Given the favored notion that lack of accountability is likely one of the chief ills of our politics, how superb that an affirmative gesture a fortnight in the past by the presidential candidate of the African Motion Congress (AAC), Omoyele Sowore, went virtually unnoticed.
With none prompting, AAC launched an announcement of account of its marketing campaign spanning a yr. We’re informed the get together was in a position to elevate a complete of N157 million by means of a GoFundMe automobile opened with Zenith Financial institution.
It coated assorted prices starting from journey, lodging, renting city halls, refreshments, mobilizing attendees to “N740,000 spent on safety and intelligence”.
With this, Sowore, writer of Sahara Reporters (the hard-hitting citizen-journalism platform), has undoubtedly set a document in marketing campaign financing in Nigeria and demonstrated duty and accountability uncommon amongst recipients of public donations in the direction of a civic trigger.
Nicely, it certainly shall be a tall order asking the older, more established events to render comparable account or open their books for public scrutiny. More just like the futility of in search of a virgin in a maternity ward.
Apparently, Sowore, a one-time scholar union president at University of Lagos, would appear the most important revelation of the 2019 common polls, coming sixth forward of some huge names within the contest involving 73 candidates.
It’s fairly instructive that AAC’s GoFundMe account swelled from the widow’s mite despatched by tens of hundreds of Nigerians offered on Sowore’s advocacy of a brand new Nigeria. There couldn’t be a greater technique to present constancy to those that sowed in religion and who, probably, may turn out to be the inspiration of Sowore’s captive viewers for future aspirations.
Whereas Sowore has given an account, not a number of different events are nonetheless embroiled in bitter struggle over cash. We hear of get together executives bickering with their standard-bearers both over not making full disclosure of money donations or spending with out transparency.
It’s as if some didn’t see a border between their private pockets and the get together’s pouch.
The puzzle then: if such people can’t account for little purse of a small get together, how are we to belief them with the nation’s treasury?