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PDP in financial difficulties to fund Atiku, APC alleges

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Toyin Subair

All Progressives Congress (APC) has alleged that the main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar is encountering difficulties to raise cash to fund his campaign.

According to The Nation reports, APC urged anti-graft agencies to monitor closely the inflow of money so that illegal money is not channelled into the campaign.

Similarly, the Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has also described the Strategy meeting of the PDP in Dubai as a jamboree, which is lacking in logic, and commitment to solving Nigeria’s problems.

APC Deputy National Publicity Secretary Yekini Nabena, in a statement, said: ”The presidential candidate 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 PDP leaders to prosecute the presidential campaign.”

“The party leaders are therefore in serious difficulties and dilemma on how to source funds to run the Atiku Presidential Campaign. Some financers of the party expect that the candidate…, 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.

“The anti-corruption agencies should gird their loins and ensure that all sources of campaign fund by the political parties are closely monitored and recover the funds looted during the Jonathan Era. Such recovered funds should be applied for the benefits of the poor masses that were denied democracy benefits during the 16years misrule of the PDP.

“It is now clear to the members of the PDP who were deceived into believing that their presidential candidate is a man of stupendous wealth that it is all a mirage, a 419 packaging and that they entered a ‘one chance’ bus.

“As we approach February 2019 when elections will be held in Nigeria, the electorate are becoming more conscious and aware of the deceitful nature of their so-called leaders. Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the PDP, is nationally known as a man of immense wealth. Apart from his being a retired officer of the Department of Customs & Excise not above the rank of Deputy Director, and not known to have been an exceptionally successful businessman, his claims to stupendous wealth and source are questionable and lack credibility.”

“The Nigerian electorate has a better alternative— to stick to the clean, honest and transparent leadership of Muhammadu Buhari GCFR who has done so much to ensure better future for them after the 16 years misrule of the PDP.”

Meanwhile, the Atiku Media Office has dismissed the allegations saying no amount of propaganda and lies would stop the former Vice President from being elected president in 2019. It said the elections would not be determined by money power.

The Media Adviser to the former Vice President, Paul Ibe, dismissed the APC’s insinuation, saying the 2019 presidential election will not be about money but the supreme will of the people.

Ibe said: “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 vote.

“Atiku Abubakar will be elected as President by Nigerians in February 2019 notwithstanding the machinations of the APC-led administration.”

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