The unveiling of an official website to promote political campaigns and soliciting funds ahead of the 2023 presidential election by the presidential candidate of Labour Party (LP) Peter Obi has generated mixed reactions in some quarters especially on social media platforms.
The former Anambra Governor, who encouraged his supporters to visit the official campaign website for the Obi-Datti Campaign organisation, disclosed that donations from willing donors could also be made through the platform.
Obi posted: “I invite every member of the OBIdient Family, and every supporter of our march to a new Nigeria to visit the official campaign website for the Obi-Datti Campaign organisation.
“You can use that medium to support and donate in cash & kind to the campaign obidatticampaign.com – PO”
This development, sparked mixed reactions. Many queried Obi’s intentions because his supporters who are fondly called “Obidients” often push the campaign tag of ‘we no dey give ‘shishi’ meaning ‘we are not giving anything‘.
But his supporters argued that the fundraising is pivotal to actualisation of Obi’s presidency in 2023.
Before now, Obi had come under scrutiny over foreign donations. There were legal provisions that it was illegal to raise campaign funds outside the country through unknown sources or unidentified groups.
A Twitter user Alao Kayode queried: “Honestly, Obi @PeterObi is just doing what he knows to do best, transaction to his benefit. This man knows he’s going nowhere! But he’ll be rich at the expense of gullible and hapless followers! Pity!!
”Tosin Adeda posited: “Peter Obi supporters, it’s time to put your money where your mouth is. But i can boldly tell you that this is a scam. Lol”@Ade_Nurayan tweeted: “You said you’re a multi billionaire with controlling shares in banks and multi nationals. True. Dip your hands in your pockets, spend your money and stop begging for donations all over the place.”
Ikenna Ezeibe said: “Let’s secure our future guys. Do the much you can.”
Bummie Aro said: “Labour party posted an account for donation for the campaign, Peter Obi is posting another account for his campaign.
“It means you are not bothered about other candidates of the party who are also contesting. The aggregate donation is to help the party and not ONLY YOU.”
Daniel Regha said: “Peter Obi it’s quite !ronic that ur candidacy runs on the “No Shishi’ phenomenon but yet, u are allowing struggl!ng Nigerians fund ur campaign.
“The only thing u should be asking from the public is their votes, n¤t their money, cos u are filthy rich. This is an ! indirect extortion”