Compel PDP to publish list of N21Bln campaign fund donors, APC tells INEC

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has challenged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to prevail on the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to make public the list of those who donated N21 billion to its campaign funds and the source of such money – in accordance with the Electoral Act.

Deputy National Chairman Senator Lawal Shuaibu told reporters at his Abuja home that the law does not allow anybody to take government money on political campaign, pointing out that if a governor takes money from a state’s account and donates same to campaign funds, INEC has the responsibility to sanction the PDP for that and even prosecute such a person.

He said the Electoral Act makes it mandatory for persons donating money to campaign funds to make public the source of such funds, adding that such funds will not come in sacks or bags, but will come in form of funds transfer, cheques or bank draft.

He said: “If the Independent National Electoral  Commission is serious about enforcing the provisions of the Electoral Act, the first thing they will do is to ensure that every member of the PDP who pledged a donation at the find raising, the receipt is produced by the party and the individual or organisation must show INEC the source of the money.

“This is the law and the Electoral Act is very clear about this. When a governor says he has donated N1 billion, it must not be from government coffers. INEC knows that the governor has no right to take the people’s money and donate.

“The National Chairman of the party Muazu said part of that money will be used to complete the national secretariat and the rest will be used for campaign at all levels. There is provision in the laws that says you can use government money meant for developmental projects for political campaign.

“So, the party should show us the receipt issued to each donor by the party and let us see the accounts of the PDP because such money cannot come in bags and sacks, but through some instruments.

“We must know the source of that money. If comes from government account, government has responsibility to sanction the PDP or prosecute the person who stole government money for political campaigns. In our own case, we intend to do fund raising, which is going to be very transparent. Whoever donates money, we will publish it so that the whole world will see.”

Shuaibu said many Nigerians were donating to the campaign funds of Gen. Muhammadu Bihari. “People are making donations through that website and through the account number provided. Like I said,we are going to publish everything because we want to make our source of funding as transparent as Nigerians may not even have expected because we are talking about change. We want to change systems and the practices and what has been the norm,” Shuaibu said.

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