Sunday, December 21, 2014

2015 Election: Govs, businessmen, others donate N21.27bn to support Jonathan's presidential campaign

President Goodluck Jonathan's reelection bid received a major boost on Saturday, as businessmen, multinational organisations, interest groups and individuals donated the sum of N21.27bn to support his campaign for the 2015 presidential election.

The sum raised yesterday was apart from the pledges made by anonymous donors.

The naira rain was at the Peoples Democratic Party Fund Raising Dinner held at the old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Mr. Tunde Ayeni who chaired the occassion threw the event open with a donation of N2bn on behalf of himself and unnamed friends while the forum of governors under the aegis of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, donated N1.05billion.

The Bauchi State Governor, Isa Yuguda, who spoke on behalf of the PDP governors, said 21 governors donated N50m each.

Some of the donations are: Oil and Gas sector,N5bn; Transport and Aviation, N1bn; Food and Agriculture, N500m; Power, N500m; Construction, N310m; Road Construction, N250m; those in Real Estate and Building donated N4bn; National Automative Association, N450m; and Shelter Development Limited, N250m.

Speaking at the occassion, Chairman of the fundraiser committee, Prof. Jerry Gana who donated N5billion on behalf of himself and his friends, warned that the 2015 general elections would be keenly contested and urged the party not to underestimate their opponents.

President Goodluck Jonathan in a brief remark thanked the donors and pledged that the fund raised would be judiciously utilised.

"I thank everyone who made donation tonight," said Jonathan.

Meanwhile the National Chairman of the PDP, Adamu Mu'azu, has sealed the fate of aspirants who lost at the party's primaries at all levels.

Mu'azu said, "Power and glory come from God and nobody else. Those who have won should involve everybody in their campaigns in order to make them family campaigns.

"For the losers, I pray for you that God will answer you at a later date. Join us to campaign for all our candidates at all levels to have success."

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