Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s (LP) presidential candidate, has denied getting financial support for his campaign from the diaspora.
On Tuesday, the former governor of Anambra State admitted that his campaign team had not actually received a $150 million payment.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was reportedly tasked by the Tinubu-Shettima Connect group to reject Obi due to the purported contribution.
The group claims that the claimed donation for Obi’s presidential aspirations is against the law regarding campaign financing.
However, Obi called the accusations “mere speculation” while speaking to some Nigerians in London.
The presidential candidate clarified that he is not seeking their financial support but rather what Nigerians abroad can contribute to the nation.
He added that Nigeria needs people like these to change the course of the nation.
Obi pointed out that every nation’s transformation required the assistance of diaspora citizens.
Obi stated that the purpose of his talks with Nigerians in the diaspora is to encourage their participation in the political process in Nigeria.
He continued by saying that the nation will change if Nigerians living abroad had faith in it and contributed their wealth.
Obi added that character, competence, capacity, and determination should be used as the criteria for the general elections in 2023 rather than ethnicity and religion.
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