The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) says the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar are currently facing serious difficulties raising campaign funds for the 2019 general elections.
In a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday through its Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, the APC said that due to the stringent measures put in place by the present administration, the main opposition party is in a dilemma on how to source funds to execute Atiku’s presidential campaign.
Nabena said information from the PDP’s recent strategy meeting in Dubai, United Arab Emirates indicated that the opposition party is facing a major setback as Atiku’s hope of getting funding support from governors has been dashed.
“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, 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.
While calling on all the anti-corruption agencies in the country to gird their loins and ensure that all sources of campaign fund by the political parties were closely monitored, the statement added: ““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 general elections will be held in Nigeria, the electorates are becoming more conscious and aware of the deceitful nature of their so-called leaders.
“Alhaji 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 and 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 statement therefore urged the electorate to stick to the clean, honest and transparent leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari whom it said, has done so much towards ensuring a better future for them after the 16 years’ misrule of the PDP.
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