The Economic Economic and Financial Crimes Commission confirmed on Monday that they have discovered evidences showing that some prominent members of the Peoples Democratic Party, allegedly shared N3.145billion meant for the 2015 presidential campaign.
Femi Fani-kayode; former Secretary to the Government of the Federation and leader of the Social Democratic Party, Olu Falae; a former finance minister, Nenadi Usman; a former Imo state governor, Achike Udenwa; former minister of state for foreign affairs, Viola Onwuliri and politician Okey Ezenwa, are the politicians named in the alleged fraud.
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According to a source at the anti-graft agency who spoke with Premium Times, he confirmed that the money was paid by the Central Bank Nigeria into the account of the Ministry of External Affairs’ Library. It was then moved into the account of a private firm, Joint Trust Dimension Nigeria Limited.
It was from the Joint Dimension’s account with Zenith Bank that the money was shared to various individuals and organizations for purposes that are not stated.
The source further afirmed that Mr. Fani-Kayode, got the lion share of the said money with N840million, paid in three tranches into his Zenith Bank, Maitama branch, with number 1004735721.
N350million, was first paid into his account on February 19, 2015, N250milion was paid into the account on February 19, 2015, while N240million on March 19, 2015. On December 31, 2015, the balanbce in the said account was N189, 402.72, the source added.
Goodluck Support Group, headed by Rufai Alkali, a professor and then special adviser on political matters to Mr. Jonathan, received N320million.
Investigators revealed that Chief Falae, received N100m through Marreco Limited, a company which he is the head of the board of Directors. The money was allegedly paid into his United Bank for Africa Plc account No. 1000627022 on March 25, 2014.
Ex- Governor Udenwa and ex-Minister Viola Onwuliri, received N350million in two tranches. N150million was first paid into their joint account with Zenith bank on January 13, 2015. The second of 200miilion was paid into their account with Diamond bank.
Nenadi Usman allegedly received N36.9million through her Zenith Bank account no. 1000158311, while Okey Ezenwa, the coordinator of the Jonathan/ Sambo 2015 presidential campaign in Anambra state, received N100million.
According to an investigator:
But as things stand, the fact that most of the payments were made in the weeks preceding the last presidential election leaves very little to the imagination.
Upon being contacted by Premium Times, Mr. Fani-Kayode confirmed the discovery saying the funds were paid into his account by Nenadi Usman, who was director of finance of the Goodluck Jonathan campaign.
The campaign asked me to open an account for my campaign directorate, which I did. They then paid the money in for the assignment I was given. I asked them where the money came from. They said it was from private contribution for the Jonathan campaign. I believed them, and I had no way of knowing exactly where the money came from.
As far as I’m concerned, it was campaign funds, and the money was used for the purpose for which it was meant. And we accounted for it to the man who gave us a job to do, President Jonathan.
Nenadi Usman, was however unavailable as her telephone was switched off the several times reporters called.