According to multiple online sources, yesterday, EFCC investigators said they had uncovered evidence showing how some people allegedly shared N3.145billion in the build up to the 2015 presidential election. They’re: former aviation minister and director of media for the Goodluck Jonathan Campaign organization, Femi Fani-kayode.
Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation and leader of the SDO, Olu Falae; a former finance minister, Nenadi Usman; a former Imo state governor, Achike Udenwa; former minister of state for foreign affairs, Viola Onwuliri and politician Okey Ezenwa.
The money was paid by the CBN into the account of the Ministry of External Affairs’ Library, from where it was moved into the account of a private firm, Joint Trust Dimension Nig. Ltd, with Zenith Bank from where it was shared. Fani-Kayode was the alleged chief beneficiary, receiving N840m, paid in 3 tranches into his Zenith Bank, Maitama branch, with number 1004735721.
The first tranche of payment of N350m was made on February 19, 2015. Another N250m was on February 19, 2015 while N240m moved into the account on March 19, 2015. The balance on this account as at December 31, 2015 was N189, 402.72. When contacted by PREMIUM TIMES, Fani-Kayode said:
“The funds were paid into my account by Nenadi Usman, who was director of finance of the Goodluck Jonathan campaign. The campaign asked me to open an account for my campaign directorate, which I did. They then paid the money in for the assignment I was given. I asked them where the money came from.
They said it was from private contribution for the Jonathan campaign. I believed them, and I had no way of knowing exactly where the money came from. As far as I’m concerned, it was campaign funds, and the money was used for the purpose for which it was meant. And we accounted for it to the man who gave us a job to do, President Jonathan.”