Nollywood actor and chieftain of the Labour Party, Kenneth Okonkwo, has claimed that some members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) stole public funds to purchase the party’s nomination forms.
Naija News reports that Kenneth made this known on Monday during an interview on AIT’s morning show, ‘Kakaaki.’
According to him, he had reeled out the failures of APC before announcing his exit from the party.
Kenneth Okonkwo stated he never agreed to pay the ruling party’s nomination fee because it was a result of corrupt tendencies.
The actor who announced his exit from APC in July questioned why aspirants would be asked to pay a nomination fee that their salaries cannot even cover within four years.
He said: “I’ve already ruled out the failures of APC so I rejected APC when I was in APC. I never agreed to pay their nomination fee because I believed that it was a result of corrupt tendencies.
“For you to tell a man to pay a nomination fee an amount that four years of his salary cannot cover and you are telling me you are fighting corruption, which corruption? Why do you think people are stealing 109 billion Naira in an APC-led government, the person that is supposed to guard it, they need to have such money because even if you want to contest, they’ll be asking you for billions to contest.
“So I rejected APC while I was in APC but you have to wait for an alternative, for another option, that will accommodate your own beliefs and remember, I resigned from APC before talking about any other party and when I saw a new Nigeria about to emerge from Labour Party, what I have prayed, what I wished for.
“It was only natural that I gravitated around it and that was what happened. So I was very sentimentally attached to the redemption of this country and I really thought that APC was going to provide that”
Buhari Borrowed Us Into Bondage
Kenneth also expressed concern over the level of borrowing in the current administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The actor lamented that the government had borrowed to the point where debt cannot even be serviced by the entire revenue.
In his word: “When President Muhammadu Buhari was a military head of state, you know what happened? He was paying our debt with crude oil and people said he maintained his own salary. Look at what is happening now. He has borrowed us into bondage, their debt cannot even be serviced by the entire revenue.”