Former president Goodluck Jonathan has been linked to a hundred million naira campaign fund giving to a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Olu Falae prior to the 2015 election.
According to The Punch a source in the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Falae submitted an email correspondence between him and former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party’s Board of Trustees, Chief Tony Anenih.
The email was tendered as evidence in the probe linking him to the N100m funds.
In the email, Anenih was said to have mentioned that he was acting on the instruction of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
The EFCC source said that in the email dated March 2015, Anenih, who played a supervisory role in the Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Organisation, informed Falae that N100m had been approved by Jonathan and would be handed over to him (Falae).
A source at the EFCC said, “In the email, Anenih told Chief Falae, who is the Chairman of the SDP that N100m had been approved by President Jonathan as part of the agreement between the PDP and the SDP ahead of the presidential election.
“He further urged Falae to provide an account which the money would be paid into.”
The money given to Falae by Anenih, was said to have emanated from the imprest account of the Office of the National Security Adviser in the Central Bank of Nigeria.
The money was credited into the 1000627022, on March 25, 2015 of Marreco Limited United Bank for Africa Plc, where Falae is chairman.
A spokesman for Falae, Mr. Alfa Mohammed, who spoke on phone confirmed that the elder statesman had submitted all correspondence between Falae and the PDP.
He said, “We had a letter of agreement between the PDP and the SDP regarding cooperation between the two parties for the election. There was an email from Anenih stating that Mr. President (Jonathan) told him to transfer the money to that effect.
“We have submitted everything to the EFCC, but the EFCC has not deemed it fit to invite Anenih which shows that it is people within the All Progressives Congress that are just trying to rubbish the image of Chief Falae, who has served meritoriously as a permanent secretary, a SGF and a finance minister.”
The Media Adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Mr. Ikechukwu Eze, could not be reached to get his reaction.
Similar attempts to speak with Anenih’s spokesman, Mr. Ojeifo Sufuyan, also proved abortive.
However, in a letter he had personally written to the EFCC in January, Anenih admitted that he received N260m for Jonathan’s election campaign out of which he gave Falae N100m.
He, however, maintained that the ex-President still owed him N180m.
Anenih had said, “I was not in a position to ask the former President how he was going to source the fund. I was not a direct beneficiary of the sum of N260m that was a part refund of the money I spent on the president’s instructions.
“A sum of N63 million was disbursed to a northern group, led by elder statesman, Alhaji Tanko Yakassai, for mobilisation and post-election peace advocacy in that part of the country.
“N100m was given to the National Chairman of the SDP, Chief Olu Falae, to enable the party to mobilise support and votes for the PDP presidential candidate since the SDP did not have a candidate for the election.”
Dolapo is a writer and journalist who works with YNaija. He has interests in Christianity, politics and sports.