PDP Disowns Members Involved in $2bn Arms Deal Scandal

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The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has disowned its members currently under investigation over a fraudulent $2bn arms deal.

Former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, and a host of other PDP members had been arrested and interrogated by authorities over their part in the arms deal. Among them are 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,
In a statement released on Wednesday, the party said it had nothing to do with those indicted.
“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.

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