N23bn Campaign Fund: Former Kaduna State Gov., Kano Guber Candidate Arrested

Former Kaduna State Governor, Alhaji Lamaran Yaro and the Kano State governorship candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2015 general elections, Alhaji Salihu Sagir Takai have been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Yero was arrested for his alleged involvement in the sharing of N700million allocated to Kaduna State out of the $115m deposited in Fidelity Bank by the immediate past Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, during the 2015 general elections, those familiar with the matter said.

He is one of the former Governors in the last administration who are being investigated by the anti-graft agency.

Sources said the former Governor was picked up in Kaduna on Monday and whisked to the Kano office of the EFCC where he is being interrogated.

Those in the know said Yero was arrested after two top PDP officials implicated him.

The official, Nuhu Wya (a former minister of state for power) and Haruna Gaya (PDP chairman in Kaduna State), had reportedly told investigators that they handed over the N700million sent to the state to the former governor.

Both Yero and Takai were said to have spent the night at the commission zonal office in Kano.

It was gathered that the Secretary of PDP in Kano, Alhaji Auwalu Ibrahim Danzabuwa was also arrested.

A PDP Chieftain in Kano, Alhaji Musa Iliyasu Kwankwaso, said they were trying to meet the bail conditions laid down by the commission to free them.

However, Kwankwaso condemned the EFCC’s action, saying the commission was only rendering selective justice in its operations.

He said: “If the commission is serious about the fight against corruption, it should extend its operation to some APC members because they too shared campaign money during last general elections. This campaign fund is a tradition in Nigerian politics and all political parties did the same thing in 2015 election.”

He wondered why only PDP members are being investigated by the commission, while the APC’s were allowed to go about their normal business.

He said: “On Monday, some operatives of the commission have stormed our party’s campaign office and conducted a search. They were accompanied by the party’s secretary Auwalu Ibrahim Danzabuwa to our office for the search. This is injustice being mated against PDP members.”

Author: News Editor

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