Ahead of 2019 elections, President Muhammadu Buhari has said he will not authorise the use of money from the nation’s treasury for his campaign.
He stated this on Wednesday while speaking at the close of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja.
The President said that he will not share the treasury money to prospective voters for his re-election campaign.
While speaking to the cabinet ministers, he said:
“As political parties spread their ideologies and views to every nook and corner of the country, the issue of cash payment to voters and its corrupting influence in electioneering has once again become a topical issue.
“Try and use text and multi-media messages to seek votes for the party and government. ‘‘There is no money from the treasury for use in the campaigns. I will not authorize that.”
President Buhari in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, declared that the APC-led administration has a clear development agenda best suited to take Nigeria forward and sustain economic development.
He said, ‘‘This message needs to be taken to all Nigerians but we cannot use money from the treasury to share out to prospective voters.
‘‘Nigerians want change and we alone can deliver that change. Our people can no longer be swayed by money politics.”