On Tuesday, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) alleged that the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, and the party are facing serious difficulties raising funds for campaigns.
The National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Yekini Nabena, had stated that due to stringent measures put in place by the President Muhammadu Buhari’s government, the PDP was in a dilemma on how to source funds for Atiku’s Presidential Campaign.
He further noted that information available to him had shown that the PDP’s hope of souring campaign funds from public treasury had be dashed.
He also advised anti-corruption agencies to closely monitor all sources of campaign funds by all political parties.
“The presidential candidate (Atiku) expects the party to provide funds for his campaign. This is the Buhari era, an era of strict accountability and transparency in the use and application of public funds and not the Jonathan era in 2015 when the national treasury was opened to the PDP leaders to prosecute the presidential campaign.
“The party leaders are therefore in serious difficulties and dilemma on how to source funds to run Atiku’s presidential campaign.
“Some financiers of the party expect that the candidate, having bought the ticket with millions of dollars, should have the financial capacity to run his campaign.
“With the candidate’s expectation that it is the party that will fund his campaign, it is now clear that they are at a crossroads and the chickens have come home to roost.”
Nabena further advised Nigerians to stick to Buhari as he is the only option for a better future.
Mr. Paul Ibe, Atiku’s spokesman, in his response to Nabena however noted that the 2019 election would not be about money but the supreme will of Nigerians.
“Nothing can stop an idea whose time has come. Nothing can stop the zeal of Nigerians to elect the president of their choice.
“This election will not be won by money or lies or propaganda or intimidation but by the supreme will of the Nigerian people as expressed in their votes.
“Atiku Abubakar will be elected as president by Nigerians in February 2019 notwithstanding the machinations of the APC-led administration.”