FG Re-arrests Dasuki After Release From Kuje Prison… As Corruption Trial Splits PDP Leaders
Minutes after stepping out of the Kuje prison, Abuja following his release after meeting his bail conditions, security agents suspected to be from either the Department of State Services (DSS) or the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday re-arrested former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.
Dasuki is standing trial in three different courts in Abuja for alleged money laundering offences running into billions of naira. He was taken to court by the EFCC, but was granted bail last week along with former Sokoto State governor, Attahiru Bafarawa and his son, Sagir, as well as a former NNPC top official, Aminu Baba Kusa. Dasuki’s lawyer, Ahmed Raji (SAN) confirmed his re-arrest.
The trial of Dasuki and other PDP chieftains is already creating a crack in the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP). A former Minister of State for Finance, Bashir Yuguda and five others were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC before Justice Peter Afen of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, sitting in Maitama, Abuja on a 22-count charge bordering on conspiracy, bribery, abuse of office and criminal breach of trust.
Yuguda, was charged alongside with Dasuki, Shuaibu Salisu, a former Director of Finance and Administration, Office of the National Security Adviser; Attahiru Dalhatu Bafawara, a former governor of Sokoto State; Sagir Attahiru, his son and Dalhatu Investment Limited, while a former acting national chairman of the party, Dr Haliru Bello is also being investigated over the alleged diversion. Bello is the current acting chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees.
But while the national working committee of the party led by Prince Uche Secondus has dismissed the ongoing trial as mere witch hunt, the body of National Vice Chairmen of the PDP at the end of their meeting on Tuesday affirmed support for the anti-corruption crusade of the Muhammadu Buhari administration.
In a communique signed by the national vice-chairman, South-south and secretary of the body, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh and released today, the forum dissociated the opposition party from any corrupt practices and further vowed to take disciplinary actions against any of its chieftains who may be convicted in the corruption trial.
The communique reads in part: “At a meeting held on the 29th December 29, 2015 in Abuja, the body of National Vice Chairmen of the PDP notes as follows:
” That the body supports the anti corruption drive of the Buhari’s administration.
“The body affirms that if corruption is not eradicated the growth of Nigeria as a nation will remain stunted.
“We therefore dissociate the Party completely from any corrupt practices while the Party was in power.
“The body notes with great concern the various allegations and charges against some PDP members that served in Government, even as these allegations and charges are yet to be proven, we call on the President to also investigate some of his serving Ministers and associates that even more grievous allegations have been levied against.
“As a result the body wishes to affirm as follows :
” That the PDP as a Party dissociates itself from any of its members so indicted.
” Any member so convicted shall also face intra party disciplinary action and will be severely sanctioned accordingly.
” That the Party stands steadfastly by the ideals of the G-34 founding Fathers of the Party.
“That the ‘principle of the rule of law’ which was a cardinal focal point of the party while in government remains sacrosanct and immutable.”
Also in an apparent reference to the national convention of the party slated for next March, the body of national vice-chairmen of the party admonished the party faithful to remain steadfast and ensure that those willing to serve the PDP diligently are elected as national officers.
“That the body enjoins all PDP party members to remain resolute and await the pending repositioning of the Party where square pegs will be placed in square holes and justice and equity will prevail.
“Furthermore we reaffirm that mediocres will no longer be allowed to govern the affairs of the party. Power will now be returned to the people at the grassroots.
” 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 in spite of having lost the presidential elections the PDP remains the largest party in Nigeria and Africa and we intend to keep it so.
“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.
“That Nigerians will realize in the very near future that the PDP remains the only viable choice for the Progress and Unity of Nigeria.”
Meanwhile, former Sokoto state governor and Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Attahiru Dalhatu Bafarawa, today said his current travails is one of the challenges every politician must encounter in their political sojourn.
Bafarawa who is standing trial alongside former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), and others over alleged diversion of $2.1bn arms funds disclosed this in Sokoto, during an interaction with Journalists.
The former governor also noted that as someone who believes in rule of law, he is confident of being vindicated at the end. According to him: “It is normal challenges faced as a politician. If you are in politics, you must expect both good and bad stories about you. Whatever happens to someone should be left in the hands of God, but I am sure of being vindicated at the end of the day.”
Bafarawa however declined to speak further when pressed to give an insight on the level of his involvement in the arms fund. He emphasised that since the matter is in court, he is ready to prove his innocence on all the allegations leveled against him. “This matter is in court. I wouldn’t like to discuss anything that is still before the court”, he added.