By Ibrahim Umar
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has reportedly arrested some leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, including two former ministers, in Nigerian states of Borno, Adamawa, Yobe and Gombe. The arrested include former minister of Science and Technology, Abdu Bulama; former Minister of Power, Mohammed Wakil; Senator Saidu Kumo, ex PDP Chairman in Gombe State, Paloma Nuhu; and the PDP chairman, Joel Madaki (Adamawa), all of who are linked to the sharing of $115m (N23bn) public funds. Also, arrested is the accountant of the Gombe State Government House, Mohammed Balbaya. The EFCC alleged the suspects received and shared the public funds released by former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke during the build-up to the 2015 presidential election.
The EFCC sources have been variously quoted to have said each of the north-eastern states was allocated N450m shared among PDP leaders therein. The monies were allegedly routed through Fidelity Bank Plc for disbursements to politicians and electoral officials.