OrderPaperToday – The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked former President Goodluck Jonathan to clarify whether he approved the diversion of $2.1bn meant for the purchase of arms to fight boko haram to the funding of his re-election campaign.
The PDP is irked by the massive involvement of its topshots in the alleged sharing of the arms purchase cash for campaign purposes by former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki.
The party’s latest position was made known by its Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Abdulahi Jalo at a press briefing in Abuja on Monday.
“Jonathan is alive, he should clarify whether he asked the National Security Adviser to divert money meant to fight Boko Haram into his campaign,” Jalo told the media, adding: “As all of you know, no single kobo can be spent by the Federal Government without an act of the National Assembly. Money earmarked for arms purchase, some people diverted it to something else. So many people that you cannot even expect were involved. Now, darkness has come to light.”
Harping on the need for the ex-president to speak up, he said: “President Jonathan must speak on it. He is still alive. Has he ever said anything like this to Dasuki, ‘go and take from the money meant for the war against Boko Haram and share for my campaign’? It is time for him to speak up.”
The party deputy publicity scribe who exultantly exonerated himself from the scandal however said not only the PDP should be held liable for the shameful sharing of arms money saying, “it was not only members of the PDP that shared the money; members of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Accord Party and the Social Democratic Party, among others, also shared. At least, Chief Olu Falae is not a member of the PDP.
According to Jalo, the PDP raised funds for the 2015 elections campaigns from a fund-raising dinner while asking its members who collected money meant for arms from the former NSA to return such, adding that “those who have been accused to have collected money from the office of the NSA should come and tell Nigerians how they used the money for the party.
“PDP has no company. It is not a private company. It is a political party. Was this money paid into the party account? No. So, these people are ‘on their own’.”