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PDP Leaders Panic Over $2bn Arms Deal - New Telegraph by GudluckIBB(m): 6:45am On Dec 04, 2015
Many prominent leaders of the party, New Telegraph learnt, have become apprehensive that anyone could be implicated and arrested as the Federal Government digs deeper into the $2.1 billion arms purchase scandal.

A senior member of the PDP told New Telegraph that a good number of PDP leaders are going to be affected by the arms procurement scandal. “My brother, the situation is messy. A lot of our members benefitted in one way or the other from the fund meant for arms procurement. I’m afraid that the days ahead will be tough for some senior members of the PDP,” a source said.


Also, operatives of the EFCC have arrested Air Vice Marshal Salihu Atawodi (rtd), former chairman, Presidential Implementation Committee on Marine Safety. A source at the commission told New Telegraph that AVM Atawodi was accused of defrauding the government to the tune of over N600 million through dubious contract to procure military boats.

The source said he awarded the contract to one Alhaji Rabiu’s Hypertech Nigeria Limited. The contractor was said to have been fully paid, but the boats were never supplied. The contract award process, according to the source, violated the Procurement Act. AVM Atawodi, who had been under surveillance since 2013, was quizzed for several hours on Wednesday, after he responded to the invitation extended to him.

“He arrived the headquarters of the Commission about 11a.m.,” a source said. EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed Atawodi’s presence at the Commission. He said the ex-presidential aide is assisting the investigation. The Department of State Services (DSS) had, on Tuesday, arrested former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), former Sokoto State governor, Attahiru Bafarawa and Chairman of Daar Communications, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, in connection with arms scandal.

Dokpesi, who was accused of collecting N2.1 billion, has admitted receiving the money from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), but said it was meant for “publicity and media political campaigns based on contractual obligations/ agreement.” But former Deputy National Chairman of PDP, Chief Olabode George and Bafarawa yesterday denied receiving any money from the controversial arms procurement fund.

The PDP had earlier condemned Dokpesi’s arrest, and said it has been made aware that “more notable PDP leaders have similarly been listed for arrest over unproven allegations” as a plot by the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government to cow and silence opposition in the country.

Party source, however, disclosed that fear has gripped some PDP chieftains since the last round of arrests were made. According to the source, every money collected from the NSA office is traceable because the “person will be made to sign for it.

The amount is stated and the purpose for which it is meant for. So it can be traced easily,” he said. The source, who is a member of the PDP Board of Trustees (BoT), said he has advised most of his colleagues to be ready for arrest anytime. “I advised that we should be mindful how we speak because it will look like PDP is defending corruption. Crisis is not good for the party. The (Sambo) Dasuki issue is taking another dimension. Before now, it was attracting some sympathy; but the way it is going, many people are having a rethink.

He is our member and people will think the money was used for campaign,” the source said. It was gathered that the issue was extensively discussed at the National Working Committee (NWC) meeting of the party held on Wednesday.
Acting National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, held a close-door meeting with management staff immediately after the NWC meeting. The meeting, a source told New Telegraph, might not be unconnected with the recent clamp down on some chieftains of the party by security operatives.

But the Director, Media and Publicity of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation in the 2015 presidential election, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, said the organisation has nothing to do with the money allegedly paid to the Dokpesi from the office of the NSA.

Fani-Kayode, who spoke with New Telegraph yesterday, said Dokpesi was not a member of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation. “As far as we are concerned, we don’t have anything to do with the payment made to Dokpesi for publicity.

“Dokpesi is not part of the Presidential Campaign Organisation. We have the structure; you know the Director General, you know the directors. We did not spend one kobo from the public fund.

All the monies we spent were from private contributions, the fact is there for anybody to scrutinise. Dokpesi is not part of us, and you know this. “If he says he collected money from somebody for something, that’s between him and the person. I am just concerned about the way the country is going,” Fani-Kayode stated. George has also refuted a report by an online medium that he collected N100 million from Dasuki, in the build-up to the 2015 general elections.

In a statement issued by his political adviser, Prince Uthman Shodipe- Dosunmu, George said: “For the record, Chief Bode George did not collect N100 million from Dasuki or anybody else whatsoever.

He has never even set eyes on the former NSA throughout his tenure in office, talk less of collecting money from him. Dasuki, of course, is very much alive to corroborate this position.”

Similarly, Bafarawa has said that he did not receive any money from the embattled former security chief. A statement issued in Abuja yesterday by one of his aides, a former Special Adviser on Youths and Students Matters, Alhaji Akibu Dalhatu, maintained that he has neither had any deal with the former NSA nor collected money from him for any purpose.

“The former governor of Sokoto state, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa did not receive any money from Col. Sambo Dasuki for any arms deal or for any purpose,” Akibu said in the statement.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government yesterday dug deeper into its ongoing probe of the $2.1 billion arms purchase scandal as it employed the services of a private legal practitioner, Oladipupo Opeseyitan (SAN) to prosecute Dasuki (rtd) who is standing before the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.

