Former Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BOT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Tony Anenih, has told the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) that former President Goodluck Jonathan is owing him N180 million.
Anenih, in a letter to the EFCC over the arms procurement scandal, stated that he spent over N440 million of his personal money on the failed 2015 re-election bid of Jonathan.
The former Works Minister noted that most of the expenditures were on special political assignments on the instruction of the former president. He said Jonathan only refunded N260 million of the amount spent, leaving a debt of N180 million, which the former president has not paid.
The N260 million refund was made through the office of the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd). An impeccable source told Sunday Telegraph that Anenih told the anti-graft agency that he only provided his account details for the president to enable him to get a refund of the expenditures.
Anenih explained to the EFCC that there was no way he could have asked the former president how he was going to source for the fund. The former minister noted that he was not a direct beneficiary of the N260 million spent on the president’s instruction.
Our sister publication, New Telegraph, had exclusively reported that N100 million was given, each, to former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Chief Olu Falae, and erstwhile governor of Oyo State, Senator Rashidi Ladoja.
Falae and Ladoja collected the money on behalf of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and Accord Party, respectively, to shore up support for PDP and Jonathan in the March 28, 2015 presidential election. Jonathan lost the election to Gen. Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Falae and Ladoja have confirmed the receipt of the money.
Also, a northern group led by Second Republic Presidential Adviser on National Assembly Matters, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai, got N63 million from the N260 million Anenih shared. Yakasai confirmed the receipt of the N63 million. He stated that the money was meant for mobilisation and post-election peace advocacy in the North. Apart from Falae, Ladoja and Yakasai, Anenih stated that he made some out-ofpocket disbursements on the instructions of Jonathan.
These, according to him, include N25 million to the former Deputy Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Muktari Shagari, and N35 million to a delegation of local government leaders from Katsina State. Besides, he stated that he incurred expenses, especially hiring aircraft, on his nationwide tour to reconcile party members. This assignment, according to him, was on the instruction of the former president. Anenih said the expenses have not been refunded till date, according to EFCC sources.
He lamented that despite his efforts to stabilise the party and commitment to post-election peace, he was “pressurised to resign as BoT chair on trumped-up charges of anti-party activities and alleged overbearing influence.”