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Nenadi Usman: EFCC beams searchlight on PDP’s 2015 Campaign Donors

Posted: Apr 22, 2016 at 8:19 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Nicholas Uwerunonye

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, may have subtly initiated a probe of all donors to the People’s Democratic Party’s 2015 presidential election campaign in a bid to properly authenticate the source of 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 donors of 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, is 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.