N500m Extortion Saga! Presidency Denies Claim
The fact that the various state government in Nigeria makes financial contribution to sustain their political parties, is not news, but for the presidency to make it compulsory that all states under the control of People Democratic Party, must contribute a whopping sum of five hundred million naira (N500m) towards the presidential ambition of Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, is bizarre and creates an unequal playing field.
Document dated December 6, 2010, and currently being circulated, in the media, reveals that thus far, six PDP controlled states,( : Bauchi, Benue, Cross River, Ebonyi, Katsina and Ogun) have parted with colossal sum towards Jonathan/ Sambo Presidential Organization.
In the said letter, President Jonathan, acknowledged the receipt of the monies from the six states, saying, 'I would be guided at all times by my 'unwavering commitment in the common good of our nation and fear of God.'
However, the alleged author and signatory to the letter, Dr. Akilu Sani Indabawa, special adviser (political matters) to the president, has said the letters did not originate from him. He described the letters as forged and aimed at casting shadow of doubt on Mr. President's widespread support nationwide. We are not going to take it lying low. Dr. Indabawa affirmed.
' This is to strongly repudiate a report in sections of media today alleging that six state governors have each contributed N500 million to the campaign of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. The false reports quoted a forged letter purportedly written by me to the six governors acknowledging receipt of their donations on behalf of the Jonathan/Sambo Presidential Campaign Organisation'.
'The report is entirely false and fabricated to ridicule Mr. President in the eyes of the Nigerian public. The forged letter attempts to criminally portray Mr. President and the six mentioned governors, who incidentally are co-ordinators of the President's campaign in the zones, as treasury looters'.
'This is no doubt a wicked concoction to cast a shadow of doubt on Mr. President's widespread support nationwide and we are not going to take it lying low'.
'I have officially written to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, reporting the matter and seeking adequate legal redress'.
' Forgery is a criminal offence in our laws, and this matter must be pursued to a logical conclusion'.