Social media influencer and one of the founding members of #BringBackOurGirls, Mrs. Aisha Yesufu, has proposed raising one nundred billion to fund the campaign project of the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, and his running mate, Senator Datti Baba-Ahmed.
Mrs. Yesufu made the proposal in a series of tweets on her social media handle on Tuesday.
In the first tweet posted below, she made the call with hashtags #PeterObiCampaignFund and #100BillionForPOCampaign.
In the second tweet below, she urged her audience to start saving as little as one hundred Naira per week.
This, according to her, if 1,000,000 people put one hundred naira weekly, will amount to one hundred million Naira per week and four hundred million Naira monthly.
The third tweet, a video of herself, saw her defending her trust and confidence in the Peter Obi project. Watch below:
Voting for Peter Obi is not voting for Igbo people. It is voting for competence. Saying you will show Igbo people is laughable. If there is one tribe that has prepared itself for the worst Nigeria can be, it is the Igbos. They faced the atrocious side of Nig during Biafran war pic.twitter.com/NTKBJ4AvUy
— Aisha Yesufu (@AishaYesufu) July 12, 2022
An analyst, Mr. Vin Modebelu, took the task a notch further by urging Nigerians in diaspora to step up to the #100BillionForPOCampaign challenge.
Mr. Modebelu broke it down as follows:
“Presidential campaign is expensive! It needs billions! Can we raise 100 billion?
“Can Peter Obi Peter Obi set up an account, Gofundme, mobile payment for donations to start? There must be stringent measures to ensure accountability and transparency,” he noted.
Explaining further, he said: “The biggest factor the average politician has is either money or access to money.
“I believe with Peter Obi the people have to contribute that money. There is no State money that Peter Obi will be dependent on or even state machinery.
“There is no time. Plans should be in high gear now. Other candidates have luxury of time. Peter Obi doesn’t and so things should be in high motion.
“People are ready to donate. Peter Obi should have his financial team set up the necessarily accounts, Gofundme, mobile payment system and launch the campaign fundraising.
“Not one that different groups or people will be setting up.
“This election is now glaringly one of survival for many Nigerians and we must put our monies where our votes are.
“We will have to be the ones donating to our candidates. The people must be the power brokers!
“A 100 billion is doable. Our little money when added together by many of us will lead to that sum. Let us not he afraid.
“Let me start with Nigerians in Diaspora. If 1,000,000 Nigerians in Diaspora donate $100 that will be $100,000,000 = 60 billion,
“For some, $100 might be too much to give. We have students in diaspora. They can donate $10.
“1,000,000 Nigerian students/ youth in diaspora donating $10 will be $10,000,000 = 6 billion naira. Some can afford to donate $10 weekly.
“It is reported that there are 15 million Nigerians in Diaspora.
“Can we have another 1,000,000 Nigerians in Diaspora that can contribute $1 weekly to #PeterObiCampaign Fund weekly until election?
For those interested in donating to #PeterObiCampaignFund can you please start putting your donations aside while we wait for Peter Obi & his team to provide the necessary accounts?
If you want to do 1k per week. Start putting it aside #100BillionForPOCampaign
— Aisha Yesufu (@AishaYesufu) July 12, 2022
“You read right. That is $1 weekly. That will be $1 million weekly.”
On the need to ensure accountability and transparency, Modebelu continued:
“Let me repeat: the #PeterObiCampaignFund must be set up by Peter Obi himself. He can assign his team and launch. He will be held accountable.
“The team in charge must be trustworthy with weekly final report to public. At least 3 signatories for withdrawal.
“There must also be a team that vet and approve all project to ensure judicious use of money. This team must consist of incorruptible people with character and are street/market smart.
“Not the ones that will be told billboard is one billion and they approve.”
He, however, posited that the burden should not be left for only Nigerians in diaspora, reiterating Aisha Yesufu proposal for “one hundred Naira per week”.
He said: “While Nigerians in Diaspora are donating to #PeterObiCampaignFund, Nigerians in Nigeria will not be left out also.
“Let’s start with the market woman that believes in Peter Obi and can donate 100 naira weekly! 1,000,000 of them will be 100,000,000 weekly!
“There are Nigerians that can donate N1,000 weekly to #PeterObiCampaignFund. Some will just make it N5,000 a month till election.
“1,000,000 donating N1,000 weekly will be one billion Naira weekly. That will be four billion Naira monthly.”
He explained that donating to #PeterObiCampaignFund is not just about money but investment of passion!
“1 million people is about 27 thousand people from each of the 36 states. Some States will have more than others.
Lagos State fit vex give one million people sef,” he joked.
“Fundraising dinner can be organised in Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt. That’s where you have the big boys and the big girls.
“Some can donate 100m without batting eyes. Our N1,000 is still solid! We are all investing. Putting our monies where our votes are.
“Imagine the friendly competition we will have representing our different places of residence in donating. We can even be putting our residence states to show from where. FCT for those of us in Abuja.”
He, meanwhile, reiterated the need for serious accountability as Nigerians have been disappointed for too long.
“There should be weekly statement of accounts released! It is important to not only be above board but to also be seen to be above board,” he stressed.
Beyond money, he also called for time, asking people to donate their time.
“A central database should be kept ( which I believe is already being done with the 15 people each at polling unit). I volunteer for my polling unit!
“Beyond the database of support groups there should be a central one.
“The number of hours people can donate and on what days and in which places should be noted and judiciously used,” he concluded.