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Ladoja received N100 million from Anenih, Says ACCORD

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ACCORD, one of the political parties which did not sponsor a candidate in

the 2015 presidential election, has confirmed that its leader, Senator

Rashidi Ladoja, received N100 million from former Chairman of the Board of

Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Tony Anenih ahead of

the election.
The confirmation was contained in a one-page letter to the Chairman of the

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, by the

National Secretary of ACCORD, Hon. Nureni Adisa.
In the letter titled: “Release of One Hundred Million by Chief Tony

Anenih” and dated 8th January, 2016, Hon. Adisa stated, “Our attention has

been drawn to a newspaper report that the sum of One Hundred Million Naira

was released to the ACCORD leader, Senator Rashidi Ladoja by Chief Tony

Anenih, the (former) Chairman BoT of the PDP.
“We confirm that the sum of One Hundred Million Naira was given to the

Party through our leader after series of meetings between the leadership

of ACCORD and Chief Tony Anenih in preparation for the 2015 general

elections.
“The following issues were discussed at the meetings:

•The need to support the Presidential candidate of the PDP since ACCORD

had no Presidential candidate.
•The need to ensure that peace was maintained to enhance peaceful movement

during periods of campaign, elections and after the elections.

•The need for the PDP to support ACCORD campaign effort.

“Accordingly, the PDP (former) BoT Chairman, Chief Tony Anenih released

the sum of One Hundred Million Naira for these purposes through our

leader, Senator Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja.
“The money released was accordingly used for the purposes as stated above.”

Recall that disbursements of varied sums of money to the accounts of some

PDP leaders have been reportedly made by the Office of the former National

Security Adviser, Col Sambo Dasuki, who has been alleged to have diverted

$2.1 billion meant for procurement of arms and ammunition that the armed

forces would have used to fight Boko Haram insurgents.

N260 million was reportedly traced to the account of Anenih.  But in a

letter to the EFCC, Anenih had explained that the money was a part refund

of the money former President Goodluck Jonathan instructed him to release

to some political groups for mobilisation and post-election peace

advocacy.
The former PDP BoT Chairman, who explained that he was not a direct

beneficiary of the money, stated in his letter to the EFCC that N100

million was given to the leader of the Social Democratic Party (SDP),

Chief Olu Falae, N100 million to the leader of ACCORD, Senator Rashidi

Ladoja and N63 million to a group headed by elder statesman, Alhaji Tanko

Yakassai.
He said the N260 million could not defray the total money, estimated at

over N440 million that he eventually doled out from his pocket to other

groups and individuals on the instructions of the former President.

Both Yakassai and Falae had already confirmed that they received N63

million and N100 million respectively from Anenih for the purposes

specified.
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