N13bn Cash: EFCC Raids Ikoyi Flats Of Mu’azu, Others

As part of investigations into the 13 billion Naira found at a flat in Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos state, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has searched apartments of the immediate past Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi; and a former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Adamu Mu’azu.

Other prominent persons, living in the building, include a former Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mrs Esther Nnamdi-Ogbue, and C.E.O of Ebony Life Television, Mo’ Abudu.

The media aide to Mr Obi, Mr Valentine Obienyem, confirmed this in a statement on Tuesday, noting that all the apartments in the building were searched by the commission.

Sources within the EFCC also confirmed that all the flats were searched including the unoccupied ones.

The anti-graft agency, had on Wednesday last week, busted the apartment, where it recovered huge sums of money in Dollars, Pounds and in Naira. (43 million Dollars, 23 million Naira and another 27,000 Pounds)

The huge discovery is coming days after the EFCC operatives also announced the recovery of some cash at a Bureau de Change operator in Balogun Market, Lagos, following the Federal Government’s new Whistle-Blowing policy.

Meanwhile, reactions have continued to trail the ownership of the recovered funds.

A legal practitioner, Mr Isaac Anumudu, speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast show, Sunrise daily, called on the EFCC to reveal the identities of the owners of all the moneys being discovered by the Commission.

Another Legal Practitioner, Femi Falana (SAN), also reacting to the matter, noted that with the increasing cases of cash hauls, Nigeria is being exposed to unprecedented ridicule before the committee of nations.

EFCC Releases Obanikoro

Musiliu Obanikoro, EFCC, Ekiti election, ObanikoroThe former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, has been released from the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

He was released about on Friday evening, after fulfilling his bail condition which include providing two federal directors as sureties and depositing his Nigerian and American passports at the EFCC.

Senator Obanikoro last week paid the sum of 100.4 million naira to the federal government as part payment for the sum of 480 million naira he allegedly collected from the former national Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki.

Obanikoro reported to the EFCC three months after his invitation by the anti-graft agency. He reported at an EFCC facility directly on his arrival from the United States.

He has since been in their custody while his lawyers worked assiduously to secure his release.

Mr Obanikoro has been in the United States since 2015 after the general elections, where he said he was pursuing leadership and language courses at an American university.

The 2015 election saw his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), unseated at the centre.

Lawyers Working Hard To Secure Obanikoro’s Release, Says Aide

obanikoroFormer Minister of State for Defence and Foreign Affairs, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, may regain freedom soon from the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), his spokesman says.

Mr Jonathan Eze said on Tuesday that Mr Obanikoro’s lawyers were working assiduously to secure his release.

Mr Obanikoro had reported at the anti-graft agency’s office in Lagos on Monday, where he was being interrogated over alleged graft crimes.

His spokesman said in a statement that his principal was well and that the officials of the EFCC were cooperative.

Eze said the agency was conducting its interrogations decently without any form of intimidation and harassment.

He urged the supporters of the embattled former Minister to be patient, noting that the counsels are working tirelessly to secure his release.

The statement reads in parts: “Senator Musiliu Obanikoro is still in the custody of the EFCC, but I can confirm to you that he is strong and well.

“The EFCC officials are doing their job and as at this moment, we don’t have any reason to complain.

“We are optimistic that the operatives will conclude their questioning as soon as possible so that he can go home and rest since he hasn’t rested well, owing to the stress of travelling many hours from the United States.

“We are also confident that the EFCC will not indulge in the luxury of keeping him beyond reasonable time and days, especially as he submitted himself to them without stress”.

Mr Eze added that Senator Obanikoro was not afraid of his stewardship, saying he served Nigeria creditably well and was proud of his contributions so far.

Arms Probe: Obanikoro Reports To EFCC

Musiliu Obanikoro, EFCC, Ekiti election, ObanikoroThree months after his invitation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), a former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, has finally reported to the anti-graft agency.

Senator Obanikoro returned to the country on Monday from the U.S. and later proceeded to an EFCC facility.

The former minister who also represented Lagos state in the Senate, had been a subject of interest to the commission in connection with alleged diversion of arms funds.

He has been accused of involvement in corrupt practices, as the anti-corruption campaign of the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration intensified with a clampdown on some public officials from the previous administration.

The EFCC has said that it has proof that Obanikoro received a total of 4.745 billion Naira from the office of the former National Security Adviser between April 4, 2014, and December 15, 2014 through companies belonging to his sons.

Mr Obanikoro has been in the United States since 2015 after the general elections, where he said he was pursuing leadership and language courses at an American university.

The 2015 election saw his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), unseated at the centre.

Indictment In #EkitiElection Scandal

Obanikoro was also named in the alleged manipulation of Ekiti State’s governorship election after the emergence of an audio said to have been recorded by a military officer who was at a meeting with some PDP members.

Asides the release of the controversial audio which recorded voices purportedly of Obanikoro, Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose and other notable persons perfecting plans to rig the election, a PDP member also made headlines by tendering evidences to prove that the election was rigged in favour of the PDP.

