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Armsgate: Ogun SDP Disowns Falae Over N100m Dasuki Donation

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The Ogun State chapter of the Social Democratic Party has dissociated itself from the N100m allegedly taken by its National Chairman, Chief Olu Falae, to support the Peoples Democratic Party during the March 2015 general elections.

The alleged bribe money had been linked with the controversial arms deal.

The party, in a statement on Sunday jointly signed by the state Chairman, Chief Olu Agemo, and the Secretary, Clement Adeniyi, and made available to journalists in Abeokuta, disclaimed the former Secretary to the Federal Government, saying that Falae was on his own over the issue.

Falae, who had confirmed receiving the money, however, claimed he never knew the money given to him was from the money meant for the purchase of arms to prosecute the war against the Boko Haram insurgents, under the former National Security Adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Sambo Dasuki.

According to the party, ”We were never informed by the National Secretariat of our party of the decision to adopt former President Goodluck Jonathan or any other candidate as the party’s presidential candidate.

“That, we were never informed of any donation of funds to the party by the PDP or any other party.

“That the SDP in Ogun State did not receive any financial or campaign logistics assistance from the national secretariat of our party or any of its principal officers.

“That in April 2015 we made our position clear on the sources of our campaign funding through advertisement in the Guardian, Vanguard, Punch and Tribune newspapers of Monday April 20, before the current revelation.

“We plead with our members and supporters who have received this untoward revelation with great shock to remain calm and await the convocation of a general meeting where these issues shall be thoroughly discussed and appropriate decisions taken,” the statement read.

“We assure you that the SDP in Ogun will continue to operate within ethical and moral norms as laid out in the principles of Progressive Welfarism established by our progenitor, Chief Obafemi Awolowo in the struggle to establish an egalitarian, peaceful and equitable nation”, the statement read.