Running a Presidential campaign is no minced meat and not for the empty pocket.

This has again came to the fore as former Presidential hopeful and flag bearer of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, Oby Ezekwesili just released her campaign finance cost breakdown for the five months leading to her pulling out of the race.

Despite pulling out of the presidential race about a month to the polls, Ezekwesili spent about N48 million in a space of five months for the 2019 presidential campaign.

The breakdown published on Ezekwesili’s campaign website showed she raised N48,957,416.00, $17,645.00, and £200 between October 1, 2018, and February 2, 2019.

During that period, the campaign spent over N12 million on travels, N10.6 million on media and publicity, and another N15.3 million on “campaign mobilization fees, meeting and logistics costs”.

Printing of campaign posters and other materials cost the campaign a total of 1,222,920.00, the breakdown shows.

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Ezekwesili said 2,435,609.81, $12,634.50, £200.00 are left in the campaign bank account.

However, the national chairman of the party, Gani Galadima, who had earlier led party leaders to disown Ezekwesili and adopt the candidacy of President Muhammadu Buhari, accusing Ezekwesili of mismanagement of campaign funds.

Galadima said that the statement of account she sent was unacceptable.

Speaking to journalists in Abuja, ACPN chairman charged her to emulate other candidates as regards transparency in campaign funds, stating this case was not the #BringBackOurGirls project which she championed.

“It is the right of the party that must submit report on campaign fund and expenditures to have all the information in the spirit of transparency and accountability in line with (s.92(3)) of the Electoral Act as amended,” Galadima said.

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