Governor of Kano state, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has identified reasons why the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is going through financial crisis, saying the party is not getting funding from government coffers.
He said the era of taking money from government coffers to fund political parties has gone, adding that a political party as an institution is supposed to create activities so that it would be self-reliant.
Ganduje said the national officers of the APC ought to look inward and come up with strategies to raise funds, even as he gave assurance that the party will not crumble. The party has been facing severe financial crisis to the extent of inability to pay regular staff salaries and other bills at its national secretariat.
Speaking in an interview with journalists, Ganduje said President Muhammadu Buhari had made it clear that it would no longer be “business as usual” under the present administration, adding that the party leadership should begin to look for ways of generating funds internally, to sustain its operations.
“Yes, it is still part of the change mantra. People were used to getting cheap money; some struggle to be part of the officials, in order to make money, but in Buhari here it’s not like that. So, if the party has programmes on the ground, the government has no problem to see how the party can be funded; but let me tell you – the issue of taking government money to fund the party does not arise now.
“We have to look inwards. Like in Kano state chapter, we devised a system of funding the party from the allowances from political office holders, some form of activities by the political party that generates money, and so on.
“But at the same time, we will not allow the party to flourish to the extent that business is as usual and corruption becomes attractive. That is what is happening, but we will bail out when we have seen some concrete, some realistic things that will be executed.
“A political party as an institution is supposed to create activities so that it will be self-funding, but because we are used to bringing money from government to furnish the party, that is why our perception is still on that. But a political party has to think of ways to even invest, do so many things so that it will be self-sustainable,” the governor said.
While commenting on the relationship between the APC-dominated National Assembly and the appointees of President Muhammadu Buhari, Ganduje said the party is still young and would get over some of the issues it’s having at the moment. “So, that kind of change of psyche pertaining to the popularity of the party, if that is existing, but let me tell you – when it comes to election, it will be a different thing; don’t mind about all these negative comments you hear about the party,” he said.