PDP suspends Ifeanyi Uba, queries Kashamu

Ifeanyi Uba, Buruji Kashamu

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has suspended one of its members contesting for the Governorship seat in Anambra State, Mr. Ifeanyi Ubah.

The party has also queried another member, Senator Buruji Kashamu, and appointed a legal adviser for its acting national chairman, Ahmed Makarfi.

These decisions were contained in a press briefing on Thursday by the party’s national publicity secretary, Dayo Adeyeye.

Although the party did not go into specifics, it said that Ubah’s suspension was “over his disparaging and unfounded allegations” against “some leaders and members of the party on national television.”

The governorship aspirant failed to respond to query issued to him by the party over the statement, the party added.

“His case has been referred to the National Disciplinary Committee for further action,” Adeyeye further disclosed.

Ubah had on African Independent Television (AIT) claimed that a former governor of the state, who is also a PDP member, Mr. Peter Obi, spent N7 billion to install the incumbent Governor, Mr. Willie Obiano.

The Governorship aspirant had added that Obi has been harassing Obiano for a refund.

Again, Adeyeye did not disclose the nature of Senator Kashamu’s alleged offence. He, however, added that when queried the Ogun East Senator responded and denied the allegations.

The two cases have been referred to the National Disciplinary Committee of the party for further action in both cases.

“The Disciplinary Committee is given two weeks to report back to the National Caretaker Committee,” Adeyeye added.

He stated further: “Finally, the National Publicity Secretary/Acting National Secretary announced the appointment of the former National Legal Adviser, Barr. Victor Kwon as the Special Adviser to the National Chairman, Senator Ahmed Makarfi on Legal Matters. The appointment is with immediate effect.”

Uba had made the claim against Obi on Tuesday, while featuring on a programme, “Focus Nigeria”.

“We held a meeting last month, where Peter Obi raised the issue of the N7 billion that was spent to make Obiano a Governor,” Ubah had said.

But Obi has denied the allegation, describing the claim as “baseless and idiotic.’’

The former governor said that he could not have demanded for such amount when he left N75billion in the coffers of the state.

He said: “The question to ask is I joined PDP in October 2014 and it is three years from now. So, at what point did I start demanding this money, because they are saying that that is the reason I’m now in PDP. Are they saying that if this money was paid to me, that I won’t campaign for PDP or what?”

“It is on record in this country, it is documented and I can prove it with every clear documented evidence that when I left office, I left over N25 billion in local investment for Anambra State. I left over N25 billion in cash at the banks, and I left $156 million in the bank in Nigeria.

“Do you think anybody can leave such money and then go to tell the person he is handing over to give him N7 billion, when I left over N75 billion? I would have taken it first and then give them the balance and I will still be in good shape.

“Let me use the dollar as example. Nobody has ever left one dollar in any state in Nigeria. I left $156 million. $30 million alone is over N7 billion. If I had taken $36 million and left $120million, I would have still been a champion. So, why will I leave the money and go and beg the person to start giving me peanut? I will take it.

“It is madness for anybody to do it. Not even in a family business. I cannot leave money and then start chasing my brother to give me, not to talk of handing over to somebody who is not my brother, who can change tomorrow. I have never — I’m a Christian, I’m not supposed to swear, but I can put my hand on the Bible and say I’ve never discussed with anybody to be paid any amount. Let Obiano himself come and let’s go before any church or anything and swear. I have never done that and I will never do it.”

On the controversy that has trailed the PDP governorship primaries in the state, the former Anambra State governor argued that such controversy was not strange.
He insisted that primaries all over the world were often greeted with discontent and controversies.

He assured that the disagreements would be resolved soon.


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