The National Chairman of the Labour Party, Julius Abure, has disclosed that an amount of N10 million has been generated from the party’s campaign website.
Naija News reports that Abure told Punch that the party didn’t really get the response that was expected from Nigerians concerning donations towards the party’s campaign from the website.
He said the response called for an appeal for more people to make donations through the party’s campaign website to support it.
The Labour Party national chairman noted that perhaps the party needs to organize more fundraising activities to get more Nigerians to get involved in this project.
Abure observed that the party needs the support of Nigerians, either in cash or in kind, adding that there are needs for T-shirts, campaign materials, and volunteers and that those who cannot give money or materials can volunteer themselves as party agents and canvassers.
He said “Well, the account is everywhere. It is online. It was made public for people to make donations, and from time to time, we have always published the statement of account. As it stands today, what we have in the account is about N10 million. We didn’t really get the response that was needed from Nigerians but we believe that perhaps we need to appeal to people more.
“Perhaps we need to organise more fundraising activities to get more Nigerians to get involved in this project. We have always maintained that one of the major reasons the PDP and APC have failed is because money bags control the two political parties, and they say “he who pays the piper dictates the tune.
“Therefore, those who finance the parties sit in the background and give you leaders who will dance to their tunes, and that is why we believe that the country has not been able to perform. We have leaders who have loyalty not to the country or the party but to those who have sponsored them for office. They act as conduits to siphon off public funds.
“That is why we are canvassing an alternative. That is why we have opened the Labour Party’s political space for the people to own, fund, and claim ownership of it so they can dictate what happens in the party. We still need the support of Nigerians, either in cash or in kind. We need T-shirts, campaign materials, and volunteers. Those who cannot give us money or materials can volunteer themselves as party agents and canvassers. We will gladly appreciate whatever role they can play. Democracy is of the people and driven by the people.”