Director of Strategic Communications of President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2019 campaign, Festus Keyamo (SAN), says the electoral law on purchasing nomination forms is being twisted.
Keyamo made this comment in reaction to criticisms trailing the purchase of a presidential nomination form for Buhari by the Nigeria Consolidation Ambassador Network (NCAN).
The group had presented a cheque of N45 million to the chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, for the form.
Critics of the gesture said it was against section 91 (9) of the electoral act which says “no individual or other entity shall donate more than one million naira to any candidate”.
SKC Ogbonnia, a presidential aspirant in the APC, and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had described the development as a violation of the electoral act.
However, in response, Keyamo said the president is still an “aspiring aspirant” and not yet a candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2019 elections.
But Keyamo took to Twitter to absolve Buhari of any wrongdoing, describing those quoting the act as “mischievous”.
“Some mischievous persons are reading S. 91(9) of the Electoral Act upside down. The section limits CASH (not material) donations in respect of CANDIDATES to N1m. PMB is not a CANDIDATE. He’s an aspiring ASPIRANT. He becomes an ASPIRANT only when he submits his Forms to his Party,” Keyamo tweeted.
“Same people that said nothing last week when a group ‘donated’ nomination FORMS to a ‘crying’ opposition aspirant are now descending on PMB & misquoting the law. It’s more honorable to openly support a candidate of your choice than hiding behind one finger & looking ridiculous.”