Mr Tope Aluko gave a breakdown of how series of meetings were held before the election and listed the persons at the meeting to include former President Jonathan, former PDP Chairman, Adamu Mu’azu, Governor Fayose and himself (Aluko).

“At the meeting President Jonathan agreed that if he needed Ekiti, he would support us to ensure that we delivered.

“At the second meeting we had Obanikoro, Jelili, Omisore… It was a combination of Osun and Ekiti people and they were discussing how we were going to move to take the south-west

“Before the primaries, His Excellency, Ayodele Fayose, said that we can only win using the military. Then we came up with a plan about May,” he alleged.

He referred to the audio, which was leaked on the internet, saying it was genuine and not doctored.

Controversies trailing the role of the military in the alleged rigging of the election after the emergence of the audio have since led to the retirement of one of the indicted officers, Brigadier General Aliyu Momoh.

The Army officer was retired in line with the recommendation of the Army panel set up to look into allegation of professional misconduct against him in connection with the conduct of June 14, 2014 governorship election in Ekiti State and the 2015 general elections.

A board of inquiry led by General Officer Commanding One Division of the Nigerian Army, led by Major General Adeniyi Oyebade, indicted the senior officer and others, recommending various degrees of sanctions for them.

PDP Governors, BoT Support Sheriff’s Leadership

PDPThere appears to be a new twist in the crisis rocking the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The PDP’s Board of Trustees (BoT) has switched lanes and expressed support for the newly appointed National Chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff.

Similarly, the Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko, addressed reporters on Tuesday after a closed door meeting of some of the party’s leaders.

Governor Mimiko explained that the PDP remains united despite conflicting reports that emerged over the last three days.

He insisted that Ali Modu Sheriff remains the party’s National Chairman until a national convention is held within a few weeks.

This is coming after former Ministers of the PDP had in a meeting, rejected Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as the Chairman of Nigeria’s front line opposition party.

The meeting is sequel to series of controversies that have trailed the emergence of the new PDP National Chairman who resumed office on Monday.

Leadership Tussle: PDP Former Ministers To Decide Sheriff’s Fate

pdp warlords Former ministers of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are meeting in Abuja to decide Senator Ali Modu Sheriff on the party’s leadership.

The former Minister of Special Duties and Chairman of the PDP’s Ministers Forum, Kabiru Turaki, disclosed that the meeting would take some critical decisions that would save the party from its leadership crisis.

He also believed that the forum would also be able to save the party from further collapse.

The PDP former ministers from 1999 till 2015, when the party lost to the All Progressives Congress (APC) are meeting to decide whether or not to allow Senator Sheriff continue as the party’s National Chairman.

The meeting is sequel to series of controversies that have trailed the emergence of the new PDP National Chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, who resumed office on Monday.

PDP’s Board of Trustees (BoT) had earlier joined the group of those rejecting the appointment of Senator Sheriff as the party’s National Chairman, saying that he was not a suitable leader for the party.

The acting Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party’s BoT, Senator Walid Jubril, maintained that the board would meet to provide a viable solution to the leadership crisis.

PDP BoT Rejects Sheriff As National Chairman

PDPPDP’s Board of Trustees (BoT) has joined the group of those rejecting the appointment of Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as the party’s National Chairman.



The acting Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party’s BoT, Senator Walid Jubril, made the disclosure on Monday.

Senator Jubril told reporters in Abuja that Senator Sheriff was not a suitable leader for the party.

He maintained that the board would meet to provide a viable solution to the leadership crisis.

Meanwhile, Senator Sheriff has officially resumed office despite calls from some party members for him to resign.

He officially took over the affairs of the party from the PDP Deputy National Chairman, Mr Uche Secondus, who has been acting as the chairman since Adamu Muazu resigned in May 2015.

Ali Modu Sheriff Resumes Office As PDP Nat’l Chairman Despite Criticisms

PDPThe new National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, has officially resumed office despite calls from some party members for him to resign.

Senator Sheriff officially took over the affairs of the party from Mr Uche Secondus, who has been acting as the Chairman since Adamu Muazu resigned in May 2015.

In his remark at the official handling of office, the PDP Deputy National Chairman, Uche Secondus, urged the new Chairman to unite the party and work with the youths.

While promising to reach out to all aggrieved members of the party, the new PDP Chairman stated that he would take those who accused him of being the founder and sponsor of Boko Haram to court.

Since the emergence of Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as the National Chairman, there has been several criticisms about the manner of his emergence and also questions about his integrity.

He promised to reach out to all aggrieved members including those that have shifted their followership to other political parties.

 

 

Uche Secondus Rules Out Resignation Of Other NWC Members

Adamu Mu'azu PDP former chairman
Former Chairman of PDP, Adamu Mua’zu, who resigned on Wednesday, May 20.

The Acting Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Uche Secondus, has ruled out the possibility of the remaining members of the PDP National Working Committee (NWC) resigning from their positions.

