The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has implored former president Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, to speak up on the alleged diversion of the $2.1 billion meant for arms purchase and allegedly cornered into his presidential campaign.
It will be recalled that former Minister of State for Finance, Bashir Yuguda and five others have been arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) before Justice Peter Afen of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, Abuja on a 22-count charge of conspiracy, bribery, abuse of office and criminal breach of trust.
The Deputy National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Abdullahi Jalo, said Goodluck Jonathan must break his silence on the investigation of certain stalwarts of the PDP to save the party from the public odium the probe has generated.
“As all of you know, no single kobo can be spent by the Federal Govern-ment 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”.
“Jonathan is alive, he should clarify whether he asked his former NSA to dis-tribute money meant to fight Boko Haram into his campaign.”
“All of you are aware that there was a dinner, where money meant for campaign was realised. That’s known to all of us, billions of naira were given by business tycoons in this country”.
“So, why should somebody now tell us that money meant for arms and appropriated by the National Assembly was diverted into PDP campaign”.
“Haliru Bello did a contract with the office of Sambo Dasuki to the tune of N600 million with his company’s name, not PDP”.
“In the case of Olisa Metuh, his company allegedly had transactions with the office of National Security Adviser. So, what is PDP business with that?”
“We want those people that have been accused to shed light, whether they were given the money to campaign for Jonathan.”
“Did they bring the money to the party’s national secretariat? “PDP has nothing to do with individuals that used their companies to do contracts with National Security Adviser”