NIGERIAN POLITICS — Who Actually Funded President Buhari’s 2015 Election Campaign?
SATIRE SATURDAY — A fundamental aspect of Nigeria’s party politics and, by extension, her democratic culture that we seem less concerned about is the funding mechanism put in place by political parties to finance party activities and promote their candidates.
With our politics and party administration system largely shrouded in needless opacity, there are too many unanswered questions surrounding how parties and candidates are funded in this clime––most especially during election years.
To my mind, a conscious attempt at dissecting this phenomenon may lead us to one of the major challenges being faced by a few well-meaning public officers in their resolve to engender societal development via pro-people policies and programmes, particularly in the face of influences from shadowy moneybags and other appendages of power.
In the last few months, two major developments have surfaced in the media that prompted this enquiry: exclusive reports by PREMIUM TIMES on the funding of Nigeria’s ruling party, the All Progressives Congress, APC.
On June 9, the APC’s financial report obtained exclusively by PREMIUM TIMES showed that in spite of the huge resources that went into the 2015 electioneering, the then-candidate and later president Muhammadu Buhari, Yemi Osinbajo, Bola Tinubu and other party bigwigs never paid their levies in all of that year.