The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.) has explained why he decided to embark on crowdfunding on Facebook, for the 2015 elections.
Buhari, who just raised more than N54 million from the crowd sourcing platform said a fund raising program like President Goodluck Jonathan’s, where the president raised N21 billion, was unnecessary and did not carry ordinary Nigerians along.
The former head of state said that carrying the masses along would make him more accountable to the people if he is voted into office next year.
“This is my approach, God knows and you know it. Go and ask my former running mate, Pastor Tunde Bakare. I heard him saying in an interview that when we started campaign with him, he never knew there was such a large number of people in the north. So my strength is mainly with the ordinary people.
“You know N100 is a lot of money for them, and I believed they will make that sacrifice especially when I told them that I’m going to sign the cheque to get even a kobo out of that amount. That is why I depend on them and we are taking this idea mainly from what happen in United States.
“When Obama came out to contest, he was a colourful person. The big companies were for him. But he knew that he needed the ground foot soldiers. So, when he came up with this idea, he was able to finance his campaign without looking for money bags or any influential person. So, he remains independent. This is what I want to achieve,” he explained.