Unity Party of Nigeria, UPN, has said it did not authorise any member of the party to collect any money on its behalf to support any presidential candidate during the election.
The party’s publicity secretary, Barrister Adedeji Salau in a press statement made available yesterday in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, said it did not collect any money to support former President Goodluck Jonathan.
The party said it declared its support for President Muhammadu Buhari and did not expect anyone to collect money from any agent of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
According to the party, the alleged diversion of $2.1 billion arms deal by the former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki, was scandalous and must be condemned by all.
The statement read in part: “Now that it has been established that some political parties without presidential candidates collected money to endorse the candidature of former President Goodluck Jonathan in the last election, the Unity Party of Nigeria would want to declare categorically that the UPN under the chairmanship of Professor Bankole Okuwa since March 6, 2015, congress of the party did not authorise anybody to collect money on his behalf and therefore did not collect any money to support any presidential candidate during the last election.
“In fact, the party’s national secretary announced the endorsement of candidate Mohammed Buhari before the election on behalf of the party.
“For now we will only say that this revelation of abuse of office and corruption in the name of politics is scandalous and should be condemned by all.”
The party established that while it waits for the judicial pronouncements of cases before it, the allegations have challenged the moral value of the recipients.
“While UPN would wait for the final judicial pronouncement on each case, these cases have challenged the moral values of these recipients since their actions are quid pro quo tantamount to collecting money for voting as against endorsement by merit.”

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