FORMER head of state General Muhammadu Buhari has launched a nationwide fundraising campaign to back his bid to secure the presidential nomination ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
On December 2, the APC will be holding its party summit to determine who will become its presidential flagbearer with general Buhari currently the frontrunner. He is up against former vice president Atiku Abubakar and Imo and Kano State governors Rochas Okorocha and Rabiu Kwankwaso.
To boost his drive to secure the necessary votes, General Buhari has launched a nationwide initiative under which Nigerians are expected to contribute a minimum of N100 (36p) to the campaign fund. Designed to be similar to President Barak Obama’s funding programme, it is expected to raise about N7bn (£25.3m) from some 70m supporters.
Addressing his supporters at a Buhari Support Organisation rally in Abuja yesterday, the former head of state said he decided to buy into the initiative because of the in-built mechanism for ensuring accountability and transparency in its operations. Unlike several of his opponents, General Buhari is not considered rich or affluent.
General Buhari said: “What makes it worthy of praise is the fact that the initiative comes with its in-built mechanism for ensuring acceptability that is also transparency-friendly. If we preach accountability, we should be able to practise it.
Expressing happiness about the support being extended to him by the youth, General Buhari said what the groups had done was to rally support for a common purpose, to salvage the nation. He recalled that a similar initiative was used by President Obama, who rallied the support of the people to provide funds that enabled him to prosecute his campaign.
On Wednesday October 15, General Buhari launched his presidential campaign at Eagle Square Abuja, revealing that he had to take out a bank loan to procure the APC nomination form. He told his supporters that a friendly bank manager loaned him the N25m (£95,000) needed to pay for the form.