Former governor of Rivers State, Dr Peter Odili, on Tuesday [Dec. 15], said he did not collect the sum of N100 million from a former Minister of State for Finance, Bashir Yuguda, contrary to reports in the media. Odili, who stated this in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja, on Tuesday, added the report indicating that Yuguda gave him N100 million out of the money allegedly collected from the Office of former National Security Adviser (NSA) under Colonel Sambo Dasuki was erroneous.
He said he never had any dealing with Dasuki while he occupied the office of NSA, adding that the said amount was handed over to him by the former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu. “I categorically state with all sense of responsibility that I have never had any dealings, private or busines or official, with the former National Security Adviser. So, the issue of allegedly collecting N100 million from either the former NSA or Mr Yuguda does not arise.
“As part of preparations towards the 2015 elections, the PDP set up contact and mobilisation committees across the six geopolitical zones and I was appointed the chairman of the South-South mobilisation committee. Consequent upon this, the party, not the former NSA or Yuguda, gave the South-South committee, through me, the sum of N100 million along with other zonal chairmen in the house of the national chairman, Dr Adamu Mu’azu, for the assignment.
“This amount was subsequently disbursed to the relevant party members from the zone for the assignment given by the party. I have the appointment letter and terms of reference, minutes of all the meetings, signatures of all the members and the report of the zonal committee, which was duly submitted to the party leader,” he said.
- Nigerian Tribune