the Federation and National Leader of the Social Democratic Party, Chief
Olu Falae, has said the N100m he collected from a former Chairman of
the Peoples Democratic Party’s Board of Trustees, Chief Tony Anenih, was
fully remitted to his party.
in an interview on Saturday that the SDP and the PDP has a written
agreement on the endorsement of the latter’s presidential candidate in
the 2015 election, former President Goodluck Jonathan.
chairman came to me in Akure to seek our support. We gave him six
conditions; that they should have zero tolerance for corruption, create
job for the unemployed, fight insurgency and restore security in
Nigeria, reduce recurrent expenditure to have money for capital
development, etc; that if they (PDP) accept those conditions, we would
Anenih, who wrote back to accept the conditions. “That was the basis for
our cooperation to support their presidential candidate; that was the
purpose for which the money was given,” he stated.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had traced the fund to the PDP, which also used part of the fund to mobilise other political parties to support President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election bid.
The ex-Minister of Finance noted that both SDP and the PDP did not discuss money during the negotiation, while the conditions given were in the best interest of the country.
He said, “They realised that the SDP had no money; we had no government (post). He (Anenih) said without money, we would not be able to be effective. So, he sent us the money, which I passed on to the SDP and it was distributed to all the states (chapters) of the federation, while our people were instructed to campaign for their presidential candidate during the election. This was the story.”
When Falae was asked to confirm his alleged failure to remit all the money to the party, he said, “It is a lie. I am the chief fundraiser for the party and the money I (have) raised and remitted to the party is well over N200m.”
He pointed out that the party has its own bank account where money passes, while there were other executives of the party who knew about its finances.
“My integrity cannot be impugned by unserious people. They wanted to drag us into Dasukigate; they couldn’t do that. The money we got was remitted to the party for the election,” he said.
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