The Peoples Democratic Party on Thursday dissociated itself from the sons of its current Chairman and his predecessor who are facing charges for their involvement in the fuel subsidy scam which set the country back by about N 13 billion. Mamman Nasir and Mahmud sons of Alhaji Ahmadu Ali and Alhaji Bamanga Tukur respectively. The alleged involvement of the two men in the fuel subsidy deal has been a major point of discussion in most parts of the country with many describing it as a moral burden which the PDP would have to cope with.
The party officially reacted to the issue on Thursday through its Deputy National Chairman, Dr. Sam Jaja who disclosed that the matter is not a party affair. Giving reasons for which the two accused persons should not be linked with their parents in the fuel subsidy issue, Jaja said “Mamman Nasir and Mahmud are individuals and should be allowed to bear their cross. There are Governors elected on the platform of the PDP who are facing prosecution as a result of their actions or inactions while in office. So it is not a party thing.
The PDP did not send anybody to go and misbehave. Our chairman’s son 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.
Mahmud is a man of age and he has his household, he has his family. Everybody should be left to account for his own position. So the party cannot just get up and start breathing down on them and begin to condemn them. They will be given equal opportunity to defend themselves in competent court of law. But for now, it would be absolutely premature or prejudicial for the party to begin to condemn them”.