A former Governor of Rivers State, Dr. Peter Odili, on Tuesday said he got N100 million from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the contact and mobilization in the South-South for 2015 elections and not from former Minister of State for Finance, Amb. Bashir Yuguda.
Odili also said he has never had any dealing with former National Security Adviser, Mr. Sambo Dasuki who is undergoing trial for charges from fraud to abuse of public office as regards an alleged $2.1 billion arms deal.
The former governor made the clarifications in a statement in Abuja. According to him, the N100 million was given to him at the residence of the former National Chairman of PDP, Alh. Adamu Muazu.
“My attention has been drawn to some publications where a former Minister of State (Finance), Mr. Bashir Yuguda was quoted to have said that he allegedly gave me the sum of N100 million, out of the money he purportedly collected from the former National Security Adviser. And I wish to state as follows:
“I decided to personally sign this rebuttal because over the years, I had ignored various spurious and patently false reports against me because I Knew that at the fullness of time, the truth would surely prevail.
“I would have similarly ignored this recent falsehood attributed to Mr. Yuguda but for the fact that the uninformed are beginning to latch on this long – held false and tendentious narrative, hence my decision to rebut this with all vehemence.
“I categorically state with all sense of responsibility that I have never had any dealings, private or business 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.
“That as part of preparations towards the 2015 elections, the PDP set up contact and mobilisation committees across the six geo – political 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 Muazu, for the assignment,” a statement by Odili said.
The former governor added that he accounted for every kobo spent in a report to the leader of the party and has evidence of minutes of all the meetings, signatures of all the members and the report of the zonal committee.