With several declarations and purchases of the All Progressive Congress presidential nomination form, many have raised the question of what the party intends to do with the funds raised from the forms priced at N100 million.
N100m: What APC plans to do with the presidential form profits
With about 26 reported purchases, the APC is estimated to have gathered about N2.6 billion.
A former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Yekini Nabena, has disclosed how the party would use the profits realized from the sales of its expression of interest and Presidential nomination forms.
Speaking with reporters, the APC chieftain said, unlike the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, the APC would not use the government’s money in running its affairs.
Nabena stressed that N100 million of APC’s nomination forms would not encourage corruption, contrary to widespread speculations.
According to Nabena: “You should understand that corruption is not measured by that, even those that have some money like N5, 000 and N10, 000 are even more corrupt, you understand; you can’t measure N100 million as if it’s corruption.
“Even the smaller people like the civil servants with a salary of N40, 000 are even more corrupt than the wealthy people; you can’t use that as a measurement for corruption.
“Running a political party is not rice and beans; we can’t go to the government to demand money, so we use the money from the forms to run the party.
“The adverts we do in the media daily, do you know how much it costs us? So where do you think we get the money from? How do we sustain the party? So, we can’t measure corruption based on what people are saying.
“Don’t look at it from that point; if you are looking for corrupt people, you should go to the civil service, where you will see the corrupt elements. What about people who can’t pay such an amount and are given appointments and they are corrupt? If you are born a witch, you are a witch; if you are wicked, it will be in you. So, we should not use this N100 million to describe anybody as corrupt.
“Some of them have not participated or contributed since 2014 till now; look at Bakare, has he contributed or participated in the party? Has he contributed in any way to the party? And now he wants to be the party’s flagbearer; you people should also look at this from a different point.
“The money we are returning to the people, the adverts we are running, where do you think we get the money from? Do you think we are like PDP that will dip our hands into the government’s purse? This is the difference between PDP and APC; we return the money to the people,” he claimed.
With about 24 reported purchases, the APC is estimated to have gathered about N2.4 billion. However, an observed trend, amongst other campaign strategies of the election season, is the purchase of these forms by groups and not the aspirants themselves.
While most aspirants have accepted the forms offered them, former president of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, has outrightly rejected the APC form presented to him by a northern group.
While many aspirants enjoy the benevolence of supporting groups, APC presidential hopeful, Adamu Garba, has struggled to raise N100 million for his form, despite opening up his campaign for crowdfunding. However, in a press statement, released on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, he disclosed he has dropped out of the presidential race after raising N83 million
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