Patrick Osadebamwen, Abuja
Former President and Commander in Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has been asked to come out clean on whether he actually directed the disbursement of the funds meant for arms purchase to fight the insurgents.
Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Abdullahi Jalo who addressed the press at the National Secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said the President Jonathan is still alive and should clear the air.
Jalo said the public shouldn’t misunderstand the issues explaining that. Individuals accesssesd publi funds through their various private companies and not the Peoples Democratic Party even though they are members of the party.
According to him the Arms fund was an appropriation of the National Assembly to which the former President and Former National Security Adviser, Dasuki Sambo were aware of this and knows the limit of using the Funds other than what it was meant for.
Jalo said the money for campaigns was raised at the Dinner held at the banquet Hall of the villa where supporters of the party made various donations.
He maintained that that fund was different from the Arms fund and those who collected the Arms fund do so at their own risks and should be treated as individuals rather than rubbing it off on the party.
He said any member of the party who wishes to go and bail any officer of the party would be doing so one his own individual capacity not as the party even as he demanded those who collected money to prove that the money was spent on the party.
In his words: “Darkness has now come to light, that some people have collected money, Not just PDP we are talking of all those that have collected money from an act of the National assembly and taken under the guise of campaigning for Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
“Goodluck Ebele Jonathan is alive, has he ever directed that money for arms should be disbursed for his campaign.
“No one is a fool, it is known to us that money meant for campaigns were given to chairmen of various political party.
“Billions were collected at the Banquet hall at the Dinner, that money was meant for the campaign. The theme of that dinner was to raise money for that purpose Dangote donated, Adetola donated.
“Olisa Metuh had a company, Dextra Investment Limited, what does that have to do with PDP
“Let us put the records straight let any of them make their claims of spending the money on PDP.
“Diversion of funds on the Act of the National Assembly is a criminal offence.
“PDP has no business with individuals who used their personal companies to get these monies. They should explain themselves and if they spent the money on PDP, they should provide it, Jalo demanded
GEJ Should Speak Up If He Authorised Disbursement Of Arms Fund On PDP – Party
Patrick Osadebamwen, Abuja