Peter Obi received N596m donations during 2023 polls — Aisha Yesufu

Aisha Yesufu

Chairman of the fundraising team for the Obi-Datti Presidential Campaign Organisation Aisha Yesufu has said that the organisation received donations totalling N596 million from party supporters, Obidient movements and Nigerians across the globe.

Mrs Yesufu stated this a press conference held in Abuja on Thursday.

The social critic further said the Labour Party’s presidential candidate Peter Obi spent N744,500,000 on litigations following his loss at the 2023 presidential election.

Yesufu said, “Accountability and transparency are very critical and important. We raised N595,976,994 donations through four financial institutions including Zenith and Heritage Banks. We also received N800m from the candidate (Obi).

“Although some money came in one week to the election, so many people and vendors put so much into the campaign without demanding payment.

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“We designed a strategic blueprint focused on channelling the movement energy and support for Peter Obi and Datti Ahmed by providing direct and indirect support to over 100 groups across all 36 states in Nigeria.

“We also deployed media-related campaigns that reached over 11 million people, leveraging over 40 radio stations, community outreach, and social media.”

Contrary to the report that Obi did not pay his polling unit agents, Yesufu said they were mobilised with N324m.

She also expressed regret that they could not properly utilise television adverts for their campaign because of financial constraints.

”So, out of these things, campaign materials worth N258,374,330 were procured and distributed across the 36 states and also in Abuja. Media and radio broadcasting was at the cost of N16,432,867.

”For the election promotion expenses, we had N10,808,948 and deployed N744,500,000 to cover legal expenses. We thank everyone who donated in cash and kindness,” she said.