By Ola Ajayi
IBADAN — LEADING governorship aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party in Oyo State, yesterday, described as scandalous the N15.5 million expression of interest fee imposed by both the state and the national secretariat of the party, fearing that the high fee could force some of them to drop their ambitions.
When Vanguard spoke with some of them, they described the mandatory fee as ‘unrealistic and outrageous’.
Three of the aspirants, Professor Taoheed Adedoja, Professor Soji Adejumo and Mr. Kehinde Olaosebikan, took exception to the fees, saying the party could have allowed aspirants to express their intention without any impediments on their ways.
Adedoja, who addressed party supporters in his Ikolaba residence, yesterday, said the fee would definitely disenfranchise many aspirants.
According to him, “raising intention fee from N1 million to N15.5 million is definitely outrageous, which will discourage many intending participants at all levels from the governorship to the State House of Assembly.”
He said it became necessary to call the attention of the party leadership to it in view of the fact that another N10 million payment awaited aspirants at the national level.
To him, the high fee would discourage party members who had brilliant ideas from contributing to governance in the state.
Adedoja who spoke through his media consultant, Jide Kolade, said, “There are other legitimate means of raising funds for the party in the state, but certainly not tied to intention fees of various elective positions.