N21 bn PDP Campaign Fund: Group writes Mu’azu, demands names of donors

A group, Civil Society Network Against Corruption, CSNAC, has formally asked the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to release the identities of those who are contributed to the party’s N21 billion campaign fund.

The group filed the request under the Freedom of Information law, and said the details should be made available within seven days.

The PDP had on December 20 organised a fund raising ceremony to prosecute the party’s presidential campaign for the February election.

About N21.7 billion was raised at the event held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

But the party has been accused of violating the Electoral Act by receiving individual donations beyond N1 million, and by failing to disclose the names of its big donors.

The party also accepted donations from government contractors and companies, against the provision of Section 38(2) of the Companies and Allied Act.

In a letter of the National Chairman of the PDP, Adamu Mu’azu, on Monday, the anti-corruption group said it was making the demand for the details of the donors because media reports were vague on their identities.

It also said it was making the request in accordance with Sections 2,3 and 4 of the Freedom of Information Act, 2011.

The group, in the letter signed by its Programme Manager, Adeola Abodurin, said it confirmed through various media outlets, including ThisDayLive, Sahara Reporters, Vanguard, Premium Times, and The Punch Newspapers, all in their December 21 editions, that funds were donated to the PDP for the elections at the dinner.

It stated that ThisDayLive specifically reported that the funds’ donors included businesses, elected government officials, some sectors, top party members and some unnamed individuals.

It also said while reports by the media reports gave specific information on who some of the donors were, none gave comprehensive information on how the N21.7billion came to be.

The group further stated that even so, information was still restricted among the few names and details of donors mentioned.

“For instance, Premium Times quoted Punch Newspapers that the Chairman of Skye Bank, Chief Tunde Ayeni, who chaired the occasion and opened the donations with N2billion stated that, N1 billion was from him and his partner while the other N1billion was contributed by his other friends; the statement obscuring the names of his ‘other friends.

“These reports are rather vague and non-provision of such information undermines the legitimacy and credibility of electoral and democratic processes; providing the information is vital to curtail the risks of corruption during the electoral campaigns for the February 2015 general elections.

“Section 90, 91 and 92 of the Electoral Act, 2010 placed a ceiling on contribution by any individual to a political party and also limits the expenses that can be incurred by any candidate in an election. Also, section 93 of same Act forbids any political party from accepting money or assets from anonymous sources.”

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