$2.1 billion arms scandal: PDP disowns Bafarawa, others

R-L: Sambo Dasuki, Aminu Babakusa, Shuaibu Salisu
R-L: Sambo Dasuki, Aminu Babakusa, Shuaibu Salisu

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has disassociated itself from all those indicted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in the alleged diversion and theft of about $2.1 billion arms money.

In a communique issued by the party’s body of national vice chairmen on Wednesday, at the end of a meeting in Abuja, the party expressed support for the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration’s campaign against corruption.

Some PDP members, and people who held office when the party was in power, are facing corruption charges for allegedly diverting money meant for purchase of arms for the fight against Boko Haram.

Among those arraigned are, former National Security Adviser, NSA, Sambo Dasuki, a former minister of state for Finance, Bashir Yuguda, and a former director of finance at the office of the NSA, Shuaibu Salisu.

Also accused is a former governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa, and his son, Sagir Bafarawa,

The PDP said the eradication of corruption was paramount for Nigeria’s development, and called for the commencement of investigations into allegations of financial misappropriation, involving serving public officers.

It expressed concern over the various cases of financial misappropriation currently under investigated, and called on the Buhari administration to leave no stone unturned in eradicating corruption in Nigeria.

The body of vice chairmen, therefore made a list of recommendations, including the following:

“That the PDP as a party dissociates itself from any of its members so indicted,” said the statement signed by the body’s secretary, Cairo Ojougboh, who is also the national vice chairman of the party (South South).

“That any member so convicted shall also face intra party disciplinary action and will be severely sanctioned accordingly.

“That the principle of the Rule of Law which was a cardinal focal point of the party while in government remains sacrosanct and immutable,” said the party.

The PDP claimed its corrupt members have since left the party and frowned at what it described as the tagging of the party as corrupt.

“We make bold to say that those who are corrupt have left the party and those who left are indisputably mercenaries and soldiers of fortune”.

“That the vast majority of PDP members at the grassroots are innocent and not corrupt and accordingly we frown at and reject the notion and tagging of the PDP as a corrupt Party,” it said.

The party also said that it remains an important element for Nigeria’s progress and unity.

“Nigerians will realize in the very near future that the PDP remains the only viable choice for the Progress and Unity of Nigeria,” the party said.

The communique said the PDP holds in high esteem the ideals of the G-34 founding Fathers of the Party, and called on its members to stay focused, saying that efforts are on the way to ensure a proper repositioning of the party.

The PDP also said the days of mediocrity in the party was over, and that power would return to the grass roots.

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  • egoigwe

    The Body of National Vice Chairmen is unknown to the PDP constitution and non-existent. It cannot therefore be vested with powers to speak for the PDP. What they seek to do is to exploit the disarray in the PDP to usurp the powers legally vested in the party’s National Secretary and/or its Publicity Secretary.

  • Muhammad Amin

    stop reporting junk and falsehood. Task your brain if you have any and find out facts on the so called $2.1 billion arms deal. First of all only $1.1 billion was activated (who is trying to steal and cover up the balance of $1 billion in this Government )is for you to find out . Secondly arms were bought and are been used . The funds you are misleading people about is NOT from the arms procurement money but the special services fund , which GMB himself has been a beneficiary .

    • kcee

      Oh okay. I need my own special service fund too. I have been psychologically traumatised by reading frequent Boko Haram bombings on pages of newspapers. Shebi na only those wey complain dem been dey give money? I need Dasuki to release me some money oh since he is the government welfare and insurance department as you claim. Not just any money, the same level of cash as that of Dokpesi and others. Them no get two heads jare

      • Julius

        lolz. Me too !

    • Bayo Ola

      You must be smoking or drinking something that is making you to hallucinate. You are here writing nonesense even when the accuse persons already confessed to spening this money. Are you for real ? Please see your Psychiatric doctor immediately

      • Holy truth

        He actually was doing both when he was typing on his hunchback dilapidated table top computer. He was actually drinking hot burukutu, smoking weeds laced with rat poison thinking it was gbana. Dat was y his brain was malfunctioning, make u pardon his idiocy na under influence.

    • Julius

      Moron, activate some fund for me too !

    • Olu from South Africa

      Your level of stupidity is quite unimaginable. Go to EFCC and tell them all you know and save us all your gibberish.

    • PolyGon2013

      Stop calling him GMB, he is PMB, got it. Sai Buhari.

    • share Idea

      Thanks for helping in educating the guilth At has been brainwashed by this administration.

  • Julius

    Hahahahaha !!. Thats all folks !!

  • Abiboss

    They throw them under the bus. First, they supported them or it was a witch hunt then but now they don’t want anything to do with Dasuki and co. What about the money Dokpesi, Iyocha, Odili and co took for political consultancy for PDP? Dokpesi was directly involved while Odili denied taking #100 M directly from Yuguda. We shall see because ta ba fa gburu, gburu na a fa’gbo. What about PDP BOT chairman, Anenih? He took #260M from the loots. Dasuki and Yuguda will not go down alone because they have the documents of how they distributed the loots. Even Bode George acknowledged the receipt of $30,000. The only discrepancy is the total amount he collected. That one is easy. I wonder it was not Methu that issued the communiqué.

    • PolyGon2013

      They know it is the truth. Sai Buhari.

    • share Idea

      Was Dasuki a member of PDP or you just want to comment because others are doing so

  • muazu wali

    I believe Metuh did not write this. We are however not deceived. The Party is disassociating itself to avoid implication. It knows fully well that the money was used to fund its 2015 campaigns.

  • Tafidan Dogon Daji

    This is not only a sensational caption but is also a high degree of foolishness.Premium Times should take note of this.PDP is not not steered by madness.Even from your report,one can digest that it is irresponsible of this online paper to say the headline in question agrees with the report in the story as the Dasukis were only convicted by a court of public opinion hitherto the outcry of the government at the centre.And i dey laugh,i dey laugh woo..!

  • Olu from South Africa

    Ta lo bi òmó oroan? Nobody ever give birth to hooligan son. More so, only child that takes money home will the parents praise not the ones check mate by EFCC. Bunch of fools.

  • ORIGINAL CONSCIENCE

    Pathological liars!

  • MushinSpeaks

    These guys are not loyal. Did they not share the loot together? Trying times…may the stolen loot comfort them.