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N3.1b Fraud: Confusion Hits Goodluck Jonathan’s Camp

Reports says confusion has hit the camp of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan over the N3.1 billion allegedly shared by six Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chiefs.

Recall that beneficiaries named so far include a former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode (N840m); a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation and leader of the Social Democratic Party, Chief Olu Falae(N100m); a former Imo State Governor, Chief Achike Udenwa and a former Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Viola Onwuliri(N350m) and Okey Ezenwa(N100m).

The EFCC said it uncovered how N3.145b was paid into the accounts of six PDP chieftains and the Goodluck Support Group (GSG) by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in the build-up to the last presidential elections.

Fresh report says some of the beneficiaries ran to Dr Jonathan but he insisted that he will not bail out any minister or public officer involved in the deal.

According to The Nation newspaper which quoted a top source said: “There is confusion in Jonathan’s camp. Many top members of the campaign committee were dazed that such huge cash was shared without any general information.

“Some of them have volunteered to testify against some of the beneficiaries if the EFCC digs deeper. They have been threatening to expose other dirty deals.

“Also, ex-President Jonathan has stayed away from the matter. One of the beneficiaries went to the ex-President for a bailout but the former leader said he will ‘not assist anybody but they should go and return whatever was given to them’.

“The beneficiary was said to have diverted N500million out of the N2billion, which he was to remit to the committee. He only gave out N1.5billion. The case of some public officers involved in the deal was worse because the former President has asked everyone to bear his or her own cross.

“As it is now, those given the cash will have to look for ways to refund it.”

Also, some members of the committee have also threatened to reveal other public funds made available which were diverted by some stalwarts of the party.

Recall that a former minister has sneaked out of the country as investigation into the source of the N3.145b fund of the campaign of former President Goodluck Jonathan closes in.


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