PDP disowns Jalo, denies asking Jonathan to speak on arms deal
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Acting National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus has distanced the opposition party from the statement asking former President Goodluck Jonathan to open up on the $2.1 billion arms scandal.
DAILY POST reports that about 12 prominent chieftains, including a former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, are currently in the EFCC net for their involvement in the sharing of the money meant for arms procurement under the Jonathan administration.
The party’s Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Abdullahi Jalo, had at a recent press briefing, called on Jonathan to respond to the claims by Dasuki that the money was shared on the directives of the former President.
However, Secondus said Jalo spoke for himself and that his views did not represent the position of the PDP leadership.
“Let me make it clear to you that Jalo was only expressing his personal opinion because his views did not represent the position of the party.
“There was no time we discussed at the National Executive Committee (NEC) that Jonathan should speak on the arms deal scandal. There was no time such a thing came up at the NEC. So, Jalo must be expressing his personal opinion,” the party acting chairman said.
He decried the continued detention of the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh and other party chieftains by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
He also denied reports of his removal as the party’s Acting National Chairman, saying the PDP constitution recognised his present position in the absence of a substantive chair.
Source: Daily Post