Professor of political economy, Pat Utomi has announced that portals to enable Nigerians both home and abroad to donate funds to the campaign of Peter Obi, presidential candidate of the Labour Party, will be launched next week.
The Labour Party chieftain revealed this when he featured on Sunday Politics, a programme on Channels Television.
Reacting to the legislation agaisnt international transfer of fund exceeding $10,000, Utomi pointed out that there is nothing wrong with Nigerians in the diaspora donating funds to political campaigns in Nigeria, adding that he was a beneficiary of such when he contested to be president.
“When the time is right, the diaspora will give money. They have always given money to campaigns. I ran for president before and got support from the diaspora in 2006 and 2007 and then when I ran in 2011,” he said.
When the time is right, we are going to obviously solicit from Nigerians across the board. We are setting up portals where people can give money.
“These portals are not up yet. They would be up next week or so and eventually we are going to be able to access resources from the diaspora for sure. But right now, we are on a sensitisation tour about what makes democracy work. Right now, Nigeria’s democracy is not working because of the transaction cost involved and the trade-off that has to be made.”