PDP disowns chieftains’ sons facing trialHeadlines, Party Politics, Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP) Friday, July 27th, 2012
The Peoples’ Democratic Party [PDP] National Working Committee (NWC) yesterday declared that it would not intercede on behalf of any of its chieftains, or their children facing prosecution over alleged fuel subsidy fraud.
They were arraigned at two Lagos High Courts yesterday. Among those charged by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) were Alhaji Mahmud Tukur and Mamman Nasir Ali, who are Chief Executives of Eterna Oil and Gas Plc and Nasaman Oil Services, respectively. While Mahmud is the son of the incumbent National Chairman of PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, Nasir is the son of Tukur’s predecessor Ahmadu Ali .
Over N13.4 billion was allegedly collected by marketers and their companies, from the Federal Government under the Petroleum Support Fund (PSF) using false documents. But reacting to their predicament yesterday in a press briefing , the Deputy National Chairman, Dr Sam Sam Jaja, said that the party would not interfere in their prosecutions, as he noted that they were not sent by the party to commit the alleged crime.
“On the issue of some PDP members being involved in oil subsidy, these are individuals, everybody bear its own cross, there were governors who are now facing prosecution as a result of their actions and inactions, so it is not a party thing. PDP did not send anybody to go and misbehave. Even if you mention my Chairman’s son, he is up to age, assuming he is to go to jail, they will not come and jail the National Chairman, because he did not send him….he [Mahmud Tukur] is a man of age and he has a household. He has his family.
Everybody accounts for his own position and of course, it has been mentioned, until they proved guilty they still remain innocent, so, the party cannot just get out and breath down on them and begin to condemn them. They will be given equal opportunity to defend themselves in competent court of law, until they are found guilty, then the party will come out and take a position. But for the party to now begin to condemn them is absolutely premature and prejudiced.”
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