2023: Controversy surrounds delay in PDP campaign funding ahead of polls

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  • There have been recurring reports that the People’s Democratic Party cannot fund its 2023 campaign
  • Although party officials have dismissed the rumours, some suggest the party is seriously underfunded
  • However, some say the PDP presidential candidate is wary of upfront spending based on his experience in 2019

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CTF, Abuja A report of Punch The newspaper reports that insufficient funding is currently causing controversy in the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) campaign council ahead of the 2023 general election.

A South West PDP leader quoted in the report said he was not surprised the funding was mentioned, saying the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakardeserves to be blamed for the problem.

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Atiku is said to be taking his time to prevent what happened in 2019 from happening again. Photo credit: @atiku
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His words:

“There have been complaints that Atiku does not want to release money for campaigns. But Atiku once boasted in the presence of some governors that he has billions of naira to pursue his campaign. is why some of them are just watching him and not ready to contribute to his campaign.

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“Some governors are unsure of their chances and reluctant to open the stock exchange. That could change in the coming weeks, however.

While dismissing insinuations that Atiku is probably broke, he added that:

“The presidential candidate wants to start releasing money towards the end of the campaign.

“He’s learning from the experience of 2019. He lost that election, but he’s probably wiser now. What I can’t say is if things will turn out differently this time around. He told those close to him that he would release the money when the time was right.

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Talk to Legit.ng anonymously on the matter, a PDP The leader who sits on one of the leaderships of the party’s campaign council confirmed that there was a lull in activities due to the unavailability of funds.

His words:

“Brother, I won’t lie to you. It’s frustrating and it gets in the way of our work. For example, I used my personal money to take care of the logistics in my direction. We haven’t heard anything from our bosses.

“Everywhere is just quiet. Even with Atiku’s arrival, we hoped things would work out, but it’s been over 24 hours and we haven’t heard anything.

“I’m starting to believe the rumors that he’s broke, although some of our colleagues insist he’s just waiting for the right time to release the funds. Even the governors aren’t available. I really don’t know what that is happening.

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Meanwhile, All Progressives Congress (APC) campaign board member Femi Fani-Kayode alleged that Atiku has ties to terrorists in Nigeria.

The Osun-born politician made the allegation in a tweet on Tuesday, November 8, saying:

“Governor Ortom spoke bitterly of Atiku. Waziri has questions to answer about his ties to the terrorists who slaughtered so many innocent people across the north. Every terrorist has a godfather. Waziri’s ties to the Death Dealers are worth examining.

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For his part, Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim, a former presidential candidate of the APC, warned the presidential candidates of the different political parties against further widening the existing gap and divisions in the country in their race. and their ambition for 2023.

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In a statement sent to Legit.ng Recently, Olawepo-Hashim explained that in the candidates’ quest for power, rather than addressing issues relevant to our nation, the actors have inflamed the passion of tribal and religious prejudices among the citizens.

According to him, supporters of candidates also conduct their campaigns and the marketing of their candidates through intimidation, threats, misinformation and blackmail, without any word of warning from their directors.

Source: Legit.ng

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