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Campaign Finances: Oby Ezekwesili Declares Account




Erstwhile presidential candidate of Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Oby Ezekwesili, has made public details of her campaign finances.

This comes following an inquest by the National Chairman of the party, Ganiyu Galadima into how the funds for the campaign were utilized.

Galadima had threatened to drag Ezekwesili to court if all the money generated during her short stay in the party was not accounted for.

According to him, “We want to know all the contents of the accounts and see the accounts because at the end of the day, it is not the presidential candidate that the Independent National Electoral Commission will hold responsible, but the party, and whatever any candidate generated for his or her campaign belongs to the party. We are expecting that she will respond at the appropriate time but if she doesn’t, we may be compelled to go to court,” he said.

Declaring her campaign account showing the income and expenditure between October 1, 2018, and February 2, 2019, Ezekwesili spent around N48 million in a space of five months.

This is according to a statement issued by the spokesperson of the Obiageli Ezekwesili Presidential Campaign Organisation, Ozioma Ubabukoh who said the former presidential aspirant withdrew from the race in a bid to build a viable coalition.

The statement reads:

“This decision followed extensive consultations with leaders from various walks of life across the country over the past few days.

“I deem it necessary for me to focus on helping to build a veritable coalition to ensure a viable alternative to the #APCPDP in the forthcoming elections.”

The breakdown published on Ezekwesili’s campaign website show she raised N48,957,416.00, $17,645.00, and £200 between October 1, 2018, and February 2, 2019.

During the period of the campaign, Ezekwesili spent over N12 million on travels, N10.6 million on media and publicity, and another N15.3 million on “campaign mobilization fees, meeting and logistics costs”.

Printing of campaign posters and other materials cost the campaign a total ₦ 1,222,920.00, the breakdown shows.

Ezekwesili said the amounts of ₦2,435,609.81, $12,634.50, £200.00 are left in the campaign bank account.

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