Former presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Oby Ezekwesili, has accounted for “every penny” spent during her campaign which had since retired.
Naija News reports that in a detailed breakdown of income and expenditure, Ezekwesili said the campaign raised N48,957,416.00, $ 17,645.00, and £200, from October 1, 2018, to February 2, 2019.
The former vice-president of the world bank, also revealed that her campaign 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”.
According to her, in total, her campaign spent N46,521,806.19 in running its activities for the 2019 presidential campaign, which was aborted about a month to the eventual poll.
The spokesperson of the Obiageli Ezekwesili Presidential Campaign Organisation, Ozioma Ubabukoh, said via a press statement that she withdrew from the race to build a veritable coalition.
“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,” Ubabukoh had said.
The ACPN, on the other hand, said the former minister of education was only seeking to be finance minister — and never took her campaign seriously.
“The reason for calling this press conference is to let the world know about the presidential aspiration of Dr Oby Ezekwesili, which in actual fact, is not the truth. I have been put into confidence by one of her aide named Iyinoluwa Aboyeji that she only wanted to use the platform of the ACPN to negotiate to be Nigeria’s finance minister,” Ganiyu Galadima, Ezekwesili’s running mate and ACPN chairman, said.
On her part, Ezekwesili said she regrets joining the party, adding that she thought they shared the same values she holds dearly.
This online news platform recalls that Ezekwesili’s former party went on to endorse incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term after her exit from the party.
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