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I worked with less than 20% of budget drawn for my presidential campaign activities – Peter Obi
 
By: Abara Blessing Oluchi
Sat, 17 Feb 2024   ||   Nigeria,
 

In the 2023 general elections, Peter Obi, the presidential candidate for the Labour Party, assured on Friday that his support groups and campaign team would provide a transparent account of the donations received for his campaign activities.

Peter Obi who made this known in a post on his X platform, noted that the support of their followers had not only propelled them forward but had also given hope to countless others who remain committed to the journey to a New Nigeria.

"Yesterday, we commenced the public accounting process for Obi-Datti Campaign Funds for the 2023 general elections, starting with the crowdfunding, which was where we asked the general citizens to contribute to our endeavour.

"This process was managed by a Team led by @AishaYesufu. We will go from that to other processes, ensuring that we account to those who supported us either in cash or in kind to assure them that their contributions were properly used for the purpose which it was sought for and they graciously, and in some cases, immeasurably supported us.

"We will also be directing various support groups and bodies that worked for our collective goal of birthing a New Nigeria to do the same by accounting to those who donated to them.

"In addition, as I said immediately after the Supreme Court judgement, that this year 2024, beginning from the end of first quarter, we are going to embark on a Thank You tour to the various places we have been to, in order to physically appreciate our supporters.

"We will also show our donors the very visible success we achieved by the judicious management of their resources despite having less than 20 percent of our budget to work with.

"The generous support of our donors and their unwavering dedication and commitment to the democratic process, which we are committed to, have not gone unnoticed.

"Despite the challenges and obstacles that came our way, they stood strong and played a crucial role in shaping the future of our nation. We assure them that their sincere efforts have made a significant impact on our journey. Undeniably, the political landscape of our nation will never be the same again.

"Our dream of a new nation is now the overwhelming wish our the majority of our compatriots. That dream cannot die.

"The support of our followers has not only propelled us forward but has also given hope to countless others who remain committed to our journey to a New Nigeria which remains POssible," the statement added.

There have been several corruption allegations against the National Chairman of the party, Julius Abure.

There are accusations that the party’s leadership is running its affairs without accountability.

For instance, the National Treasurer of the party, Mrs Oluchi Oparah, on Monday, called on Abure to render an account of party funds amounting to over N3.5billion.

The treasurer alleged that Abure prevented her from exercising her constitutionally assigned role of handling the party’s accounts.

Oparah also insisted that Abure should submit the party's finances to a forensic audit and explain the source of funds used by him to acquire properties in Nigeria and overseas between 2022 and 2023.

 

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