From Ayo Oyole
The Taraba Progressive Movement, a group in the All Progressive Congress APC has called on the screening committee in Northeast not to clear any aspirants having corruption case with the EFCC, linked with the infamous 2015 armed deal.
The group specifically calls on the leadership of the party and President Buhari to stop Alhaji Sani Abubakar Danlandi whose currently an aide of the Senate President Bukola Saraki, and a former Minister under Goodluck Jonathan, Joel Ikenya from participating from the party’s primary election.
The group in a statement signed by its Coordinator, Muhammad Umar warns that the party should not risk out its ticket to personalities with cases in court.
“Sani Danlandi has the Acting governor of Taraba and Ikenya has a Minister both of them received billions from Dansuki to coordinated the campaign of the PDP in 2015 and are currently been investigated by the EFCC.”
Umar said members of the APC are worried that if any of these aspirants emerged the party candidate it will rubbish it’s chances of winning the election at the general poll.
“It’s a general believe that these two aspirants are only interested in the party’s ticket to stop their case with EFCC not really on winning the election.”
“One of the cardinal focus of the APC is to fight corruption, giving our tickets to people with pending EFCC cases will rubbish President Buhari’s anti corruption crusade and a ridicule of EFCC efforts to bring culprits to justice.
The group also wondered what will be fate of the party if a candidate with a pending court case is eventually convicted before the general election.
”We must save our party from looters who are coming to get undue immunity against anti corruption agencies with the party’s ticket, our stands remains solid- any aspirant with corruption cases must be stopped in the interest of the party.”