A former Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Tony Anenih has said that the controversial N260 million he received from the embattled former National Security Adviser (NSA), Colonel Sambo Dasuko (retd), during the Jonathan administration was a refund of the N400 million he disbursed, on the instruction of Jonathan to elder statesman, Alhaji Tanko Yakassai; the National Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Chief Olu Falae; and the leader of the Accord Party, Alhaji Rashidi Ladoja, among others ahead of the 2015 election.
A Vanguard source at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) disclosed this, citing a letter allegedly written by Anenih to the anti-graft agency.
According to the source, Anenih claimed that he merely, on request, gave the former President his bank account details into which the refund should be made and was in no position to ask Jonathan how he was going to source money for the refund or through which office it would be made.
Falae and Ladoja have confirmed receiving N100 million each from the PDP leader while Yakassai took N63 million.
Anenih was said to have explained to the EFCC that the N263 million he gave to the three men was N3 million in excess of the N260 million paid him, while he had outstanding balance of N180 million to collect from the former President.
“The PDP leader made it clear in the letter to the EFCC that he was not a beneficiary of the money and that he was only acting on the instruction of Jonathan to disburse it,” the source stated.
Other disbursements Anenih made on Jonathan’s instruction to bring the total to N400 million, according to the letter, include N25 million to a former deputy governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Muktari Shagari, and N35 million to a delegation of local government leaders from Katsina State.
Anenih also revealed in the letter that on the instruction of the former President, the BoT of the PDP then, under his chair, embarked on a nationwide reconciliation tour and that the money he spent on hiring private jet during the tour, among other responses, was also not refunded to him.