The N100 million allegedly collected by the National Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) Chief Olu Falae from the former Chairman Board of Trustees of the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP) Chief Tony Anenih, has taken a controversial twist as Olusegun Osoba camp refutes Falae’s claim.
Chief Falae admitted receiving N100 million from Anenih, part of the large funds linked with the $2.1 billion arms fund believed to have been shared by former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki during the 2015 general election.
Contrary to the Afenifere chieftain’s claims that he distributed the money lodged into the party’s national account to state chapters of the party, Ogun State chapter of SDP led by the former state governor, has declared that it did not get any money from it.
The state SDP in a statement jointly signed by its Chairman, Olu Agemo and the Secretary, Clement Adeniyi on Sunday in Abeokuta, 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 Falae.
“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. We were never informed of any donation of funds to the party by the PDP or any other party.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,” the statement read.
It added: “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 be 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 Awolowoto establish an egalitarian, peaceful and equitable nation”, SDP, Ogun said.
By Olisemeka Obeche