It has been said that the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Iyorchia Ayu got help from Abubakar Atiku to overcome the trouble he faced over the N405m he received from Colonel Sambo Dasuki, the then National Security Adviser to then President, Goodluck Jonathan in the $2 billion arms fraud, also known as Dasuki gate.
Ayu was one of the several beneficiaries who Dasuki shared the money earmarked for procurement of arms to prosecute war against terrorism in northeast under Jonathan.
The arms money was diverted into campaign for Jonathan’s re-election bid in 2015, which was unsuccessful.
The PDP chieftain and several of the partakers in the loot have since been having their days in court with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC as the prosecutor.
But Ayu extricated himself from the trouble this year ahead of his emergence as PDP chair having returned his share to the coffer of the federal government, an act Premium Times broke the news in May.
The latest report, is that he owed the refund to Atiku, going by an unnamed source, who told Punchng of it in justification that the PDP chair would be bias against Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike.
The publication quoted the sources as saying, “Within the party, it is common knowledge that Ayu is supporting Atiku because the presidential candidate was instrumental to his election as party chairman. When Ayu had issues with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over the more than N400m arms fund he received from the former Goodluck Jonathan administration for the 2015 election campaign, it was Atiku that bailed him out.”
Wike and Atiku have been at war that has become serious after the PDP Presidential candidate passed over the Rivers governor for his running mate, which was a fresh pain to the fiery governor having lost in the party primary earlier to the former Vice-President.