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We spent N744.5m on litigation, received N595.9m from Nigerians – Obi-Datti Campaign gives account

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The Obi/Baba-Ahmed Presidential Campaign Organisation has revealed that it expended more than N744,500,000.00 (seven hundred and forty-four million, five hundred thousand naira) in legal battles in courts concerning the 2023 presidential election. Additionally, the organization disclosed receiving donations amounting to N595,976,994.00 from Nigerian citizens. Aisha Yesufu, Chairperson of the Fundraising Team of the Campaign Organisation, shared these details during a presentation on fundraising reports.

She emphasized the significance of accountability and transparency, underscoring the need to explain how the donated funds were utilized. Yesufu expressed gratitude to all donors, both in monetary and non-monetary contributions. From the donations received from citizens, the organization amassed N595,976,994. The candidate himself, Peter Obi, also contributed N8,000,000.00.

The campaign strategy included channeling support for Peter Obi and Datti Ahmed through various support groups across Nigeria’s 36 states. Media campaigns were deployed, reaching over 11 million individuals through 40 radio stations, community outreach, and social media platforms.

Limited financial resources led to a strategic approach in utilizing funds. Campaign materials worth N258,374,330.00 were procured and distributed nationwide, along with N16,432,867.00 allocated for media and radio broadcasting expenses. Election promotion expenses amounted to N10,808,948.00, while N324,381,700.00 was spent on Polling Unit Agents. Additionally, bank charges of N1,750,544.00 and administrative charges of N477,000.00 were incurred.

A significant portion, N744,500,000.00, was allocated to cover legal expenses, while over N28,500,000.00 was expended on campaign and election activities. Yesufu clarified that the candidate himself contributed N800,000,000.00 specifically for legal fees.

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‘Peter Obi hunted by ghost’ – Daniel Bwala on ex-presidential candidate’s threat to dump LP

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Daniel Bwala, a former spokesperson for the Atiku-Okowa presidential campaign council, commented on Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s presidential candidate for the 2023 elections, suggesting that Obi is facing consequences from decisions he made in the past. Bwala’s remarks came after Obi hinted at the possibility of leaving the Labour Party before the 2027 general elections due to unresolved issues within the party.

Obi, a former governor of Anambra State, expressed his unwillingness to remain with the party if ongoing internal conflicts persisted. The Labour Party has been embroiled in leadership disputes between Lamidi Apapa and Julius Abure, as well as ownership controversies involving claims by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).

In response, Bwala highlighted Obi’s dilemma, pointing out that the Social Democratic Party (SDP), which Obi intends to join, does not offer automatic tickets. Bwala suggested that Obi may face challenges winning delegate elections due to his perceived lack of grassroots political support, leaving him in a difficult situation.

Moreover, Bwala noted that influential figures, including a former president, are hesitant to endorse Obi’s move, preferring to support another candidate, possibly Atiku Abubakar, and give him time to reform Nigeria.

Bwala further mentioned that Obi is advised to launch a campaign targeting northern Nigeria and Muslim communities to dispel perceptions of identity politics. Despite Obi’s efforts, concerns exist that international media may find it challenging to rebrand him based on his electoral prospects.

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Additionally, Obi’s core supporters, dubbed the “Obedient” people, have expressed their opposition to any merger that could jeopardize his presidential aspirations, leaving Obi in a difficult situation with limited options.

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Peter Obi introduced two dangerous things into politics – Presidency

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The Presidency has accused Peter Obi, the presidential candidate for the 2023 Labour Party (LP), of introducing what they deem as “two perilous elements” into Nigerian politics during the last elections.

Bayo Onanuga, Special Adviser on Information and Strategy to President Bola Tinubu, asserted that Obi fueled religious and ethnic tensions during the elections.

Onanuga clarified that Tinubu’s administration is currently preoccupied with governance and is not concerned with Obi and his supporters, known as the Obidients.

Speaking on Mic On with Seun Okinbaloye, the presidential aide emphasized that Tinubu’s administration remains steadfast and undistracted in its focus.

He stated, “At present, our attention is devoted to governance, and we are not allowing ourselves to be diverted from our government’s objectives. We are fully occupied, and we’re not even paying attention to them at the moment.”

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Regarding Obi’s campaign, Onanuga noted, “What I observed about Obi’s campaign was that for the first time in a long while in our country, we had a candidate who was inciting ethnic sentiments. That was the trend during that election period. He was inciting ethnic and religious tensions, introducing two hazardous elements into our politics: ethnicity and religion.”

He characterized these actions as detrimental to the political landscape of the country.

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Edo Guber: Ex-Police Chief denies dumping LP for PDP, declares support for Akpata

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A retired Commissioner of Police and the Edo Central Senatorial district leader of the Labour Party, LP, Friday Ibadin, has denied dumping the party for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

DAILY POST reports that the former police chief also denied collapsing the Obidient movement structures to the PDP to help its candidate, Asue Ighodalo win the forthcoming September 21, governorship election in the state.

Ibadin, who declared his full support for the governorship candidate of the party, Mr Olumide Akpata, made the denial while reacting to a viral video where the PDP candidate, Asue Ighodalo in the company of the former Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, Friday Itulah, paid him a visit.

He said the visit was interpreted to mean that he purportedly decided to dump the Labour Party and defect to the PDP to support Ighodalo.

“The lies by the Asue-led delegation have witnessed poor acceptance by the public as they were quick to point at all the various desperate moves by PDP to deceive the enlightened Edo people to accept their candidate, Asue, by parading PDP members as fake Obidients who defected from either Labour Party or Obidient Movement”.

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“Being a traditional man and an in-law to the former Speaker, Hon. Friday Itulah, it is my responsibility to open my doors to any visitor, especially as Hon. Itulah is my in-law, and as a host, my duty was to open my doors to them”, he said.

He stated that he remains a vibrant member of the Labour Party and a follower of the Obidient movement.

Meanwhile, the Coordinator of the Obidient movement in the Edo Central senatorial district, Onohinosen Ibhafidon, has, however, questioned why lies are being used as political tools by the ruling party in the state to deceive the people of the state.

Ibhafidon, who assured that Obidients are united for Olumide Akpata noted that they are above ethnic politics but with eyes focused on good governance.

He, however, urged the PDP to focus on ways to sell their candidate rather than lies and deception which they attempted with Chief Ibadin.

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According to him, Edolites are wiser and only want good and inclusive governance that can deliver unlike what Nigerians are currently experiencing in the hands of APC.

“To confirm the unity of the Obidient movement in the state, and their massive support for the Edo State gubernatorial candidate, Olumide Akpata, the Presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the 2023 general elections, Mr Peter Obi has charged all lovers of good governance to support Akpata so that the state can witness the massive development as being witnessed in Abia State”, he added.

CREDIT: DAILY POST

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