• To quiz Anenih, Bode George, others
  • Yuguda implicates party leaders

A MOST critical stage of President
Muhammadu Buhari’s anticorruption
war may have been set,
as the operatives of the Economic
and Financial Crimes Commission,
EFCC have fired its dragnet
on key figures of the Peoples
Democratic Party, PDP involved
in the party’s 2015 electioneering
campaigns, which culminated in
the presidential and governorship
polls held between March and April
this year.
Inside sources confided in
Nigerian Pilot that the probe,
which has already begun with the
collation of information on the key
elements used in the execution
of the campaigns, will in the
second week of January next year
officially commence against former
chairman, Board of Trustees, BoT
of the PDP, Chief Tony Anenih,
Chief Olabode Olabode George
and former minister of works,
Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe
over their alleged involvement
in the campaign funding sleaze
as well as the ongoing arms deal
A highly placed source at the
commission told Nigerian Pilot
during the weekend that the
affected PDP chieftains wallegedly implicated during the cause
of interrogation of former minister of
state for finance, Alhaji Bashir Yuguda
that they benefitted over N600million
from the arms procurement funds.
According to the source, the
embattled former minister of state
for finance didn’t only implicate the
duo in his statement in EFCC, he also
left documentary evidence with the
operatives of the commission to prove
that some funds were given to them
from the arms procurement deal.
He further added that the EFCC
will officially begin the probe of the
affected officers by second week of
January in 2016.
The source further told this medium
that the embattled former minister
allegedly listed George (South-West);
Yerima Abdulahi (North-East); Peter
Odili (South-South); and Attahiru
Bafarawa (North-West) as beneficiaries
of the funds.
Yuguda, in a statement made to the
EFCC, said the money was for the 2015
general elections. Bafarawa, a former
Governor of Sokoto State, has since
admitted receiving N100million.
But Bode George, a former Deputy
National Chairman of the PDP,
denied reports that he had collected
N100million from Dasuki.
In a statement, the PDP leader said,
“Again, I hereby restate forcefully that
I neither collected nor solicited one
farthing from Dasuki or anybody else.
Throughout his tenure as National
Security Adviser, I never met Dasuki
except once or twice when he came to
brief members of the national caucus.”
However, George, on December
13, admitted that he received $30,000
(N5.9m) and not N100million from
Yuguda. His words: “Yuguda gave
me $30,000 to share among ourselves.
Each person received $1,500 including
“We held a series of meetings in
Lagos and the money was used to settle
hotel bills, transport and sittings. So, I
don’t know what Yuguda is talking
about. If the money that was given to
us was stolen, how was I supposed to
The three delegates that represented
Lagos were George; a former
Minister of Works, Senator Adeseye
Ogunlewe; and a former Minister of
Communications, Maj. Gen Tajudeen
Olanrewaju (retd.), Nigerian Pilot
Embattled Ogunlewe also told
journalist that the money they received
was meant for the committee. He said,
“They (Peoples Democratic Party)
set up a committee; a reconciliation
committee after the primaries in the
run in to the 2015 general elections.
“The function of the reconciliation
committee was to go all over South-
West and persuade all those who were
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aggrieved and bring them back into the
party. Is that sharing of money?”
The EFCC, who confided in
Nigerian Pilot however insisted that
in spite of denials from the suspects,
findings by the commission showed
that other sums, apart from the initial
N600million, were diverted into the
campaign fund from the NSA office
and they will be quizzed latest second
week of January next year.
He said, “The commission is looking
into the funding of the presidential
campaign of the former president.
Some of the money that was spent
came from the NSA office during this
festive period.
“We have been looking into the
bank accounts of those involved in the
PDP campaign fund and more names
will be revealed in the coming weeks.
Yuguda was not the only person
that shared the campaign funds and
the money involved was more than
N600million.There are strong links
between the campaign fund and the
NSA’s office.”
Efforts to reach the commission’s
spokesman, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren,
failed as his mobile phone was not
going through.
The commission had on Monday
last week arraigned the past National
Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, and
two others before a Federal Capital
Territory High Court in Maitama,
Abuja. They were arraigned for
alleged misappropriation of funds
meant for the purchase of arms.
Those arraigned along with
Dasuki were a former Director of
Finance and Administration in the
office of the NSA, Shuaibu Salisu,
and Aminu Baba-Kusa. Baba-
Kausa’s two firms – Acacia Holdings
Ltd and Reliance Referral Hospital
Limited – were also indicted.
The accused pleaded not guilty
to all the 19 counts involving
misappropriation of about N32bn
when the charges were read to
them before Justice Yusuf Baba on
Justice Baba Yusuf later granted
pdpbail in the sum of N250millon with
one surety to Dasuki and others
being prosecuted along with him.
But Dasuki and Salisu are to
remain in EFCC custody to wait
for the ruling of Justice Peter Affen
of the same FCT High Court in
Abuja on their bail application with
respect to another set of 22 counts of
misappropriation of about N13bn
arms fund.
Other accused persons who are
also awaiting the ruling of the
court fixed for Monday are former
Governor Bafarawa, his son, Sagir
Attahiru; a firm Dalhatu Investment
and a former Minister of State for
Finance, Bashir Yuguda respectivelyere

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