Chairman of APC, John Odigie-Oyegun, has dismissed calls for the probing of campaign funds used by the party during last year’s general election. Many Nigerians feel the EFCC should also probe the sources of APC’s campaign funds – which runs into billions of Naira – just as it is currently investigating that of the main opposition party Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
According to Premium Times, Oyegun dismissed the call at “The Encounter with Constance Ikowu,” a programme on WEFM yesterday May 26th.
“You are comparing apples and grapes. It is the people’s money. You can’t use the money of the people to run parties and so the APC today is suffering from that basic correct policy decision. But campaign funds cannot come from the monies that belong to the generality of Nigerians. Individuals can donate, and companies can donate subject to limits that the law provides. We are not touching those. But where you take monies meant for positioning troops in the North East to fight against Boko Haram to fund parties (and) the most recent when you take our crude, gave unregistered crude to exporters, repatriate the proceeds and use them to finance your political campaigns that is wrong. That is impunity at its worst. So they are not comparable.”
Oyegun revealed that there are some APC governors that are presently under investigations
“As at today, of course there are APC governors and ex governors that are under investigation, maybe not in respect or specifically campaign funds but there are. The basic principle is, impunity must be removed from the system and wherever the tree falls, so let it be! I am sure that if that happens, the kind of president that we have will look the other way. Normal process must take its course,” he said.