A presidential aspirant, Adamu Garba has announced his defection from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), citing the N100 million cost of the party’s presidential forms as the main reason.
Telescope.ng reports that Garba who said he will now seek to actualise his presidential ambition on another platform revealed that he is abandoning APC despite receiving over N83 million in donations to buy the party presidential forms.
He spoke at a news conference on Tuesday, May 10, in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
The president aspirant also alleged that the chairman of APC Senator Abdullahi Adamu and members of his National Working Committee (NWC) of APC had jeopardised the process of choosing a credible candidate for the party in the 2023 presidential election with its commercialisation.
He also picked holes in the the inclusion of the voluntary withdrawal form in the nomination and expression of interest forms.
He also express fear that the NWC might adopt consensus to pick an anointed candidate and ask other aspirants, who had obtained forms with N100 million, to seek refund.
According to him, the directive by the NWC that 10 statutory delegates must sign the forms of the aspirants had automatically made the party’s ticket accessible only to the highest bidder.
“After high-level deliberation with our internal campaign team, we have concluded that we will not be obtaining the expression of interest and nomination form for the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria under the platform of the APC.”
However, Garba who said he would disclose his new party within the next few days advised those who had contributed money to his campaign to seek refund immediately.
But he added that the donations are done for his pursuit of the presidency in the 2023 election, the battle is not over yet.
He said: “We have recorded the sum of N81, 750,000.00 in private donations and N1, 457, 794.70 in online donations, totaling N83, 207,794.70.
“We sincerely, immensely, and graciously thank everyone for these wonderful contributions and donations, including those who made theirs anonymously.
“We, however, request that all those who donated online and who require a refund send an email with evidence of payment to email@example.com. I assure you of a complete refund upon request.
“Those that made private donations, we know them, we will meet them and settle this out.”
“I deeply, immensely appreciate my supporters, friends, well-wishers, and the well-meaning Nigerian youth who contributed unceasingly to this journey.”