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I don’t know source of Dariye’s N66m donation to PDP ~Party Chieftain Tells Court

By Maxwell Adeyemi Adeleye

Plateau PDP Deputy Chairman Maichibi Bwarji has told an Abuja FCT High Court that he has no knowledge of the source of Joshua Dariye’s N66 million donations in 2001.

Bwarji made this known during a cross examination by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Prosecutor, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), on Thursday.

The witness was shown the former Plateau governor’s statement where Dariye claimed that “PDP collected the sum of N66 million for 274 wards’’.

He said that party’s National chairman had told the Plateau state party chairman during NEC meeting in Abuja that the money was disbursed to fund the party.

Bwarji said the money was distributed to the 17 local government chairmen to disburse to the various wards and that the money was received by the financial secretary and given to the treasurer of the party.

He denied knowledge of the source of Dariye’s donation, adding: “as far as I am concerned, if donation is made to the party by a member of the party, it is accepted.’’

He also said that as long as it is government money, “it’s the party of the government.’’

Justice Adebukola Banjoko adjourned the case till Oct. 17 for continuation of defence

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