The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has distanced itself from former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki, former Sokoto State Governor, Attahiru Bafarawa and other chieftains of the party who were indicted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in the alleged diversion and theft of about $2.1 billion arms money.
According to a statement issued by the party’s Vice Chairman, South-South, Dr Cairo Ojougboh after a meeting in Abuja on Tuesday, December 29, 2015, the party expressed support for the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration’s campaign against corruption.
The statement read:
“The body notes with great concern the various allegations and charges against some PDP members that served in the previous government.”
“Even as these allegations and charges are yet to be proved, we call on the President to also investigate some of his serving ministers and associates that even more grievous allegations have been levelled against.”
“Furthermore, we reaffirm that mediocres will no longer be allowed to govern the affairs of the party. Power will now be returned to the people at the grassroots.”
“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 in spite of having lost the presidential election, the PDP remains the largest party in Nigeria and Africa and we intend to keep it so.”
“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. That Nigerians will realise soon that the PDP remains the only viable choice for the unity and progress of Nigeria.”
“The body hereby commends our governors who are the leaders in the states and reiterate our call on them to remain resolute and steadfast.”
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.”
“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.
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,