Paris Club Refund: NGF took $100m for states’ elections — Consultant alleges
The consultant who facilitated the London and Paris Club refunds, yesterday, alleged that the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) collected the sum of $100m to prosecute elections in some states.
Addressing a news conference in Abuja, head of the consultancy firm, Ned Nwoko specifically alleged that when he submitted a bill of $350m as his consultancy fee, the state governors asked to be given 50 per cent of it before it could be honoured.
He said a former chairman of the forum had explained that the money was needed to prosecute elections in Bauchi, Ekiti, and Ondo states.
According to him, it was the Ministry of Justice that intervened before the governors eventually received the sum of $100 million.
In a no-holds-barred remarks, Nwoko revealed that the money being owed his firm, Linas International Limited was $68m, and not $418 million as bandied by the leadership of the NGF.
Nwoko also absolved the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami of any wrongdoing, saying the minister was only trying to ensure that the right thing was done and the law obeyed.
The lead consultant also accused the current chairman of the NGF and Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, of telling a litany of lies over the payment to the consultant.