of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi; the Governor of Jigawa State, Mohammed Badaru Abubakar; as well as the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio; have on Wednesday, officially joined the 2023 Presidential race under the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, bringing the total number of serving government Officials that have so far declared for the 2023 Presidency under the APC to 13, Page 36 learnt.
The officials are so far:
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo
Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello
Governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade
Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi
Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi
Governor of Jigawa State, Mohammed Badaru Abubakar
Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio
Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba
Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi
Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige
Senator Rochas Okorocha
Senator Orji Uzor-Kalu
Senator Ibikunle Amosun
With the way serving APC Federal Government Officials are trooping in their numbers to declare for the 2023 Presidency, and with the high rate of the ruling party’s Presidential nomination and expression of interest forms, which is pegged at a total cost of N100 million, one is forced to believe that there must be a hidden agenda behind the declarations so far, which more are likely to emerge in a few days.
It is very known knowledge that elections are very expensive in Nigeria, especially the Presidential election, which is the most expensive of them all.
Also, most of the Candidates that have declared so far above, know fully well within themselves that they cannot secure the party’s ticket for the next Presidential election, and even in the 2027 Presidential election, but are still willing to waste a N100 million on the forms; this does not make sense to the normal mind.
For this reason, we are forced to believe that this may be a plot by the APC Leadership to get as many as possible serving Federal Government Officials to contribute N100 million each, towards funding the party’s 2023 Presidential campaign, no matter who turns out as the flagbearer of the party after the primary election, holding at the end of May 2022.
By contributing in this mode, such funds as disguised donations cannot be probed by the anti-graft Agencies in the country, no matter how the public cries out, because the Agencies are being controlled by the ruling Federal Government.
In conclusion, with our calculations, the APC has so far raised a whopping N1.3 billion, from these Federal Government Officials who have so far declared for the 2023 Presidency under it, and this is aside other donations that will definitely come in from other quarters and in whatever forms, to join in funding and probably ensuring the APC does not lose the Presidential seat, come 2023 general elections.
More news later…