The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, yesterday alleged that many small opposition political parties are demanding money from APC to endorse President Muhammadu Buhari for re-election in 2019.
Speaking while receiving a delegation of the United States-based National Democratic Institute (NDI) and International Republican Institute (IRI) in his office in Abuja yesterday, Oshiomhole said there is a worrisome development being witnessed as the country prepares for next year’s elections.
He said the ruling party has been inundated with requests from many of these parties which he described as “democratic merchants,” begging to be paid money to enable them announce their support for President Buhari.
He said many of the registered political parties which said they were fielding presidential candidates are now ganging up to endorse other candidates.
“I can tell you how many requests I have received from these so-called political parties that if you pay me this, we will announce that we are supporting your presidential candidate. So these people have formed political parties as platform to trade. We do not need to focus on those who are democratic merchants, creating more confusion, generating more heat,” he said.