BY BENEDICT NWACHUKWU, ABUJA
Ahead of Labour Party Campaign flag off, National Chairman, Julius Abure, has cried out over lack of funding to drive the party’s presidential campaign for the 2023 general elections saying its presidential candidate, Peter Obi cannot fund his election.
Abure also appealed to members of the party and well-meaning Nigerians to come to the aid of the party as it is in serious shortage of the funding required to prosecute the elections.
“Our Presidential Candidate cannot fund his election alone. All of us are to make sacrifices. He did not steal from the treasury of Anambra State for the eight years he governed the state. He is not on pension in the state like governors of the parties parading selves as leaders. He left millions of dollars and billions of naira in the state’s coffers”.
This is even as the party is set to kickoff its presidential campaign on Saturday, October 29 in Nasarawa State.
Abure stated these on Friday in Abuja at the official inauguration of the party’s Presidential Campaign Council.
He noted that though the Labour Party is now the beautiful bride that all Nigerians are expecting so much from the PCC to do all that needs to be done to lead the party to victory in 2023, however, the greatest challenge before the party is how to fund the campaign.
Abure maintained that the Labour Party Presidential candidate stands out from among other candidates in terms of character, pedigree, intelligence and as such doesn’t have the money to fund the campaign alone.
While congratulating those who made the campaign council, the national chairman noted it was not an easy task to arrive at the list, and urged those who made the list to justify their inclusion.
He added that the OBI-Dient movement is driven by character, competence and capacity, and as such they should demonstrate that they have the capacity to drive the party to victory in 2023.
“The party is competing against parties that have stolen our resources and common patrimony and are ready to deploy it in the election.
“Nigerians have realized they need to take back the country. The massive support and followership enjoyed in recent times shows the people are ready and determined to take back their country.
“We need a lot of funding to drive the process, as the presidential candidate cannot do it alone,” Barr Abure stated.
The Presidential Campaign Council list contains 1,453 members which is an increase from the initial 1,234-member list that was earlier released.
The Chairman of PCC, is AIG Mohammed Zarewa, while the Secretary is Comrade Ojukwu.
Doyin Okupe remains the Director General of the campaign council while the Deputy DG North is Alhaji Bello Yusuf Maitama and Mr Denzel Ketenbe is Deputy Director- General (South).
Former governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Anambra State, Oseloka Obaze, will serve as Deputy Director-General and Campaign Manager.
The national chairman and other members of the National Working Committee, NWC, attended the inauguration.