By Adeola Oladele
The National Leader of Accord Party, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, may have been drawn into the $2.1 billion arms procurement saga as the Accord party has admitted that it collected N100 million from the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party, Tony Anenih, for it to support the candidacy of former President Goodluck Jonathan in the March 28, 2015 presidential election.
The money has been traced to the $2.1 billion meant for the purchase of arms and ammunition by a former National Security Adviser, retired Colonel Sambo Dasuki.
In a statement on Friday by its National Secretary, Hon. Nureni Adisa, Accord party said the money was passed to it through its National Leader and governorship candidate in Oyo State, Ladoja.
In the statement dated January 8, 2015, the party stated: “Our attention has been drawn to a newspaper report that the sum of One Hundred Million Naira was released to the ACCORD leader, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, by Chief Tony Anenih, the (former) Chairman BoT of the PDP.
“We confirm that the sum of One Hundred Million Naira was given to the Party through our leader after series of meetings between the leadership of ACCORD and Chief Tony Anenih in preparation for the 2015 general elections.
“The following issues were discussed at the meetings:
The need to support the Presidential candidate of the PDP since ACCORD had no Presidential candidate.
The need to ensure that peace was maintained to enhance peaceful movement during periods of campaign, elections and after the elections.
The need for the PDP to support ACCORD campaign effort.
“Accordingly, the PDP (former) BoT Chairman, Chief Tony Anenih released the sum of One Hundred Million Naira for these purposes through our leader, Senator Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja.
“The money released was accordingly used for the purposes as stated above.”