Social Democratic Party, SDP, has declared that it would not refund the N100m given to it by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, because the money was transparently used for the purpose it was meant.
National Publicity Secretary, Dr. Abdul Sadiq, said yesterday barely 24 hours after the SDP admitted that it collected N100m from the PDP following an alliance the then ruling party struck with 10 other political parties ahead of the 2015 general elections.
According to him, the party had, in the consummation of the working relationship it struck with the PDP for the re-election bid of the former President Goodluck Jonathan, disbursed the sum to the various state chapters of the party to facilitate campaigns ahead of the 2015 general elections.
He disclosed that the larger chunk of the money was deployed to fund publicity by way of adverts, handbills and posters, paid for campaign venues and other necessary budgets, noting that the money was paid into the accounts of the state chapters and it was well utilised.
Nigerian Pilot recalls that the SDP said the amount collected was at the instance of the PDP following an alliance the then ruling party struck with 10 other political parties ahead of the 2015 general elections, particularly in respect of the presidential election.
The SDP said it was approached by the PDP through its Board of Trustee, BoT, Chairman, Tony Anenih, for electoral alliance and after debate by its National Executive Committee, NEC, a seven-man committee was set up to debate the proposal more so since the SDP did not intend to field a presidential candidate.
The SDP resolved to partner with the PDP based on certain cardinal objectives, including zero tolerance for corruption, youth employment, increased capital funding allocation and acceptance of the recommendations of the sixth National Conference.
It added that consequent upon the PDP’s acceptance of the above objectives, the SDP mandated its national chairman, Chief Olu Falae, to liaise with the PDP’s BOT, and that the PDP through Chief Anenih contributed “a token sum of N100m only to the SDP/PDP electoral alliance through Chief Falae.
“It is pertinent to know that neither the SDP nor Chief Olu Falae were aware of Col Sambo’s arms deal money given through Chief Anenih. The SDP as well as many Nigerians were aware of the fact that the PDP had a fund raising event prior to the election where billions of naira was donated.
National Publicity Secretary stressed that the party supports the on-going anti-corruption campaign of the All Progressives Congress, APC-led Federal Government.

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  • oluomo

    You did not know it was a stolen money when you collected it,but now you know the truth. There is no further argument about this, simply return this loot and let the truth you know set you free. Any other action beside this makes you equally as guilty as the direct thief.