The All Progressives Congress (APC) has hit a brick wall in its bid to get financial assistance from President Muhammadu Buhari, THISDAY reports.
The leadership of the party had held a closed-door meeting with Buhari last Monday to brief him on the state of affairs of the party. They mentioned the critical state of the party finances and how the President and other elected members can assist in funding the operations of the party.
However, the party did not succeed in persuading the President to play pivotal role in its fund-raising campaign.
“Buhari declined from making any financial commitment. He rather reminded the APC NWC members of how the leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) messed themselves up by dipping their hands into public funds to run the party campaigns. He said he would not want APC to be seen as behaving in the same manner, moreso now that it is running a corrective government,” the source said. Since its victory at the 2015 presidential polls in which it secured majority support based on its change mantra, the APC have been very careful to avoid the some of the pitfalls of the PDP.
He advised the party’s leadership to go back and look inwards on how to mobilise funds internally through regular fees/donations from members.
Those who were at the meeting of the NWC with President Buhari included the National Chairman, Chief John Oyegun; National Secretary, Alhaji Mai-Mala Buni; Deputy National Chairman (North), Senator Lawan Shuaibu, and Deputy National Chairman, Chief Segun Oni.