Prior to the 2023 presidential election, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged all candidates to show leadership by directing their “campaign councils and political parties to frequently and widely publicize the sources of their campaign funds.”
The SERAP organization stated in an open letter published over the weekend and signed by Kolawole Oluwadare, the deputy director, that transparency will serve to limit improper influence on political candidates and guarantee equality, fairness, and accountability in the nation’s democracy.
The transparency of campaign financing, according to SERAP, would increase public confidence in the nation’s politicians and political parties and demonstrate their dedication to preventing and combating corruption if they were elected.
The letter stated, in part: “SERAP would consider appropriate legal actions to hold you and your political party accountable for any violations of the campaign finance requirements as set forth by the Nigerian Constitution of 1999 [as amended] , the Electoral Act, and international standards, even after the 2023 elections.
“SERAP asks you to sign ‘transparency pacts’ that would require you to post donations and contributions extensively, including on your party website and social media channels, and to disclose the names of donors.
“Transparency in campaign financing would assure fair and open elections, answer concerns about improper influence by the more economically affluent and advantaged people, as well as avoid corruption of the electoral process.”
“State parties are required to increase openness in the funding of candidates for elected public office and, where appropriate, the funding of political parties, under the UN Convention against Corruption, to which Nigeria is a state party.”
According to DAILY POST, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP), and Prof. Peter Umeadi of the All Progressives Grand Alliance are the candidates for president in Nigeria’s general elections in 2023. (APGA).
Others include Kola Abiola of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), Omoyele Sowore of the Africa Action Congress (AAC), Prince Malik Ado-Ibrahim of the Young Progressive Party (YPP), Yusuf Mamman Dan Talle of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM), Dumebi Kachikwu of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Professor Christopher Imumulen of the Accord Party (AP), and Prince Adewole Adebay (SDP).