Obi’s supporters funding own activities – Labour Party
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The Labour Party says the supporters of its presidential candidate, Mr Peter Obi, have been funding their mobilisation activities, including the One Million March, by themselves. It stressed that the party would not exceed the limits set by the Electoral Act.
The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Abayomi Arabambi, told Sunday PUNCH in a telephone interview on Friday that some supporters, popularly known as Obidients, contributed N100 per person to raise funds for the One Million March in different states, adding that in some instances, well-meaning Nigerians assist with refreshments.
He dismissed allegations that Obi was seeking financial support for his campaign from Nigerians in diaspora, noting that the candidate only travelled to engage Nigerians and encourage them to invest in the country.
He added, “First, I must debunk the allegation from the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party that Obi went abroad soliciting funds. We have never solicited any funds from abroad. Rather, he was marketing Nigeria to those in the diaspora.
“Peter Obi went abroad to inform Nigerians that there shall be a new Nigeria and they should come with Foreign Direct Investments and not only remittances they send to their family members back home. He also told them he would build local industries and that Nigeria would be a producing nation rather than a consuming nation, which the APC and PDP have reduced Nigeria to since 1999.”
Speaking on how the party intends to fund its campaign, Arabambi stated, “For our campaign, the funding strategy has even evolved organically. Let me give you an example, our Obidient Movement in Nigeria contributed N100. That has been the source of funding for all our Obidient ‘one million march’ rallies across the country. During the rally, some food sellers give food and bottles of water or drinks and people are supporting us, which shows they have confidence in Peter Obi.