Details have emerged on how the Kaduna Central Senatorial District ticket of the All Progressives Congress, APC, was sold for $2 million, to Uba Sani, the Political Adviser to Nasir El-Rufai, the Governor of Kaduna State.
A source privy to the deal spoke exclusively to SaharaReporters, in Abuja, on Friday.
According to the source, the Managing Director of the Nigeria Ports Authority, NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman, singlehandedly gave the money to Farouk Adamu.
He revealed that Adamu collected the cash in Abuja, on behalf of Adams Oshiomhole, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
He revealed that the sum of N50 million was offered to the Assistant Publicity Secretary of the party, Yekini Nabena, by Uba Sani, which he turned down.
The source also noted that Nabena had issued several press statements that Shehu Sani remained the only Candidate cleared for the zone, and Nabena had insisted that he would only do what the National Working Committee, NWC, asked him to do, as he had no power to upturn their decision.
Hadiza, however, threatened to do everything possible to stop Shehu Sani from getting the automatic ticket, whether the NWC liked it or not.
SaharaReporters (Not Post-Nigeria), gathered that after the failure of a series of attempts by the proxies to get Nabena’s cooperation, Hadiza decided to channel it through Farouk, who collected the cash.
The source also narrated how Governor El-Rufai slept in the National Chairman’s Office, and threatened to pitch tent with Atiku Abubakar, the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, if Shehu Sani’s name was submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, as the APC Candidate for Kaduna Central Senatorial District.
Farouk, who headed a Presidential Committee on the APC primaries, collected the money without the knowledge of other members.
Members of the Committee include: the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu; Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika; and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.
“He ignored the report of the Committee and took charge of making phone calls to Senators, to inform them who made the list and who did not. Why is it that those who got the tickets have not come out to defend Oshiomhole against the myriad of allegations of bribery levelled against him?” the source queried.
Investigations revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to Sani Mustapha, the Senator representing Niger South Senatorial District, to return to the party.
Mustapha had announced his resignation from the party, on October 22, 2018, stating that, his decision to leave the party was due to the injustice done to him by the substitution of his name with that of Bima Mohammed, who was not cleared by the Panel.
According to information obtained by SaharaReporters, the President has asked him to go to court to challenge the injustice, and promised that he would get his (President’s) support.
“As I am talking to you now, Senator Sani Mustapha has returned to APC, and gone to court to challenge the manipulation of the results of the primaries”, the source revealed.
The backlash that followed the bribery allegations levelled against Oshiomhole, compelled his Chief Press Secretary, Simon Ebegbulem, to issue a statement, on Thursday, in which Oshiomhole threatened to take legal action against further allegations.
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