The All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) spent over N3.07 billion in the recently conducted Edo and Ondo governorship elections.
This was revealed in a report released yesterday in Abuja by the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) on the governorship elections campaign finance and state administrative resources in the two states.
A breakdown of the spending by the two leading political parties showed that the candidates flouted the Electoral Act as they spent above the approved limit for campaign expenses.
The report showed while the APC spent N1.07 billion in the campaigns in Edo State, the PDP spent N614.88 million in the same election.
Section 91(3) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) sets the limit of campaign expenses to be incurred by a candidate in a governorship election at N200 million.
Analysis of the report showed that the election, won by the APC candidate, Godwin Obaseki, cost the party N197.92 million for campaign rallies, N14.32 million for billboards, N679.80 million for electronic media publicity, N38.46 million for electronic media advert, N130.50 million for vote buying, N2.94 million for print media expenses and N3 million for office and operational expenses.
The PDP spent N103.68 million on campaign rallies, N9.84 million on bill boards, N399 million on electronic media publicity, N51.78 million on electronic media advert, N47 million on vote buying, N1.57 million on print media expenses and N2 million on office and operational expenses.
In the Ondo State gubernatorial election, the APC’s candidate, Rotimi Akeredolu, spent a total of N981.32 million while the PDP’s candidate, Eyitayo Jegede, spent a total of N409.24 million.
The report showed that Akeredolu spent N97.93 on campaigns, mobilisation and rallies while Jegede spent N97.75 million on the same purpose.
“Money and administrative resources played an enhanced role in the 2016 Edo and Ondo gubernatorial elections,” the report stated.
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