Today22 May, 2022

N100m Nomination Form: Presidency clears air on probing Aspirants’ source of funds

N100m Nomination Form: Presidency clears air on probing Aspirants’ source of funds

President Muhammadu Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, has stated that the President will not investigate how presidential aspirants obtained the colossal sums of money they spent on purchasing the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential nomination forms.

Sheu revealed this when he appeared on a Channels TV show.

Thirty aspirants have signed up for the ruling party’s presidential nomination and expression of interest forms, but Shehu said it was up to anti-graft agencies, the media, and civil society organizations (CSOs) to figure out where the money came from, not the President.

He said, “The question is how did they get N100m to buy the forms? I think the question should go to each individual aspirant. This kind of scrutiny is up to the civil societies and the media to ask questions, but saying the President should launch an investigation, I don’t think that is the direct way to go.

“If ICPC or EFCC will say ‘Mr Permanent Secretary, where did you get this money from?’, the President will not stop them.”

The cost of the APC’s Presidential forms should be welcomed, according to Shehu, because the party needs the money to run its electioneering activities.

“The party made a case for this and the national chairman was applauded because this is a party that doesn’t take money from the treasury,” he stated.

Meanwhile, Shehu claimed that the President’s order for Ministers, heads of agencies, and other appointees seeking elective office to resign had nothing to do with section 84 of the Electoral Act.

“He made no reference to section 84, he simply gave the directive and I think it’s clear that as the head of the executive arm of government, he owns the executive authority and power to decide,” Shehu said.

He allayed fears that the President’s directive would result in a power vacuum in government. “The President has given his directives, clearly stated out and it’s for everyone to place themselves where they belong.

“The directive from the government is that if you are a minister and you have a minister of state, hand over to the minister of state. If you don’t have a minister of state, hand over to the permanent secretary.

“If you are a head of a government agency, parastatal, extra ministerial government department, ambassador, hand over to the most senior officer in your department.”

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