Falana blasts Buhari over presidential form ‘loan’

Femi Falana

Senior lawyer, Femi Falana, has faulted the decision of a presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Muhammad Buhari, to take out a bank loan to purchase his party’s intent form for the presidential race.

Mr. Falana spoke on Thursday in Abeokuta at the 2014 Press Week of the Paramount F.M chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Ogun State Council, on the topic, Current Security Challenges; Implications For 2015 Election.

“That action of taking bank loan is indefensible. I have condemned it and political parties should do something about that. If you are obtaining loans for forms, what about elections? Elections cost billions in Nigeria and that should be discouraged,” Mr. Falana said.

He enjoined Nigerians to shun ethnic, religious and other primordial sentiments in voting in candidates.

He said what Nigerians should look out for are qualities that will fix roads, reduce poverty and deal with insecurity issue.

Similarly, Mr. Falana charged the media not to extend undue favour to any candidate or political party. He said their report should also be issue based, while more effort should be directed at fighting corruption.

Mr. Falana stressed that only individuals with competence and commitment should get Nigerians’ votes.

On local government autonomy, Mr. Falana said in the true sense of the word, no arm of government in Nigeria is truly autonomous, arguing that as long as states continued to run to Abuja for survival, autonomy exists only on paper.


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  • Chintua

    But LGAs don’t run to states fir funds rather the states forcefully take from them the funds from Abuja

  • akinapopo

    who we Nigerian is looking for is credible people who is ready to commit himself like christ that died for the world in buting our infrastructure,like power supply eradicate poverty especially our young up coming ones and make a positive change to this great country, we are beging to every reasonable youth should not sale your vote with one cup of rice the politcians will give you we need mass respons from you youth of this Nation.

  • WWBlogger2

    This loan-for-nomination-form business is one that would haunt Buhari for some time, and I do not know what in haven’s name his advisers were thinking to have prime Buhari for this kind of situation. It just shows their ineptitude in putting the absolute wrong foot forward with the very first action in formalising his 2015 presidential intentions. I hope that it is not the kind of ineptitude that would surround Buhari if he gets into Aso Rock.

  • Alex

    Buhari is credit worthy, that’s why the loan was granted in the first place.

    • koko

      so how does he sustain the campaign if for purchase of form he has to take bank loan. Think again and open your eyes!!

      • Hah!

        My dear Koko. it appears you are not a student of History. Kindly check and refer to the donations of Buhari campaigns of 2011 you will know what I’m taking about.

        • lala

          Any information on the interest and repayments? I suppose his presidential salary will be sufficient to cover the costs or as implied here, there will be donations available to cover the costs. I then wonder what the donors would expect in return? Let me guess…water and electricity and of course zero corruption :).

          • Haruna Chiroma

            Very good response

      • Haruna Chiroma

        Almost single handedly, Buhari formed CPC four months to election and pull 12 million votes. The money use for the campaign was donated by masses, the donation ranges from N1, N5, N10 etc. I personally donated N5000 at that time. The masses for your information are now more determine to donates for Buhari Campaign than before. In case you don’t know how fund his campaign.

      • Alex

        How has he been sustaining the previous elections and not become bankrupt?

  • Jizzle

    I used to think Falana had some intelligence. If these are the people we call “brilliant” then there is a problem. Buhari made it clear right from the beginning that people offered to buy the form for him but he insisted that he should at least pay for his own nomination forms. That is the integrity speak. He does not want to be held hostage by anyone. For the election proper, he uses volunteers and free will donations. That is the right path for a honest man.

    • Mayo

      By that same argument, Buhari will fund his Presidential campaign (if he wins his party’s ticket) out of his own pocket. In fact, it also means he will fund his primaries out of his own pocket. But we know that is not feasible.

      The average person who runs a political campaign needs donation from people. What they do is to set up a campaign organization and part of the job of the campaign organization is raising funds to execute the campaign. Since Buhari says he doesn’t want to be beholden to some people (i.e. the money bags), his campaign organization will make it possible for the average John Doe to contribute and also place a limit on the maximum each person can contribute. By placing a low limit on the max amount that can be contributed, he’ll prevent money bags from hijacking his campaign.

  • Guest

    Falana got it all wrong. It wasn’t a loan, it was an overdraft he asked his manager for until he gets back to his home and then arranges to pay the next day. He just made his declaration and chief Oyegun asked him to pick the form before leaving but he didn’t think he had enough balance in his account to cover the amount for the form so he had to call his account manager to grant him an overdraft for the difference until he gets home when he will sort it out. Bihari being a man of integrity does not want to give a bounced cheque and the manager granted it to him immediately. Also bear in mind that this was in the early stage where donations were just kicking in no one knows how much had come in yet and he would not just want to immediately start dipping his hands into it without k owing the details.

    This shows Bihari is being held to a high standard and it is good but we ask that other contestants should be put through such standards too, we should carry out a deep background check and a thorough vetting. It would only be sad if Buhari is measured against a different standard from the others because of his stance against corruption, his personal principles and integrity.

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  • Haruna Chiroma

    Falana faulted Buhari for using loan to buy form. Unfortunately, falana have not provide alternative on what to do.

  • Haruna Chiroma

    Falana is a total disgrace, as a lawyer he could have quote section of the constitution or electoral law that prohibited taken loan. If what Buhari does is within our law then just keep quite.

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  • Suleiman

    Some people tend to waste news paper pages saying nothing. If you want somebodies decision as a lawyer u should base ur arguments on valid facts not beating around the bush. Let’s learn from ur argument if u a really up to it

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  • Babanla

    But my biggest worry in all these is that did not the pastors, imams and babalawos who benefited from this money know that the money was stolen? If truly they are men of God, why did they not hear God (God has left most of them siiiiince) telling them they were sharing blood money and stolen wealth? It is a shame that our spiritual leaders threw caution to the wind, seared their consciences and turned a blind eye to corruption of the highest magnitude in the history of our nation. I wonder the kind of heaven these ones will go to.