APC unveils ‘bless mi’ mobile crowd-funding channel for Tinubu’s campaign
• Party targets N5 billion donations
• ‘Innovation to democratise election funding,’ says Sanwo-Olu
The All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council (PCC), yesterday, unveiled a mobile crowd-funding channel for Bola Ahmed Tinubu-Kashim Shettima presidential project ahead of the 2023 general elections.
The QR code-enabled platform was initiated to give Nigerians who believe and share the vision of Tinubu-Shettima presidential ticket to contribute towards realisation of the project.
The presidential campaign team targets to raise N5 billion from the platform, known as “Bless Mi,” launched at the Civic Centre on Victoria Island, Lagos.
Donors can freely donate to the project, using the QR Code. The amount ranges from the least currency denomination to any amount affordable. Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who spoke at the event, described the approach as another “creative way” of using technology to democratise funding for political activities. He said the mobile platform would offer opportunity to Nigerians supporting APC to be part of the process of forming the next Federal Government.
The governor said every little contribution received from the channel would matter in funding the APC’s presidential campaign council’s activities across the federation.
Sanwo-Olu maintained that the Tinubu-Shettima ticket represents a pan-Nigerian mandate, noting that the APC candidate remained the most competent of all presidential contenders.
The donations received at the fund-raising were transparently displayed on digital screens, which showed the donors’ names and amount contributed. APC vice presidential candidate, Kashim Shettima, said the initiative was aimed at leveraging the nation’s diversity to inflame loyalty in the people.
The former Borno State governor urged Nigerians to vote for APC, stressing that only the party’s presidential ticket guarantees candidates with practical ideas to move the country forward.
Shettima said the objective of the project was to bring average citizens into the mission of building a better country for the youth and improve lives.
He said: “We have to look beyond the fabulous things happening around and look at somebody that wish to push and elevate the nation to the next level. And with all sense of modesty, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is the best material we need in this nation.
“I urge Nigerians to look beyond sentiment, look beyond the lies that are being peddled and make the best choice for the nation and next year will be a very great opportunity for Nigerians to make the right choice.”
Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, hailed the APC fund-raising committee for the initiative, noting that the mobile platform would democratise election funding.