by ‘Jola Sotubo
The Presidency has dropped money laundering charges against Mohammed Abacha, son of late dictator, Sani Abacha after a deal was made to recover a sum of $227m (About N35.2bn) from Liechtenstein.
Mohammed was charged with laundering N446.3 billion and reports have it that he was given the all-clear so that he could contest the Kano governorship elections on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) next year.
The PDP is said to be planning to get back Kano from the opposition and the younger Abacha is an integral part of that plan.
Nigerian Eye reports:
Competent sources revealed that Wednesday’s withdrawal of the money laundering charge against Abacha was aimed at giving him a clean bill to be able to run as PDP gubernatorial candidate in the next election.
A close associate of the family admitted, yesterday, that the Abachas were very excited about the withdrawal of the case against Mohammed by the Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke, and that he would likely proceed with his gubernatorial campaign programme.
Some well wishers were also said to have stopped by on Wednesday and yesterday to congratulate Abacha and sympathise with him over his lingering trial by the government.
A top source in Kano explained, yesterday, that the Presidency, which considers Mohammed Abacha as one of the most influential young politicians in Kano, had primed him to challenge the rising political clout of Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso and secure victory for PDP in 2015.
The feeling in the Presidency is that with the appointment of the former Kano governor, Ibrahim Shekarau as a minister and the quashing of the charge against Abacha, it would be possible for them to whittle Kwankwanso’s political influence and make PDP take over Kano in the next election.
In preparation for the takeover of the mantle of power by Abacha, his giant, colourful and intimidating campaign posters have been placed by the side of the Kano State PDP Secretariat along New Court Road, Jedi Jedi Quarters of Kano metropolis in addition to opening of his campaign office along Audu Bako Way, also in the city.
A Kano politician described Mohammed Abacha as someone who enjoys a very “smooth relationship and support of the youths of the town” and also has a deep understanding of the politics of the state.
The politician said: “Let me tell you, the junior Abacha enjoys the support of the people and also has a good working relationship with Shekarau.”