From Taiwo Amodu, Abuja
Following the threat of the Islamic sect, Boko Haram to eliminate the Borno State chairman of the PDP, Baba Basharu chieftains of the PDP in the state have started relocating to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
A chieftain of the party in the state, who was a former House of Representatives Minority Leader, Mohamed Kumalia, however, denied that stalwarts of the party were behind the sect insurgence in the state.
A member of PDP from Borno state, Senator, Mohammed Ali Ndume was recently arrested and arraigned by the State Security Service (SSS) following claims by detained spokesman of the sect, Ali Sauda Umar Konduga (a.k.a Usman al-Zawahiri) that the lawmaker is one of their financiers.
Reacting to the arrest of Senator Ndume, Mohammed Kumalia, said at the PDP national secretariat yesterday that there was no substance in the claims of Konduga that the PDP is using Boko Haram to cause confusion in Borno State as part of strategies to win its subsisting case on the outcome of the April governorship election.
“You win the governorship either through the electoral process or through the election tribunal and not through any other group and we have already gone to the election tribunal to reclaim our mandate”, he said.
He expressed regretted that the name of the late Ambassador Sa’idu Pinda was dragged into the Boko Haram controversy when the deceased is no longer in a position to defend himself.
“That was a great patriot. He is a man that served this country meritoriously for 32 years in the Nigerian Intelligence Agency and was given national award for his services. Yet, a common criminal who is a well known drug addict is coming out to make false allegations against him. Why was this not brought up when he was still alive and could have defended himself?”, he asked.
He condemned the handling of the case by the SSS and accused the security outfit of bias.
“Assuming, without conceding that what Konduga said was true, why have they (SSS) not deemed it expedient to invite or arrest former governor Ali Modu Sheriff? Afterall, his name was mentioned by Konduga and the spokesperson of SSS. He has been walking the streets a free man. Is he untouchable?
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