Chairman of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, Chief Olu Falae, says that he would open a can of worms on his alleged involvement in the $2.1bn arms deal largesse doled out to top Peoples’ Democratic Party’s henchmen and some cronies of the party by the former National Security Adviser, NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd).
The former All Peoples Party/Alliance for Democracy Presidential candidate in the 1999 general elections, who was mentioned among those that allegedly collected part of the funds meant to procure arms to fight the insurgent group-Boko Haram, reiterated his innocence in the arms deal scandal, stressing that he was ashamed to be associated with Dasuki.
“I will open up next week on this issue. I did not collect even N1 from Dasuki. In fact, I never had dealings with Dasuki. The last time I met Dasuki was in 1987, some 29 years, when he was the ADC to General Ibrahim Babangida.
“The N100m was money sent from the PDP to the SDP and I transferred the money to the SDP account and subsequently instituted a committee that deliberated on the modalities for distributing the money to the states to fund campaigns for their various candidates, depending on the numbers of candidates,” he said.
Falae said the then ruling party-PDP- had through its NEC Chairman, Chief Tony Anenih, struck an accord for a working relationship with the SDP in the Presidential election, and had voluntarily offered the SDP N100m to offset running costs of campaigns especially in states where it has strong followers.
“For me to be mentioned with Dasuki in the arms deal scandal is wickedness. The SDP was in accord with the PDP as is normal in politics and it was not the first time that had happened. We recall the APP/AD alliance that produced me as the presidential candidate in the 1999 election and subsequently, the ANPP/DPN accord in 2007 that produced Gen. Muhammadu Buhari,” he stressed noting that the SDP/PDP alliance was nothing strange.
Falae, who was visibly angry over the allegation that he benefitted from the arms deal largesse, asserted that the negotiation with the PDP was neither selfish nor personal because, he never demanded for anything personal but presented a six-point national agenda in writing which the PDP NEC after deliberation equally accepted in writing.
Speaking at the inauguration of 11-member committee for the forthcoming national convention of the SDP, Falae said the SDP remains the only party with identifiable ideology, stressing that efforts made by detractors to smear it would be invalid.
He charged the convention committee to come out with the modalities for the conduct of the exercise adding that members were carefully drawn from the six geo-political divide to reflect balance and fairness.
Chairman of the committee, Chief Korede Duyile, promised to be fair and forthright by producing guidelines which would facilitate organisation of credible convention. Thirty-one states chairmen and other executive members, both national and states, were present at the ceremony.

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