The claim by a former Secretary to Government of the Federation, Chief Olu Falae that he collected N100 million on behalf of his party, the Social Democratic Party, SDP, from the immediate past chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party’s Board of Trustees, Chief Tony Anenih, has been debunked by the Ogun State chapter of the SDP.
Anenih had in a letter he wrote to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, explained that the N260 million that was paid into his account by the Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA, was disbursed to some political parties and individuals to mobilize support for the re-election of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
He reportedly mentioned Falae, Accord Party national leader, Senator Rasheed Ladoja; and leader of the Northern Elders Council, Tanko Yakassai, as some of the people he distributed the money to.
The money was allegedly linked with the $2.1 billion arms fund believed to have been mismanaged by former NSA, Sambo Dasuki.
Falae had admitted receiving N100 million from Anenih, claiming the fund was shared among the state chapters of the SDP, of which he is the national chairman.
However, in a statement jointly signed by its Chairman, Olu Agemo and Secretary, Clement Adeniyi yesterday in Abeokuta, the Ogun SDP declared that it was never notified of or involved in any negotiation to partner with the PDP or any other party for the purpose of winning the election or maintaining peace during the period as claimed by Chief Olu Falae.
According to the party, “We were never informed by the National Secretariat of our party of the decision to adopt former President Goodluck Jonathan or any other candidate as the party’s presidential candidate.
“That, we were never informed of any donation of funds to the party by the PDP or any other party.
“That the SDP in Ogun State did not receive any financial or campaign logistics assistance from the national secretariat of our party or any of its principal officers.
“That in April 2015 we made our position clear on the sources of our campaign funding through advertisement in the Guardian, Vanguard, Punch and Tribune newspapers of Monday April 20, before the current revelation.
“We plead with our members and supporters who have received this untoward revelation with great shock to remain calm and await the convocation of a general meeting where these issues shall be thoroughly discussed and appropriate decisions taken.
“We assure you that the SDP in Ogun will continue to operate within ethical and moral norms as laid out in the principles of Progressive Welfarism established by our progenitor, Chief Obafemi Awolowo in the struggle to establish an egalitarian, peaceful and equitable nation”, the statement read.