By Bishop Oyoyo
Ahead of next month’s presidential election, President Muhammadu Buhari, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has disclosed that there was no money from government’s treasury for use in his presidential campaigns.
The president made this known, yesterday in a statement signed by Garba Shehu, his senior special assistant on Media and Publicity. He reiterated his commitment to eliminate corruption in campaign financing in the country, pledging that he will not authorise the use of any money from the treasury for his re-election campaign.
The president while speaking at the close of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, directed cabinet ministers to rather take advantage of technology to reach out to voters on the need to return the APC administration to victory in this year’s general elections that begins next month.
“As political parties spread their ideologies and views to every nook and corner of the country, the issue of cash payment to voters and its corrupting influence in electioneering has once again become a topical issue.
“Try and use text and multi-media messages to seek votes for the party and government. There is no money from the treasury for use in the campaigns. I will not authorize that,” the president said.
President Buhari also declared that the APC-led administration had a clear development agenda, best suited to take Nigeria forward and sustain economic development.
‘‘This message needs to be taken to all Nigerians but we cannot use money from the treasury to share out to prospective voters.
Nigerians want change and we alone can deliver that change. Our people can no longer be swayed by money politics,’’ he said.
Buhari further used the occasion, which was a valedictory session for the Minister of State, Foreign Affairs, Hajiya Khadija Bukar Abba Ibrahim, to wish the minister success in her electoral contest.
The minister had signified her desire to leave the cabinet, in line with existing regulations, to run for a legislative seat in her native Yobe State.