The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has revealed that it will take at least 100 years, for a Nigerian professor to save funds to buy the presidential forms of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The union also revealed that it will take a Nigerian professor 40 years to gather money to obtain the presidential forms of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
ASUU made these revelations on Saturday.
MOUTHPIECE NGR had reported that the APC presidential forms were sold for N100million.
While the presidential forms of the PDP were sold for N40million.
The union has expressed dissatisfaction with the high cost of presidential forms, meant to deny competent ones chance to be at the corridor of power.
It also revealed that the inflation of the cost of obtaining the presidential forms will give only looters upper hands.
The Chairman of the union at the University of Ibadan, Professor Ayoola Akinwole, via a statement aimed at commemorating the June 12 anniversary, affirmed that the inflation of the cost of presidential forms is a way of keeping power in the hand of the looters.
The professor has via a statement made available to newsmen, revealed that the 23 years of democratic rule have been characterized by dashed hopes and empty promises
Akinwole 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.”