Academic Staff Union of Universities has stated that it will take a Nigerian professor 100 years to be able to purchase presidential form of APC and PDP.
Newsonline reports that ASUU Chairman at the University of Ibadan, Professor Ayoola Akinwole, who stated this in his June 12 statement said the high price of the presidential forms of the two major political parties is a strategy adopted by politicians to ensure looting continues in the country.
Professor Ayoola said no Nigerian professor can be able to purchase the presidential form of the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, or the opposition Peoples Democratic party, PDP, without saving for 40 years to 100 years.
Professor Ayoola said it was time Nigerians and youth took over the affairs of the country from the corrupt politicians who have no plan for the country.
He said, “It is a strategy of handing over the country to those individuals who have looted the country in the past. If this practice goes unchallenged, Nigerians are in for not just another regime of poor governance but that of extreme corruption and looting.
“It will take a Nigerian Professor who earns N416,000 per month but saves 20percent of his salary over 100years to be able to purchase the presidential nomination form of the ruling party and over 40years to buy the form of the main opposition party.
“Given the level of prevailing level of corruption and loss of hope in the future, political leaders in Nigeria have shown lack of willingness and capacity and the capacity to protect lives and properties and they have successfully failed in promoting productive activities that can boost the Nigerian economy.
“Until we improve our economic situation democracy will not prosper. The only antidote to this is to have large percentage of middle class sufficient to support democracy. Build public institutions instead of giving money to people. No amount of money freely given will ever eradicate poverty in Nigeria.”
Newsonline had reported that the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, sold its presidential interest declaration form at N100 million, while the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, sold its own to aspirants at N45 million.
The body of university lecturers has been on industrial action, strike, for four months over unfulfilled agreement it had with the Federal government in 2009.