The Nation reports that some former and serving members of the now opposition party may have to return the money distributed to them under the previous administration for the purpose of seeking re-election.
Such PDP figures and the amount allegedly distributed to them include:
Bode George, (N100m /$30,000)
Yerima Abdullahi; (N100m /$30,000)
Peter Odili; (N100m /$30,000)
Attahiru Bafarawa; (N100m /$30,000)
Jim Nwobodo; (N100m /$30,000)
Ahmadu Ali, (N100m /$30,000)
Mahmud Aliyu Shinkafi (N100m /$30,000)
Bello Sarkin Yaki (N200m);
Tony Anenih (N260m);
Iyorchia Ayu’s company ( N345m)
Dalhatu Investment Limited(N1.5billion);
A former presidential aide also revealed how Jonathan ordered the former national security adviser, Sambo Dasuki, to distribute money saying that “most of the party leaders were always going to the former President Goodluck Jonathan for assistance in preparation for the 2015 poll. The usual refrain of Jonathan was ‘leave your account details with my aide’ and after some days, they got alert without cross checking where the money came from.
“The ex-president would thereafter send the bank details and instructions to the former National Security Adviser, Mr. Sambo Dasuki to disburse from the security votes and other funds in ONSA.
“I think he might have given verbal instructions in most cases but there is sufficient evidence of a few requests forwarded to the ex-NSA from the Villa.”
While answering why the office of the ex-NSA was saddled with the responsibility of spending of funds, the source added: “the ONSA used to manage the president’s security votes, operation and maintenance of the Presidential Fleet and other exigencies including special welfare of ex-Presidents/ Heads of State.
“The ex-NSA got involved because Jonathan discovered that each time he directed that funds be disbursed, most beneficiaries were not getting the cash. He had trust in the ex-NSA and decided to saddle him with the responsibility.”
“Some members of the PDP Contact and Mobilization Committee got their share directly from a former National Chairman of the party, Alh. Adamu Muazu at his residence.
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“Some of these funds given to Muazu came from the former Minister of State for Finance, Amb. Bashir Yuguda.
“Yuguda also became part of the disbursement because of the trust reposed in him by the former First Family. In fact, Yuguda got his appointment at the behest of the ex-First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan.
“The former First Lady’s path crossed with Yuguda when the latter was Nigeria’s Ambassador to UAE.
“For always hosting Mrs. Jonathan very well in Dubai, she spotted him as a responsible diplomat and pushed through in making him a Minister. When campaign funds were being mismanaged, the Jonathan opted for Yuguda too because of the ‘trust’ he had in him. Old friendship and loyalty made Yuguda to be part of this scandal rocking the nation.”
President Muhammadu Buhari’s government which was elected on the promise to fight the corruption continues its probe of the $2 billion arms procurement scandal.
The former NSA Colonel Sambo Dasuki, the AIT chairman Raymond Dokpesi, the former minister of state for finance Bashir Yuguda among others are being are implicated in the shady deals.
The diverted money was meant to be spent on arms procurement to fight the insurgency in the northeast of the country.
However, Dasuki is said to have spent the stolen money on a number of things including re-election campaigns, real estate, “spiritual purposes”, as well as payments to a number of public officials.