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Published On: Thu, Dec 27th, 2018

N1.22 billion donation: Read electoral act -Group advises PDP

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By Umar Muhammad Puma

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has said that the call by Alhaji Buba Galadima for the disqualification of President Muhammadu Buhari as the presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2019 general elections is a mere expression of frustration and crass ignorance.
Galadima, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) presidential campaign spokesman, at a world press conference on Sunday in Abuja, had called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to disqualify President Buhari for receiving N1.22 billion from Nigerians farmers, which, according to him, contravenes the provision of the Electoral Act.
In a statement signed by Niyi Akinsiju and Cassidy Madueke, Chairman and Secretary respectively, BMO said that Galadima is uninformed about the finer points of the Electoral Act which is why he is finding fault with N100 individual donation of members of an association.
“The association of farmers and fertilizer producers are not corporate entities and neither are they registered corporations, and certainly not captured in the Electoral Act. So for Galadima, a supposedly educated person and politician to ask for disqualification of president Buhari on the basis of their donation, is engagement in petty talks.
“Is Galadima rewriting the law on who and what to contribute to an electioneering campaign fund? He apparently forgets that President Buhari enjoys mass appeal and popularity among the Nigerian poor and downtrodden who he is feverishly elevating on to higher economic levels from the extreme poverty to which they were pushed into by the collective irresponsibility of the PDP governments of many years.“
BMO is of the opinion that Buba Galadima got himself mixed up, by equating individual donation to corporate donation. “We advise this gentleman to keep his anger under control so that such anger should not be allowed to contaminate the political space”
The group also described the spokesperson’s allegation that security agencies were after the lawmakers who heckled president Buhari at the presentation of the 2019 budget proposal “as figment of his imagination and the product of a troubled mind.
“Obviously, PDP elements see defeat at the 2019 election staring them in face and they are jittery. The colossal failure of their presidential campaign flag- off in three geographical zones in the country, the groundswell of popular acclaim of President Muhammadu Buhari achievements all over the country have put the PDP under tremendous pressure and they have become desperadoes”.
BMO noted that President Muhammadu Buhari is a magnanimous person with a heart of gold that, despite Galadima’s rouble rousing, still keeps his (Galadima’s) daughter as one of his aides in the Presidency.

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