Thursday, October 29THE LEGISLATURE

Rely on Media for Campaign, Buhari Warns against Use of Govt Fund for Electioneering

BY OUR CORRESPONDENT

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday warned against the use of government fund for campaign pledging not to authorise the use of state fund for his re-election.

He reiterated his commitment to eliminate corruption in campaign financing in the country.

“Try and use text and multi-media messages to seek votes for the party and government,” he said.

The president made the declaration in a statement by Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity at the close of the meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) in Abuja.

President Buhari directed cabinet ministers to take advantage of technology to reach out to voters on the need to return the All Progressives Congress (APC) led administration in next month’s general elections.

“As political parties spread their ideologies and views to every nook and corner of the country, the issue of cash payment to voters and its corrupting influence in electioneering has once again become a topical issue.

“There is no money from the treasury for use in the campaigns. I will not authorise that,” he said.

According to him, the APC-led administration had a clear development agenda best suited to take Nigeria forward and sustain economic development.

‘‘This message needs to be taken to all Nigerians that we cannot use money from the treasury to share out to prospective voters.

‘‘Nigerians want change and we alone can deliver that change. Our people can no longer be swayed by money politics,’’ he added.

The president also used the occasion, which was a valedictory session for the Minister of State, Foreign Affairs, Hajiya Khadija Bukar Abba Ibrahim, to wish the minister success in her electoral contest.

The minister had signified her desire to leave the cabinet, in line with existing regulations, to run for a legislative seat in her native Yobe.

Hajiya Khadija Bukar Abba Ibrahim, is the wife of Senator Bukar Abba Ibrahim a third term senator who also served as governor of Yobe State for three terms.

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