Interfaith Clerics Association of Nigeria, the the Imams and the Bishops, during a courtesy call on the National Chairman of the APC, Sen Abdullahi Adamu, pleaded that it is impossible for any of their members to raiseN100 million for the nomination and the expression of interest forms.
Leading the delegation, the Director-General of the Interfaith Association, Bishop Edward Williams Chanomi said: “We the Interfaith body wishes to use this same medium to request through the intervention of your good office, that as you have given the Women and the Physically Challenged Aspirants Waivers, that you will also in the spirit of love give to men and women aspirants who are Clerics of all faith, waivers to enable them to exercise constitutional rights without inhibitions.”
“We want to present to you with particular interest, one of our colleague’s clerics who is a presidential aspirant in the person of Rev Moses Ayom, who we believe has what it takes to take Nigeria to another level of development.
“We wish to request that you grant him along with other clergy aspirants this unique privilege so that they can also effectively participate in this process without dis-enfranchisement,” the clergy men said adding that Ayom is an international businessman, who has been honoured with the title: “Outstanding Advocate of China/Nigeria Relations awarded to him by the Chinese government.
“As clerics, we are charitable and non-profit organizations from the two leading religions in the country. We reiterate that as many clerics who are members of APC be given free tickets to run for any elective posts in the forthcoming elections in 2023.”
The clerics who said they carry out an extensive research which led to the discovery of Ayom as a good material for the presidency in 2023.
“We are elated to inform you, sir, that we were the very first to do thorough research and find a true Nigerian, Rev. Moses Ayom whom we found to be very qualified to be the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“Some months ago, a delegation of Christian Bishops came to prevail on a true Nigerian Rev. Moses Ayom whom we believe to be one of the best choices to be elected the president of Nigeria. Shortly after, a delegation of Muslim Clerics of Imams also came with the same message to him, this gave birth to the Interfaith council who have been going around the country to canvas support for this our preferred candidate. The South East/South-South youths, women and the physically challenged also endorsed Ayom for the presidency,” the group said adding that Ayom, is an international businessman who signed the $1.2 billion mining equipment deal with the World’s largest manufacturer of mining equipment, China’s SBM,” reports say.
The clerics had said that they had to embark on fasting and special prayers for God to reveal to them the person who would take Nigeria away from the path of extinction adding that at the end of their search, Moses Ayom was revealed.
On his part, Ayom had been consistent on the disadvantages of imposing exorbitant fees on aspirants to political offices.
Ayom has in a TV show, said the N21 million charged as nomination fee for the position of APC chairmanship was too high.
Ayom who had charged the Abdullahi Adamu-led NWC to make the nomination fee for women and physically challenged free of charge and added that the disadvantaged group should be supported.
Ayom is the President/ CEO of Federal Housing Authority- KETTI investment and Development company, which District was recently revalidated by the Federal Executive Council (FEC).
Ayom had equally spoken on the need for the APC leadership to heed the advice of President Muhammadu Buhari that the ticket of the party should not be given to the highest bidder.
The presidential aspirant, who currently holds the title of Ozo Igbo Ndu 1 from the South East, said the N100 million nomination fee has already taken the contest far above the reach of many APC aspirants who had a genuine interest and better plans and commitment for the upliftment of the country.
“With the fixing of N100 million fee for the presidential nomination form, it is obvious that only the money bags would aspire while other potential good leaders have been blocked,” Ayom added.
“APC First, the new and re-branded Adamu-led National Working Committee of the APC must be seen to be in strict compliance with global finance and economy bearing in mind that the World is still crumbling and has not fully recovered from the Covid-19 damage. Indeed places like Shanghai are still battling with another lockdown.”