Malam Ibrahim Shekarau has been invited by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for an interview over N950 million campaign funds. Shekarau who is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) served as minister of education during the administration of former president Goodluck Jonathan. Daily Trust reports that Shekarau who contested in the presidential election in 2011 was asked to report at the office of the EFCC in Kano on Tuesday, May 10.
“Shekarau was invited and is expected to come to the commission’s office in Kano today (Tuesday), he had accepted that in his acknowledgement.” Shekarau was fingered in the PDP N23bn campaign funds scandal and was invited to provide his own side of the story. EFCC sources alleged that the money was part of $115 million disbursed by another former minister, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke and shared among top PDP politicians in furtherance of the re-election campaign of Jonathan.
Alhaji Aminu Bashir Wali who is the former foreign affairs minister who confirmed receiving N950 million from Diezani on behalf of Kano state during the election implicated Shekarau in his statement to the EFCC. He said the money was meant to conduct electioneering activities for the presidential campaign of PDP during the 2015 general elections. According to him, as party stalwart in the state the national campaign headquarters had sent him the money two days to election for the payment of party agents and other electioneering activities. “It is true I have received N950m in my capacity as party stalwart.
Kano is a very big state and we have used the money in accordance with what it was meant for just like other parties have equally done. “The issue that I am in EFCC’s custody is politically initiated to spoil my good name. “I have been in politics for over 36 years now and I was never found misappropriating party funds not to talk of public funds. ”Had it been I was accused of a crime committed when I was an ambassador in USA or in China “I would have looked at it differently, but this is money sent from the PDP headquarters for presidential campaign and it was apparent that an appeal fund was held and over N20bn was realized.” “I was invited to EFCC to answer some questions on the said money which I did and I have explained everything the same way I did to you, and I am going back to Abuja to continue with my normal activities,” said Wali.
Sources said the anti-graft agency now wants Shekarau to explain his own side of the story. Meanwhile, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode who was also fingered in the disbursement of campaign fund appeared at the office of the EFCC following an invitation. Fani-Kayode was reportedly kept in an underground office where he was interrogated for hours
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