The Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami has reportedly threatened to prosecute the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi should he receive funds from Nigerians abroad.In a statement credited to the AGF and making the rounds on social, he stated that the new electoral law which came into effect in 2022, forbids public office aspirants from receiving funds from foreign donors and Nigerians living abroad.
“Any Nigerian who lives abroad, funding the campaign of Peter Obi shall be arrested. It is against our electoral laws
“One thing Nigerians who based abroad failed to understand is that they cannot stay there and detect to us how to govern our country. Someone will seat in United States of America and be telling us what to do and what not to do as if we don’t know what we are doing in this country”, the statement reads.
“If you violate the electoral law, you will face the penalty squarely and we will do everything within our power to prosecute both you and the candidate you are funding his campaign”.
He explained that the Federal Government of Nigeria has been informed that Nigerians abroad want to fund the campaign of Mr. Peter Obi and vowed that the donors and Mr. Peter Obi will be prosecuted if such happens.
“We’ve received a signal that some individuals, mostly Nigerians living abroad have taken it upon themselves to fund the campaign of Mr Peter Obi who’s the Presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the forthcoming Presidential election.
“What these individuals failed to understand is that Nigerian is a democratic nation governed by democratic rules and regulations. It is against the electoral act for those living abroad to sponsor any candidate in an election. Those involved should desist from such act or have us to contend with. We will resist it by all means. Such fund cannot enter Nigeria. Although we have put measures on ground to apprehend those who will get themselves involved in such an act.”
Recall that there were reports that Nigerians living abroad promised to give Mr. Peter Obi 150 million dollars for his presidential campaign.