National Vice Chairmen of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the various regions of Nigeria have backed the anti-corruption fight of President Muhammadu Buhari. The PDP leaders met on Tuesday where they made the statement and also dissociated themselves from prominent members of their party being currently tried for diverting $2.1 billion meant for arms purchases. The indicted party chiefs include the immediate past National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, Raymond Dokpesi and former Sokoto state governor Attahiru Bafarawa. The vice chairmen, in a communiqué signed by PDP Vice Chairman (South-south) zone, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, absolved the party of complicity in the alleged diversion.
“Even as these allegations and charges are yet to be proven, we call on the President to also investigate some of his serving ministers and associates that even more grievous allegations have been leveled against,” the communiqué said.
The vice chairmen warned that disciplinary action would be taken against any of the party members who gets convicted for corruption and that they would be sanctioned accordingly.
Stating the party’s position on the ideals of its founding fathers, the vice chairmen insisted on the adherence to the rule of law in the process leading to the trial of the suspects in the arms cash scandal.
They enjoined party members to remain resolute and await the pending repositioning of the PDP, “where square pegs will be placed in square holes and justice and equity will prevail.”
“Furthermore we reaffirm that mediocres will no longer be allowed to govern the affairs of the party. Power will now be returned to the people at the grassroots.
“We make bold to say that those who are corrupt have left the party and those who left are indisputably mercenaries and soldiers of fortune.
“That in spite of having lost the presidential election the PDP remains the largest party in Nigeria and Africa and we intend to keep it so.
“That the vast majority of PDP members at the grassroots are innocent and not corrupt and accordingly we frown at and reject the notion and tagging of the PDP as a corrupt party.
“That Nigerians will realize in the very near future that the PDP remains the only viable choice for the unity and progress of Nigeria.”