ACPN Rejects Ezekwesili’s Financial Report
Trouble still looms for Oby Ezekwesili, former presidential candidate of Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), as the party has demanded a refund of all funds generated during her campaign.
The former minister had who spoke on Wednesday had said the campaign raised N48,957,416.00, $17,645.00, and £200, from October 1, 2018, to February 2, 2019, before she withdrew from the presidential race.
Ezekwesili shocked many people when she announced her decision to withdraw from the 2019 presidential race and support a coalition to unseat the PDP and APC.
However, Ganiyu Galadima, national chairman of the party, while speaking at a press briefing faulted the statement of account presented by Ezekwesili, saying the party “rejects in entirety everything she submitted”.
“We are rejecting everything she submitted in entirety, we want to know all the content of the accounts and see the accounts because at the end of the day it is not the presidential candidate that INEC will hold responsible according to the law but the party, and whatever any candidate generated for his or her campaign belongs to the party,” he said.
“For somebody who wants to contest for the presidency, all you could generate for a period of three months was just N43 million and spent everything by herself. She could not even disclose to the party the sources of the fund and how much she was able to generate.
“We want to know the full disclosure of all the accounts she opened because when you look at the statement she made available there are four different accounts which we didn’t know anything about.
“Look at the Omoyele Sowore, he publicly disclosed on a national TV recently that his campaign has been able to generate about N99 million with the party. In addition, he has also told the world how this money could be traced.
“So why is there no transparency in Madam Ezekwesili’s project? That is the bone of contention. We are expecting that she will respond at the appropriate time but if she doesn’t, we may be compelled to go to court to seek for an order of Mandamus.”