PDP petitions EFCC, accuses Uba Sani of diverting NIRSAL COVID-19 loans


The Peoples Democratic Party, Kaduna State has petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC over allegation that Senator Uba Sani want to use the NIRSAL COVID-19 funds to bribe party executives of the All Progressives Congress in order to secure the ticket of the party.


In a petition addressed to the Chairman of the anti-graft agency, Abdulrasheed Bawa, the Concerned PDP members

alleged that Sani’s action has created political tension in the state.


In a copy of the letter acknowledged by the office of the EFCC boss, which was sighted by our reporter, the group accused the APC of using funds meant for Nigerians to bribe party executives.


The petition added that the APC in the state has “continued to show brazen corruption and lawlessness”.


The group revealed that there are video evidences showing Senator Sani promising to share NIRSAL COVID-19 loans to APC party delegates.


“We hereby urge the EFCC to investigate and sanction urgently the APC and its aspirant, Senator Uba Sani, who are clearly using the elections to commit financial crimes against the people of Kaduna and Nigeria,” a part of the petition signed by Elias Timburk read.


Uba Sani is the Senator representing the Kaduna Central District and one of the governorship aspirants in the APC.

Reacting, Una Sabi in a statement denied the allegation, describing as  “a resort to blackmail, concocting of lies and unnecessary heating up of the Kaduna State political landscape.”


Part of the statement further stated: “It has been brought to the attention of Senator Uba Sani’s Political Organization that an amorphous group that goes by the name “Concerned PDP Members, Kaduna State” has written a petition to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) alleging that our principal has been using public funds for personal political purposes. In particular, they pointed at the Senator’s mobilization of his constituents to access the CBN/NIRSAL COVID 19 funds for households and small businesses as evidence of his use of public funds to influence party delegates.


“We are not surprised at this act of desperation by political opponents using hired hands. Since Senator Uba Sani’s entry into the governorship race, entrenched political forces have become jittery, thus a resort to blackmail, concocting of lies and unnecessary heating up of the Kaduna State political landscape. The petition reeks of crass ignorance. What else can we say of petition writers who are unaware that the CBN/NIRSAL COVID 19 Funds is a Federal Government Intervention to cushion the effect of COVID-19 on vulnerable households and distressed small and medium enterprises. They are not aware that it is a mark of responsiveness for a representative of the people to effectively mobilise them to access such funds.