The National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has debunked claims in certain quarters that the party had approached President Muhammadu Buhari for funds, just as he reiterated that the party was not financially buoyant.
Oyegun said it was not part of the President’s duties to fund the party, stating that it would soon devise fresh ways of generating resources for its operations.
He said in an interview with the Vanguard: “Just like the economy, the party too is suffering from the stresses and strains of funding just like every institution in our polity
“That also goes to tell you that we are not a party that withdraws money from security votes or from any government agency.
“I saw reports that we have written to the president to rescue the party. That is not part of his national duties and he has no intention because there are no funds from which he can draw from.
“The party has to come up with fresh and innovative ways as to how to raise resources for its operations and that, we have done. The plan is ready and will go into operation in the next one month or two.
While speaking on the wave of defections to the party, Oyegun noted that everyone was invited as they would strengthen and not weaken it.
“In any case, you cannot join the APC without subscribing to its goals and objectives and when you join the party today, you do not expect to take over reign of power because there are people there already.
“You still have to prove yourself that you’re loyal and reliable member of the party. You cannot just come and become a leader of the party in one day, you have to earn your way to become trusted with leadership, because when you come, you are meeting people who are occupying the leadership positions.”