Former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Board of Trustees (BOT) chairman, Tony Anenih has disclosed to the agents of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) how he shared the N260 million paid into his bank account from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA).
According to Anenih, N63 million was given to a group coordinated by a former Special Assistant to former President Shehu Shagari (National Assembly Liaison), Alhaji Tanko Yakassai, for the 2015 presidential election.
The elder statesman told EFCC that he didn’t benefit from the money, but that he only shared it, following instructions.
A highly-placed source in EFCC told The Nation that “Chief Tony Anenih has written the EFCC on how he disbursed N260million from ONSA to various groups, including a team being coordinated by Tanko Yakassai.
“Anenih specifically indicated in the letter that N63million was given to Yakassai’s group. He mentioned a few others whose identities we will not disclose until our investigation has reached an appreciable stage.
“We will unveil the names of all the beneficiaries of the N260million soon. But we are at a level that we need to invite Yakassai to shed more light on why his group was allocated N63million arms funds.”
The source also added: “Besides the letter, we will invite Anenih to make a Statement on Oath and for interrogation.”
Meanwhile, Elder Statesman, Tanko Yakasai on Wednesday, January 6, confirmed that Chief Anenih gave him and 8 other prominent northerners N53 million for advocacy visit to northern traditional rulers to mobilised their subjects for hitch free 2015 general election, Vanguard reports.
According to him, “yes, myself and 8 others collected N53m from chief Tony Anenih to pay advocacy visit to prominent northern emirs to mobilised their subjects for a hitch free 2015 general elections”.
Yakasai, who vehemently denied link between the fund and campaigns for former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, stated that the N53m disbursed to his team by the Benin High Chief catered for the group’s members allowances, transportation and hotels accommodation on a tour that took them to 18 states in the north.
He listed former minister of state, foreign Affairs, Alhaji Mamman Anka, Barrister Bitrus Gwada, Dr Bahago, Chief John Macklink from Plateau, and Senator Sodangi and Alhaji Suleiman Lawal as beneficiaries of the money.