The Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Muhammadu Buhari has announced that he has received over N54m in donations from Nigerians to fund his campaign.
APC Presidential candidate receives N54M worth of donations
Buhari said that a total sum of N54, 415,386.70 had so far been received as donations through direct deposit and sale of cards.
The former Head of State disclosed this on Tuesday, December 23, during a press briefing in Abuja.
Buhari said that he had been inspired to seek funds from ordinary citizens after watching the way the campaign of US President Barack Obama was funded.
“My strength mainly is the ordinary people and the N100 they are contributing. It is a lot of money for them but I know they will make the sacrifice especially when I said I am not going to sign the cheque to get even a kobo out of that account,” he said.
“That is why I depend on them. We are taking this idea from what we have seen in the United States when Barack Obama came out to contest, he was a coloured person, the big companies were not for him and so on.”
“But he knew he had foot soldiers, so when he came up with this idea, he was able to finance his campaign without looking for money-bags or anybody influential. So, he remained independent and was not held hostage by anybody. And this is what I want to achieve,” Buhari added.
Meanwhile, President Goodluck Jonathan has also received donations for his campaign amounting to N21.27 billion.
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