The PDP National Chairman, Adamu Mu’azu and Chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees (bot), Chief Tony Anenih, resigned their positions on Wednesday.

Speaking with State House correspondents after meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa, Secondus said there is no reason for any of the remaining NWC members to resign as they all have their tenures still running.

He also explained that Mu’azu was not forced to resign from his position.

The Director of Media And Publicity for the Goodluck-Sambo Presidential Campaign Organisation, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode, had expressed hope that more members of the NWC will resign.

Giving his opinion after the Chairman of the PDP, Mr Adamu Mu’azu, resigned on Wednesday, Mr Fani-Kayode said the leader’s resignation was the beginning of a process.

“No Longer Popular”

He said: “Rather than create more fractures or division, it actually enhances unity and gives hope to those that are seeking change at the leadership of the party.

“I sincerely hope that one or two other members of the NWC will follow queue and also leave honourably before they are pushed out.
“When this sort of thing happens what you are in fact doing is that you are enhancing the party’s fortunes.

“When leaders that are no longer popular and no longer have the confidence of the people and party members decide to resign, it give room for fresh new leadership.

“This is a process that has just begun and I sincerely hope that it goes all the way,” Mr Fani-Kayode said.

He, however, pointed out that “not all the NWC members are bad”.

According to him, “there are few like Uche Secondus, who now leads the party, and others that are really good and have done their best”.

“Frankly speaking, there are a number of them that are still there and simply have to go. We will not keep quiet until the others have gone as well,” Mr Fani Kayode said.

The former National Chairman of the PDP had in his letter to the party’s leadership cited health reasons for his decision.

 

PDP BoT Chairman, Anenih Resigns

Tony Anenih resigns.The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party’s Board of Trustees (BoT), Mr Tony Anenih, has resigned.

Mr Anenih submitted his resignation to the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party on Wednesday, hours after the National Chairman of the party resigned on health grounds.

The NWC said it had received Mr Anenih’s resignation letter and had accepted it. It said Mr Anenih’s resignation was on personal grounds.

In a statement by the National Secretary of the party, Professor Adewale Oladipo, the NWC noted the outstanding contributions of Chief Anenih in the party over the years especially in his capacity as the BoT Chairman.

“As one of the founding fathers of the PDP, the NWC appreciates Chief Anenih’s guiding role in the party in the last 16 years and wish him well in his future endeavours,” the statement read.

The NWC, however, said the Secretary of the Board of Trustees, Senator Walid Jibrin, would hold forth pending the election of a new BoT Chairman.

The National Chairman of the party, Adamu Mu’azu, had earlier tendered his resignation to the NWC on health grounds.

The Spokesman for the PDP, Olisa Metuh, told Channels Television that Mr Mu’azu turned in his letter of resignation and that his decision had been accepted by the party’s National Working Committee.

PDP National Chairman, Adamu Mu’azu Resigns

PDP Mu'azuThe National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Adamu Mu’azu, has resigned. 

His resignation, according to him, is due to health issues.

The Spokesman for the PDP, Olisa Metuh, told Channels Television that Mr Mu’azu turned in his letter of resignation and that his decision had been accepted by the party’s National Working Committee.

Mr Mu’azu had been the chairman for about a year, after he took over from Mr Bamanga Tukur who stepped down under intense party crisis

Before his resignation, there were reports that the National Chairman of the PDP, Adamu Mu’azu, who before now was addressed as “the game changer”, may have jetted out of the country to evade being forced to convene a meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party, where he may be asked to resign.

Mr Mu’azu has been under intense pressure to quit his position as the party Chairman following the PDP’s poor showing in the March and April 2015 general elections.

The party’s leadership had blamed the state governors elected on the platform of the PDP, and some other leaders, for its electoral failure.

Imoke Denies Plan To Be PDP National Chairman

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Cross River State Governor, Liyel Imoke

Cross River State Governor, Liyel Imoke, has debunked rumours that he was working to succeed Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu as the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

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PDP National Chairman, Adamu Mu’azu

The Governor described as false, publications in some national dailies and some online reports that he was working closely with some chieftains of the party to become the next National Chairman of PDP.

The Governor, while briefing newsmen at the Margaret Ekpo International Airport on his arrival from Abuja, maintained that having been in the public limelight for 16 years, it is necessary that he takes a bow out of any political office.

He further stated that while out of office, he intends to remain a loyal party member and supporter in rebuilding the party following the defeat PDP faced at the last elections.

There were reports during the week that the National Chairman of the PDP, Adamu Muazu, who before now was addressed as “the game changer”, might have jetted out of the country to evade being forced to convene a meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party, where he may be akin to resign.

There has been a lot of concern by the PDP leadership over the party’s loss in the 2015 general elections, leading the party to the inauguration of a post-election committee, headed by the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu.

The Senate President, David Mark, warned that unless the in-fighting in the PDP is brought to an end, the party may be “heading for final destruction” adding that the emerging factions in the party were absolutely unnecessary.