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EFCC Probes PDP’s 2015 Campaign Donors

Posted: Apr 23, 2016 at 4:07 am   /   by   /   comments (1)

Nicholas Uwerunonye

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, may have began probe of all donors to the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) 2015 presidential election campaign in a bid to authenticate the source of the N2.5 billion, allegedly wired last year to the account of Senator Nenadi Usman, director, Jonathan Campaign Organisation, who was a guest at the commission on Thursday in Abuja.
Wilson Uwujaren, head of media and publicity for the EFCC told Independent, that Usman was ‘invited’ to clear the air on the series of strange money transfer to her accounts.
“It is too early to tell the nature of the transactions but what we can say is that the matter is still very much under investigation as we speak,” Uwujaren said.
The paper however learnt that EFCC may have started looking up for donors of the N21 billion allegedly raised by the PDP in December 2014 for the presidential election. This is believed to be in connection with claims from Senator Usman that some monies actually came from the party’s fund raiser in 2014.
“The commission has to check out all claims made in connection with the said money,” explained an insider at the EFCC.
PDP, then ruling party in 2014 set tongues wagging after it claimed to have raised N21 billion from both party stakeholders and individuals across the country. The money, according to PDP, was meant to support former President Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign bid for the 2015 presidential election which he lost.
By the party’s account at the time, the breakdown of how the money was generated, showed that some players in the oil and gas sector announced a donation of N5 billion; real estate and building donated N4 billion; transport and aviation, N1 billion; food and agriculture, N500 million; power, N500 million; construction, N310 million; road construction, N250 million; National Automotive Association, N450 million; while Shelter Development Limited announced N250 million.
Also, prominent individuals in the party and friends of PDP also made donations.
Jerry Gana, the chairman of the fundraising committee at the time, said his friends and associates in the power sector were donating N5 billion.
The first donation at the event was made by the chairman of the occasion, Tunde Ayeni, who announced a donation of N2 billion. He announced that the donated sum consisted of N1 billion donated by him and his partner, and another N1 billion contributed by their unnamed friends.
The PDP Governors’ Forum announced a total donation of N1.05 billion, while the Bauchi State governor, Isa Yuguda, who spoke on behalf of the PDP governors, said each of the 21 governors would donate N50 million each.
The SIFAX Group announced N100 million donation, while the PDP stakeholders in Rivers State supported Jonathan’s bid with N50 million. The states on the board of the Niger Delta Development Commission donated a total of N15 million, amongst others.
EFCC, as learnt would be reaching out to these individuals to clarify if such money were donated. However, preliminary investigation on Nenadi’s arrest, according to reports, appears to have been triggered by the curious transfer made into her account of N2.5 billion.
The money was said to have come from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) into an account designated as
Ministry of External Affairs Library from where money was routed to Usman.
All funds that came from the Presidency during the campaign were believed to have come through Usman.  Usman, who is also a former Minister of State for Finance, had been on the radar of the EFCC for several weeks but she travelled out of the country on March 13, 2016 thereby stalling investigations.
According to impeccable sources at the anti-graft agency, N4bn was transferred from the account of the CBN into a mysterious account known as the Ministry of External Affairs Library. It was reported in March that Usman, on the instructions of a former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party Board of Trustees, Chief Tony Anenih, transferred different sums of money to several individuals and interest groups during the build-up to the last general elections.

Comments (1)

  • Apr 23, 2016 at 8:15 am Kingsley Igho

    I knew this must happen sometimes soon. It is however necessary to extend the probe beyond the opposition otherwise claims of witch hunting become true.

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