Dasuki had earlier been charged to court on a fourcount charge bothering on illegal possession of firearms and money laundering. Dasuki is standing trial before the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja. Opeseyitan, however, informed the court that he had filed a motion for stay of execution of the ruling of the court which granted Dasuki permission to travel abroad for medical treatment.

He further applied to the court to put the ruling on hold pending the outcome of the appeal in the matter. Dasuki’s counsel, Ahmed Raji (SAN), in his reply told the court that he had just been served with the motion, adding that he needed time to respond to the motion.

The court later adjourned till December 8 for hearing. Dasuki, through his counsel, said that he did not at any point make a statement implicating anyone or group in the allegation of $2 billion arms purchase deal brought against him by the Federal Government.

Dasuki was said to have made the statement to the anti-graft agency and allegedly named some former governors of the PDP and chieftains of the party, among others, as accomplices in the alleged deal. Raji said his client never made such statement or name anyone to the EFCC and wondered where the authors got their information.


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Re: PDP Leaders Panic Over $2bn Arms Deal - New Telegraph by Mynd44: 6:55am On Dec 04, 2015
This is witch hunt grin grin grin

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Re: PDP Leaders Panic Over $2bn Arms Deal - New Telegraph by DaBullIT(m): 6:55am On Dec 04, 2015
All the monies we spent were from private contributions, the fact is there for anybody to scrutinise. Dokpesi is not part of us, and you know this. “If he says he collected money from somebody for something, that’s between him and the person. I am just concerned about the way the countryBuhari's anti corruption campaign is going,” Fani-Kayode stated. George has also refuted a report by an online medium that he collected N100 million from Dasuki, in the build-up to the 2015 general elections

I predict this Fani would reduce his tweets and insults for a bit , i sense fear , The mighty are being fallen by the always traveling common Daura farmer , abi no be wetin dem dey call am bwahahahah

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Re: PDP Leaders Panic Over $2bn Arms Deal - New Telegraph by DaBullIT(m): 6:57am On Dec 04, 2015
It can't be , Dasuki is singing ,


But i guess if it's witch hunt, this one witch is raining garlic on several other witches , Go after the head, everything else scatters
Mynd44:
This is witch hunt

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Re: PDP Leaders Panic Over $2bn Arms Deal - New Telegraph by ziccoit: 7:04am On Dec 04, 2015
No wonder Fayose and FFK have been busy defending Dasuki and attacking PMB on his stance to unravel all the mysteries surrounding the arms procurement scams. In the last election, everything bribable was bribed with blood money just to secure their hero reelection. They should all be rounded up and summarily executed since many people have been murdered due to their action.

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Re: PDP Leaders Panic Over $2bn Arms Deal - New Telegraph by shogz89: 7:05am On Dec 04, 2015
na wa o.. all this money , and they want us to believe they cant pay minimum wage

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Re: PDP Leaders Panic Over $2bn Arms Deal - New Telegraph by Ciscogod(m): 7:07am On Dec 04, 2015
No rest for the wicked

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Re: PDP Leaders Panic Over $2bn Arms Deal - New Telegraph by disloman(m): 7:07am On Dec 04, 2015
May all these allegations end in faces of newspapers.These revelations are weighty.
Re: PDP Leaders Panic Over $2bn Arms Deal - New Telegraph by seunmsg(m): 7:08am On Dec 04, 2015
No need to panic, all they have to do is return everything they looted and be ready to spend some years relaxing in prison. When you commit a crime, you should be ready to do the time.

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Re: PDP Leaders Panic Over $2bn Arms Deal - New Telegraph by shepherd77: 7:10am On Dec 04, 2015
Dem never see anything.

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Re: PDP Leaders Panic Over $2bn Arms Deal - New Telegraph by Teryfik(m): 7:11am On Dec 04, 2015
Tym 2 watch Nigeria on a 3D...grabbin 2 chairs join me @ your own peril
Re: PDP Leaders Panic Over $2bn Arms Deal - New Telegraph by Pavore9: 7:13am On Dec 04, 2015
I love this 'witch hunting'! Whoever is not a witch has nothing to fear, since no one can trace any funds to me l feel comfortable whenever a witch hunter passes me by! cheesy cheesy cheesy

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Re: PDP Leaders Panic Over $2bn Arms Deal - New Telegraph by Chubhie: 7:19am On Dec 04, 2015
Tis like a chain reaction. I'm expecting the Big guys like IBB and co to be invited. There's no how palms of his likes wasn't greased.

