The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has said that the reason why the party did not collect money from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to support the re-election of Goodluck Jonathan was because the party did not want to be dragged into shame.
Details have emerged that the funds from the office of the former national security adviser were used to pay political parties to support the re-election of Jonathan. The Social Democratic Party leader, Chief Olu Falae, reportedly received N100 million while the Accord Party also received the same amount.
Vanguard reports that Chief Victor Umeh, the past chairman of APGA and its senatorial candidate said in Lagos that although the party supported Jonathan ideologically, they did not collect any money for that.
“We didn’t get into that arrangement because of monetary benefit. Not a kobo was given to anybody or APGA. Some people think that APGA, being a robust supporter of President Jonathan more than the SDP and Accord Party, which got N100 million each, then we must have got more, but I am so happy that I didn’t entangle myself in such thing.
“It would have been an opportunity for those who are worried that I am contesting the senatorial election to come and pick me up and dump me at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, cell.”
He said that the immediate past senator of Anambra Central was ineligible for the re-run election after having moved from the PDP to the All Progressives Congress which according to him makes it impossible for her to contest in the same election on the platform of two different parties.
He said: “This is very absurd and I think that she is wasting her time and therefore, has to get proper legal advice. Whoever advised her that she can jump from PDP to APC and become its candidate and return to the election, has not given her proper advice.
“Assuming that she has that right, the Supreme Court judgment that I explained, has foreclosed that option. There is nothing that can make the APC present her for the election.”
Meanwhile, a letter purportedly exposing the pact the PDP had with other political parties to support the re-election of Jonathan has leaked.