Peoples Democratic Party, PDP agreed to the six issues raised by the Social Democratic Party, SDP before it could support the re-election bid of President Goodluck Jonathan in last year’s presidential election.
A letter by Chief Tony Anenih, who was then Chairman of PDP Board of Trustees (BoT), dated January 26, 2015, confirmed the claim by the National Chairman of SDP, Chief Olu Falae, that there was inter-party cooperation between the PDP and SDP to support Jonathan’s presidential ambition.
Falae, who admitted that he received on behalf of the SDP the sum of N100 million from the PDP through Anenih, following the agreement to work together, told an online newspaper-Premium Times-that the money was distributed to all the state branches of the SDP.
The SDP national chairman had also stated elsewhere that his party, which did not have a candidate for the presidential election, decided to work for the actualization of Jonathan’s re-election after the PDP agreed to the six issues it placed on the negotiation table.
Anenih’s letter had clearly responded to the six issues, thus paving the way for the PDP-SDP working cooperation.
The letter, entitled: “Inter-Party Co-operation” and signed by Anenih in his capacity as the then Chairman of the Board of Trustees of PDP reads: “I write to sincerely thank you for your letter dated January 23,2015, on the above subject matter.
“After due consultations with relevant stakeholders of our party, I am pleased to convey to you our decisions on the issues and to further inform you that the President and the leadership of our party have expressed delight and strong optimism to fully cooperate and work with the SDP in the circumstance.”
Anenih stated on the implementation of the report of the 2014 National Conference: “Please be assured that the report of the National Conference will be implemented to the letter. We believe that having regards to the fact that the National Conference was a baby of the President, he is in a better position to implement it. And this is what he is doing.”
On zero tolerance to corruption, he responded: “There is no doubt that our party, the PDP and your party, the SDP are on the same page on this issue. Apart from the fact that this administration has done more arrests, investigations, prosecutions and convictions of corrupt cases, the President has continuously laid emphasis on the need to develop an appropriate technology to comprehensively combat corruption and its vices.
“The approach, for example, has produced immense results in eliminating corruption that was associated with the distribution of fertilizers in Nigeria in the past.”
On intensification of efforts to defeat insurgency, he said: “it is the primary duty of Government to protect the lives and property of its citizens and secure the territorial integrity of the nation. This Government has consistently made efforts to deal with the challenges of Boko Haram who have established their operational base somewhere between some States in the North-East of the country and the boundary with some of our neighbouring African countries.
“Terrorism has become a global phenomenon and fighting it requires the co-operation of not just the entire citizens but the support of the international community. The President is working on this. In his recent visit to Borno and in a rally in Maiduguri few days ago, he assured the people that every inch of Nigerian soil currently under the control of insurgents will be recovered in no distant time.”
The shape and texture of the PDP-SDP cooperation have now come to the fore on the heels of the N100 million that Anenih was reported to have given to Falae as contained in his letter to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
He (Anenih) was reported to have also given N100 million to the leader of Accord Party, Senator Rashidi Ladoja and N63 million to a group headed by an elder statesman, Alhaji Tanko Yakassai, for mobilization and post-election peace advocacy.
His letter to the EFCC was a response to the commission’s inquiry about the N260 million said to have been paid into his account by the office of the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.)
Anenih, as learnt, stated in the letter that former President Jonathan requested for his account details for reimbursement of the money that he spent on some political assignments he (Jonathan) gave to him and was therefore not in a position to know which office his account details would be sent for reimbursement.
He was also said to have stated in the letter that he spent over N440 million of his personal money, which the N260 million paid into his account could not defray.
The trio of Falae, Yakassai and Ladoja have already confirmed that they received N100 million, N63 million and N100 million respectively from Anenih for purposes specified in his letter.


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