Prof. Peter Umeadi, the presidential candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) and a former Chief Judge of Anambra state, is alleged to be in deep financial trouble, according to Anaedoonline.ng.
According to an APGA source, the presidential candidate has continued to complain to party stakeholders and prominent Anambrarians about how the governor of Anambra state, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, who is supposed to be the party’s major financier, has not been forthcoming despite several entreaties, starving his campaign council of funds.
According to the source, the presidential contender decried the lack of strong financial party veterans in APGA as well as other major political parties such as the PDP, APC, and even the Labour Party.
He also noted that, as is customary in other parties, the governor of Anambra state, the party’s only sitting governor, should be at the forefront of fundraising for the presidential campaign, but has continued to complain of a lack of funds, putting him and other APGA candidates in several states in jeopardy as the election approaches. This, he claims, has left the retired former Chief Judge in a financial bind, making him to literally dip his hands in his personal funds to finance some of the campaign expenses.
Another close ally of the former chief judge confirmed the story and stated that this has been the reason why their campaign has not generated enough momentum. “As you can see, we do not have a strong media presence, no funds to setup campaign offices across states of the federation and we don’t have money to fund the cost of logistics as we commence campaign”. He lamented.
The ally also expressed regret that Brigadier General Gbor, the party’s presidential candidate in the 2019 presidential election despite not being from Anambra state, received maximum support from ex-governor Obiano, noting that the former governor even bought him SUVs befitting of a presidential candidate.
According to him, this is not the case with Prof. Umeadi, the governor of the state who has not garnered the same level of support as Gen. Gbor.
He bemoaned the way the presidential candidate was allowed to travel the length and breadth of the country in his personal cars, causing wear and tear, and pleaded with the party to persuade the governor to do the necessary, or else APGA’s participation in this presidential election would be a disgrace.
Both sources stated that APGA might outperform their last appearance in the 2019 presidential election, where they finished fifth, arguing that a solid performance in the 2023 election would be a positive for the party’s current leadership and position it well for victory in later elections.
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