2003 Election: PDP, Atiku suffers major setback as controversy trails campaign funding
There is uproar in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Campaign council ahead of the 2023 general elections following indications that inadequate funding is currently causing controversy.
A southwest PDP chieftain who spoke to Newsmen said he’s not surprised that funding has come up for mention, saying the presidential candidate of the party, Atiku Abubakar, deserves to be blamed for the issue.
He said there have been complaint that Atiku is unwilling to release money for campaigns as against his promise in the presence of some governors that he had billions of naira to prosecute his campaign.
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“Some governors are not sure of their chances and are reluctant to open the purse. This might change in the weeks ahead, though.”
He added that the presidential candidate wants to start releasing money towards the end of the campaign.
“He is learning from the experience of 2019. He lost that election, but he is probably wiser now. What I can’t say is whether things will pan out differently this time. He has told those close to him that he will release money at the appropriate time.”
Deputy National Youth Leader of the PDP, Timothy Osadolor, also told Newsmen that Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has been up and doing, funding the campaign council in the state.
As it were, the governors of Rivers, Oyo, Abia, Benue, and Enugu states—Nyesom Wike, Seyi Makinde, Okezie Ikpeazu, Samuel Ortom, and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, respectively—are likely to channel their states’ resources to help one another given their determination to stay away from the Atiku/Okowa campaign council.