The former Minister of State, Bashir Yuguda, who is expected to account for over N3.050billion including N1.1billion from the Office of the National Security Adviser, has disclosed to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) that he delivered N600million cash to six chairmen of the Contact and Mobilisation Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which was meant for the 2015 general election.
Yuguda gave the names of the beneficiaries as: Bode George (South-West); Amb. Yerima Abdullahi (North-East); Peter Odili (South-South); Attahiru Bafarawa (North-West); Jim Nwobodo (South -East); and Ahmadu Ali (North-Central).
Yugada added that he directed Jabbama Limited to transfer N300million to BAM Properties, as well as sent N200million to former PDP Governorship candidate in Kebbi State, Bello Sarkin Yaki; and N100million to the former Governor of Zamfara State, Mahmud Aliyu Shinkafi.
Yugada in his words, said: “For the cash disbursement of N600million, it was meant for the six zonal chairmen for Contact and Mobilisation Committees for Election of 2015. The chairmen are Bode George, Amb. Yerima Abdullahi; Peter Odili; Attahiru Bafarawa; Jim Nwobodo; Ahmadu Ali. The sum of N100million was given to each chairman. I gave the money in company of Prof. Alkali, who was Political Adviser to former president. The zonal chairmen are for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). I also instructed Jabbama Limited to transfer the sum of N100m to Dalhatu Limited on the request of Attahiru Bafarawa
“I also remember that Bello Sarkin Yaki was among the people that the then NSA instructed that I send the sum of N200million to. He was the PDP gubernatorial candidate in Kebbi State. When the account was in credit, disbursement was made from time to time on the instruction of the then NSA. Part in Foreign exchange or transfers."
“I wish to add that sometime in February 2015, I instructed Jabbama to transfer the sum of N300m to BAM Properties. The account was given to me by Bello Haliru as one of the people the former NSA requested me to give money. I also remember that Mahmud Aliyu Shinkafi was sent the sum of N100million on the instruction of the then NSA.
“Further to my statement of 30th November, 2015, I have brought the sum of $829,800 (equivalent to N200m) and N600m was given to me to distribute to the six PDP Zonal Committee chairmen. I don’t know who are the directors of Dalhatu Investment Limited but funds were transferred to the company’s account on the instruction of Dalhatu Bafarawa for the total amount of N1.5billion received from the then NSA by Jabbama Limited.
“I shall endeavour to recover the sum of N600million given to the six zonal PDP committee chairmen, while I appeal to the commission to use their machineries to trace the remaining balance of the money transferred to various accounts.”
All these are contained in a statement which shall serve as evidence in the trial against the former Minister, which commences this week at the High Court of the Federal, in Abuja.
By Temitope Bamidele