There are strong indications that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) may go after more stalwarts of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) across the states, who were alleged to have benefited from the $115 million said to have been lodged in Fidelity Bank Plc., by a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke.
New Telegraph gathered from highly placed sources that operatives of the anti-graft agency will, in the coming days, invite more beneficiaries of the $115 million funds. The source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said:
“You are aware that the commission has invited representatives of some states, who benefited from the sharing of the money ($115m) lodged by Diezani in Fidelity Bank Plc. “Well, I can assure you that in the coming days and weeks, more politicians of the then party in government, who benefited in the sharing, will be asked to come and answer questions,” he said. Asked to comment on the allegation in some quarters, that the ongoing corruption war is largely selective, the source said:
“Such claims cannot be substantiated in the face of glaring and overwhelming evidence the commission is confronting the suspects with.” So far, operatives of the EFCC have interrogated a former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Aminu Wali (Kano); former Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Nurudeen Muhammad (Jigawa State); former Cross River State Governor, Senator Liyel Imoke and Ntufam John Okon (Cross River State), and retired Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga (Akwa Ibom).
Others are: former Minister of State for Finance, Ambassador Bashir Yuguda (Zamfara), an ex-Minister of Mines and Steel, Arch. Musa Muhammad Sada (Katsina), as well as a former Minister of State for Agriculture, Asabe Asmau Ahmed (Niger).
The commission has also quizzed an erstwhile Deputy Governor of Edo State, Chief Lucky Imasuen, as well as former Secretary to the Edo State Government (SSG), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu. Also interrogated are the Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of Fidelity Bank Plc., Mr. Nnamdi Okonkwo, Sterling Bank Plc., and that of Access Bank Plc., respectively.
Sada had been quizzed over N700 million he allegedly received from the campaign funds so also Mrs. Ahmed, over N450 million she allegedly collected on behalf of Niger State PDP from the $115 million.
The anti-graft agency had quizzed Wali, who was alleged to have received N950 million for Kano State chapter of the PDP, and Muhammad, who allegedly got N500 million on behalf of Jigawa State PDP.
Other stalwarts of the PDP, who have recently been interrogated over campaign funds, are a former Minister of Finance and Director of Finance of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, Mrs. Esther Nenadi Usman, as well as an exminister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode.
While Usman was alleged to have received about N2.5 billion in her capacity as the Director of Finance of the campaign organisation Fani-Kayode, who is still in EFCC custody, received N840 million, as the Director of Media and Publicity of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation.
Former Minister of State for Finance, Ambassador Bashir Yuguda, was also quizzed over allegations that he collected N450 million from the campaign funds. The Cross River State Chairman of the PDP, Mr. Ntufam John Okon, was arrested by the commission for allegedly receiv-ing N500 million campaign funds.
New Telegraph also learnt that operatives of the commission have interrogated a former Deputy Governor of Edo State, Chief Lucky Imasuen, as well as former Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu. It was learnt authoritatively that the duo was quizzed for allegedly collecting the sum of N700 million from the same fund.