Nigerian Governors took $100million from Paris Club refund

A consultant who facilitated refunds for the London and Paris clubs on Saturday said the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) had requested and received a total of $100 million to track elections in several states.

Speaking at a press conference in Abuja, the head of the consulting firm, Senator Ned Nwoko, alleged that when he presented a $350 million bill as a consulting fee, state governors had claim to receive 50% of it before they can honor.

He said a former chairman of the forum explained to him that the money was needed to pursue elections in the states of Bauchi, Ekiti and Ondo states.

According to him, it was the Ministry of Justice that intervened before the governors finally received the $100 million.

In an uncompromising statement, Nwoko claimed that the money being owed his firm, Linas International Limited, $68 million, not the $418 million announced and made public by the NGF leadership.

He also distanced the firm from NFG’s $418 million figure, saying it must be a miscalculation, adding: “We have nothing to do with it.”

Nwoko also cleared Attorney General of the Federation Abubakar Malami of wrongdoing, saying the minister was only trying to make sure the right thing was done and the law was followed.

He further explained that agreements were reached and judgments made before the current administration emerged.

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.

The leadership of the NGF is yet to speak on the allegations at the time of filing this report.

Source: The Guardian

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