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Re: PDP Leaders Panic Over $2bn Arms Deal - New Telegraph by mars123(m): 7:59am On Dec 04, 2015
I know for sure that there are many more scandals to be uncovered. This is just the beginning. Nigeria wasn't functioning half of its capacity under Jonathan. It was visible in every facet of our lives as Nigerians. Everything was a money looting avenue. from sure p to subsidy to recruitment to arms purchase. We are also watching Buhari with two eyes.

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Re: PDP Leaders Panic Over $2bn Arms Deal - New Telegraph by TonyeBarcanista(m): 8:07am On Dec 04, 2015
A clean conscience should fear no accusation. All those involved in this fraud must be arrested, tried and jailed or be put up for public execution.

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Re: PDP Leaders Panic Over $2bn Arms Deal - New Telegraph by drey076(m): 8:15am On Dec 04, 2015
disloman:
May all these allegations end in faces of newspapers.These revelations are weighty.

God will consider the innocent lives that has been lost because of there selfishness and justice will prevail

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Re: PDP Leaders Panic Over $2bn Arms Deal - New Telegraph by Nobody: 8:24am On Dec 04, 2015
Chubhie:
Tis like a chain reaction. I'm expecting the Big guys like IBB and co to be invited. There's no how palms of his likes wasn't greased.

Leave IBB out of this, he knew things will get messy once a no nonsense man gets to presidency. He has said his own that the level of corruption in the past government has made allegations about him looks like child's play

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Re: PDP Leaders Panic Over $2bn Arms Deal - New Telegraph by southniyikaye(m): 8:39am On Dec 04, 2015
Mynd44:
This is witch hunt grin grin grin
this is one rope long enough to hang all pdp thieves.hope this thing no go reach dem barcanista and co Nairaland enterprises

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Re: PDP Leaders Panic Over $2bn Arms Deal - New Telegraph by southniyikaye(m): 8:39am On Dec 04, 2015
Mynd44:
This is witch hunt grin grin grin
this is one rope long enough to hang all pdp thieves.hope this thing no go reach dem barcanista and co Nairaland enterprise

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Re: PDP Leaders Panic Over $2bn Arms Deal - New Telegraph by GMan650(m): 8:40am On Dec 04, 2015
Why should they be scared? What I'm sure about is that Dasuki can't just be dashing out money without the consent of someone who has a big say in the Finance of Nigeria.

BTW, why is Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala not saying anything on this issue? Or is she also receiving medical treatment

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Re: PDP Leaders Panic Over $2bn Arms Deal - New Telegraph by PRYCE(m): 8:40am On Dec 04, 2015
So New Telegraph Visited All the PDP leaders in their respective houses and observed that each and every one of them was hyperventilating or what?

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Re: PDP Leaders Panic Over $2bn Arms Deal - New Telegraph by Burger01(m): 8:46am On Dec 04, 2015
Party of thieves tongue

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Re: PDP Leaders Panic Over $2bn Arms Deal - New Telegraph by bettercreature(m): 8:47am On Dec 04, 2015
My igbo brother must wise up,GEJ was a disaster

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Re: PDP Leaders Panic Over $2bn Arms Deal - New Telegraph by Nobody: 8:47am On Dec 04, 2015
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Re: PDP Leaders Panic Over $2bn Arms Deal - New Telegraph by Standing5(m): 8:47am On Dec 04, 2015
No hiding place. PDP has been held together for long by our collective purse. As they lose access to it, I expect them to crumble quickly.

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Re: PDP Leaders Panic Over $2bn Arms Deal - New Telegraph by johnshagb(m): 8:48am On Dec 04, 2015
They have all the right to panic. Buncha thieves

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Re: PDP Leaders Panic Over $2bn Arms Deal - New Telegraph by mideactive: 8:48am On Dec 04, 2015
PDP leaders picnic over $2b blood money shocked

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Re: PDP Leaders Panic Over $2bn Arms Deal - New Telegraph by Taiwo20(m): 8:48am On Dec 04, 2015
God don catch them....All those people wey paint their nail with our soldiers blood...will not know peace.

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Re: PDP Leaders Panic Over $2bn Arms Deal - New Telegraph by Firefire(m): 8:48am On Dec 04, 2015
[size=15pt]May all the looters of our common wealth NEVER find PEACE in this life and in the life to come.
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Time to dig deep into all security votes across the 36 states of the federation from 1999 - Date.

angry

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Re: PDP Leaders Panic Over $2bn Arms Deal - New Telegraph by Lilimax(f): 8:48am On Dec 04, 2015
All the noise... Hoping that something meaningful will come out of this probe. embarassed
Re: PDP Leaders Panic Over $2bn Arms Deal - New Telegraph by obaival(m): 8:48am On Dec 04, 2015
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POWER!!!!!!
Re: PDP Leaders Panic Over $2bn Arms Deal - New Telegraph by Rilwayne001: 8:49am On Dec 04, 2015
cheesy

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