Kwankwaso, Amaechi, oth­ers bought their way to APC with N100m each — Ba­farawa

From Uth­man Abubakar & Abubakar Auwal (Sokoto), Hamza Idris & Is­mail Mu­dashir (Abuja) & Romoke Ahmad (Ilorin)

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Aformer gov­er­nor of Sokoto State, Al­haji At­tahiru Dal­hatu Ba­farawa, yes­ter­day said the rul­ing All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC), is the ‘mother of cor­rup­tion’.

Speak­ing in an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view with Daily Trust in Sokoto, Ba­farawa said APC is the “ar­chi­tect of the en­dur­ing rift be­tween it and some of its top­notch mem­bers” which, ac­cord­ing to him, was caus­ing the coun­try im­mense loss of progress.

“APC gov­ern­ment says it is fight­ing cor­rup­tion, but it is the mother of cor­rup­tion; it has been the mother of cor­rup­tion since the day it opened its gates to those five gov­er­nors from the new PDP,” he said.

It would be re­called that in 2014, about seven PDP gov­er­nors re­volted against their party and formed a fac­tion, the nPDP, there­after, five of them de­fected to the APC ahead of the gen­eral elec­tions.

Those that moved in­clude Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano), Aliyu Ma­gatakarda Wa­makko (Sokoto), Ro­timi Amaechi (Rivers), Mur­tala Nyako (Adamawa) and Ab­dul­fa­tah Ahmed (Kwara).

Ba­farawa ac­cused them of al­legedly buy­ing their way into the APC and there­after turned all the rules in their favour.

Ba­farawa said, “When they (five gov­er­nors) came into the APC, they were warmly re­ceived be­cause they had the money to con­trib­ute N100 mil­lion each.

“When I, a found­ing mem­ber and act­ing chair­man of the party’s con­sti­tu­tion draft­ing com­mit­tee queried why they were ex­pressly al­lowed en­try, I was bluntly told they had money to give. I then of­fered to also con­trib­ute N100 mil­lion but my own con­tri­bu­tion was re­jected.

“Those five gov­er­nors en­tered APC to cor­rupt the party, and they suc­ceeded in do­ing so. This is why I say APC is the mother of cor­rup­tion,” he said.

Ba­farawa added that “I fore­saw that they would

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hi­jack the party and at­tempt to do what­ever they want. If they are al­lowed to do what­ever they want, there will be prob­lem in the pol­i­tics of the coun­try; if they are not al­lowed, which is the sit­u­a­tion now, there will be a rift be­tween them and the gov­ern­ment, they will be dis­loyal and im­pu­dent to the gov­ern­ment, and this will cost the coun­try im­mense prob­lem in terms of progress.”

The two-term gov­er­nor main­tained that the prob­lem in the APC started from the time some of its found­ing fa­thers were ejected and the struc­tures of the party handed over to the newly ad­mit­ted gov­er­nors who, he al­leged, joined the party for a pur­pose.

He re­called that the con­sti­tu­tion of the party was drafted in his Abuja res­i­dence, and there was no pro­vi­sion that said “sit­ting gov­er­nors should be the lead­ers of the party in their re­spec­tive states.”

Ba­farawa, who said he shared the same po­lit­i­cal ide­ol­ogy with Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari, ad­vised the pres­i­dent to open his doors for con­struc­tive crit­i­cisms.

Re­spond­ing to the al­le­ga­tion, for­mer gov­er­nor Wa­makko, speak­ing through his for­mer aide, Al­haji Abubakar Cika Umar, asked Ba­farawa to go and clear him­self of the arms scan­dal.

“He is a shame­less per­son; other­wise, he would not be dish­ing out false­hood when he has a se­ri­ous al­le­ga­tion dan­gling on him. He is be­ing ac­cused of par­tic­i­pat­ing in the cor­ner­ing of the arms money and we all know the di­ver­sion of the arms money con­trib­uted to the es­ca­la­tion of the in­sur­gency.

“The di­ver­sion of the funds led to the killing of in­no­cent per­sons, turned thou­sands of chil­dren to or­phans and made many women to be­come wid­ows,” he said in a phone in­ter­view.

Ba­farawa is one of politi­cians that are be­ing probed over the di­ver­sion of arms funds. It was re­ported that he col­lected N4.6bn from the for­mer NSA Sambo Da­suki.

Also, Gov­er­nor Ahmad, through his Se­nior Spe­cial As­sis­tant on Me­dia, Dr. Muideen Ako­rede, said, “All the al­le­ga­tions were not true be­cause none of the five gov­er­nors at the time paid any amount to join the APC.

“In Kwara for in­stance, our po­lit­i­cal struc­ture is an in­de­pen­dent one, which made it pos­si­ble for us to move into the party in mass. We didn’t dis­lodge any mem­ber of the APC but only gave life to it,” he said.

Also, Ha­jiya Binta Sipikin, an aide to Kwankwaso, said her prin­ci­pal will not join is­sues with Ba­farawa.

“Se­na­tor Kwankwaso is se­ri­ously at­tend­ing to na­tional is­sues for the bet­ter­ment of Nige­ri­ans. This is not time for pol­i­tick­ing but a time to con­sol­i­date the gains of the APC,” she said.

Al­haji At­tahiru Ba­farawa

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