May 18, 2024
APC Chief Calls For N100bn Budget To End Party’s Reliance On Elected Officials
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APC Chief Calls For N100bn Budget To End Party’s Reliance On Elected Officials

A former National Vice Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (North-West), Salihu Lukman, says the Dr Abdullahi Ganduje-led National Working Committee of the party must work towards raising an annual budget of N100bn to operate at an optimal level and to avoid depending on elected officials for funding.

In a statement issued in Abuja titled ‘Wither Nigerian Democracy: Urgency of Rebuilding Political Parties,’ he also called for deliberate reforms to be carried out on the organs of the ruling party in order to give their candidates stronger electoral advantages ahead of the 2027 general elections.

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He added that when a ruling party can operate a national budget of more than N100bn, then the condition of service for party leaders at all levels can be benchmarked with public service conditions.

He cautioned that as long as the conditions of service for party leaders are below that of public service, party leaders will continue to subordinate themselves to elected leaders and the capacity to hold elected representatives accountable to the party will be weak. 

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