News filtering in now has it that Mr. Tanko Sabo, one of the PDP delegates from Kaduna State in the just concluded PDP primary election has donated his proceed of delegate buying which is put at 12million Naira. This goes to confirm that the widely reported delegates buying by the money bags during the PDP primary election is no longer rumour.
According to Punch Newspaper, the delegate said that donating the money to charity was his pledge to God that if he could make the much sought after PDP delegate list, such money would be donated to charity in his constituency.
In a telephone interview with The PUNCH on Thursday morning, Sabo said he wasn’t afraid that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission might come after him, adding that he “satisfied my conscience and all my people are happy”.
According to him, he made a promise to his constituents to give back whatever monetary benefits he got at the PDP primary if elected as a delegate.
Sabo also refused to divulge the names of the aspirants who gave him such monies but he tersely said, “They are many.”
When our correspondent asked him the aspirant he eventually voted for, Sabo said, “It is personal.”
On how the money was disbursed, the delegate said he paid N6.9 million as “WAEC and NECO examination fees for 150 orphans and the underprivileged” and added that he gave N100,000 as logistics to the five-man committee set up to go round the schools and pay the examination fees because “implementation is important”.
He added that N3.2 million was spent on the purchase of 42 customised jerseys to promote sports among the youths in the area.
Sabo said PDP executives in the 11 wards in his localThe PDP delegate has been trending on social media with many commending his action and describing him as a “delegate with a difference”.
The PUNCH had earlier reported that former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar won the primary on Saturday night. He defeated close rivals like Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike; former Senate President, Bukola Saraki; amongst others.
One of the aspirants, Sam Ohuabunwa, had alleged that delegates could not resist the $10,000, $15,000 and $20,000 offered them by the ‘four leading contestants’, during the party’s presidential special convention in Abuja.
Former Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi, had left the party and quit the contest for reasons he said didn’t align with his principles. Also, another aspirant, Mohammed Hayatu-Deen, quit the contest over “obscene monetisation” allegation.
EFCC operatives had stormed the venue of the primary on Saturday but no one was apprehended.