Jim Nwobodo ‘He defected to APC to escape justice,’ APC chieftain says

Former governor of old Anambra State, Chief Jim Nwobodo left the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the APC on Friday, January 8, 2016.

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A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Enugu State, Osita Okechukwu has accused former governor of old Anambra State, Chief Jim Nwobodo of defecting to the party to avoid justice due to his connection to the $2.1 billion arms deal fraud.

Nwobodo left the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the APC on Friday, January 8, 2016.

Okechukwu also told Punch that the APC should screen who wished to defect from the PDP.

“Political parties are like churches and mosques; they have open entry. However, there is the need to sieve the defectors. Is it not a paradox that those who are fingered in the Dasukigate scandal, people who rigged and mangled the 2015 general elections, are today wearing the badge of virtue and principle?” he said

“We are not talking of position but pollution of our great party. He (Nwobodo) should first cleanse himself of the Dasukigate scandal. Don’t forget that the first cardinal programme of the APC is war against corruption; it is there in our manifesto.

“My take on his defection into our great party through the window is same with those who classified him as a fugitive of justice, given his involvement in the Dasukigate scandal.

“My investigation showed that up till date, he hasn’t registered in his ward; he was smuggled in by his allies and soul mates in our party, who connived with them in utilising the money from Dasukigate to allocate 14,175 votes to President (Muhammadu) Buhari, less than three per cent of the over 15,000,000 votes garnered by Mr President,” Okechukwu added.

Nwobodo was accused of receiving N500 million out of the looted funds from former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki.

He however denied the reports saying that he only received N100 million from former PDP chairman, Adamu Muazu for “campaign logistics”.

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