NNPC Speaks On Funding Buhari’s Re-election Campaigns
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has reacted in denial to a report making the rounds that its Group Managing Director, Dr. Maikanti Baru, authorised cash transfers to the Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Organisation in support of the president’s re-election campaigns.
The NNPC denied the allegation in a statement signed by Ndu Ughamadu, its spokesman, and issued on Friday, October 26.
According to the statement, the GMD never authorised any “phantom cash transfer” for the purpose of sponsoring publicity for Buhari ahead of the 2019 elections.
The statement said the allegation was not only “patently false but runs against the prevailing gale of transparency and accountability pervading the operations of the NNPC since the advent of the current administration”.
The NNPC noted in the statement in Abuja that the allegations that Baru made such transfer was a, “politically induced hallucination which has found accommodation in the subconscious of some mischievous political actors intent on dragging the corporation and its GMD into the arena of partisan political tussle.”
‘’With no regard for the cherished investigative reporting ethos of balance and confirmation of story, the allegation, without doubt, come across as a kindergarten execution of an ill thought political brinksmanship.
The NNPC urged well-meaning members of the public and oil and gas industry stakeholders to “disregard the phantom report”.
The corporation said the management of the NNPC under Baru is “focused on delivering the aspiration of Mr. President for the petroleum industry.”