Jime Vs Ortom: Tinubu orders Sanwo-Olu to donate N1b bribe for Benue Appeal Court judges
By Anthony Adejuwon, Lagos (Nigerian Concord)
Despite criticism from some pressure groups across the country, the national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has ordered Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state to donate a sum of N1 billion to the Benue state chapter of the party in order to bribe the judges of the Appeal Court that will be hearing an appeal from the APC governorship candidate, Mr. Emmanuel Jime, against Governor Samuel Ortom of the PDP.
Nigerian Concord reliably gathered that the said N1 Billion was this evening transfered from the Zenith Bank account (Account Number 1011691254) of the Lagos state government to an Access Bank account (Account Number 0047820964) which belongs to one Nwaneri Ifeanyi, one of Tinubu’s closest godsons while he held sway as Lagos state governor.
The Access bank account of Nwaneri Ifeanyi was recently put under investigation by the EFCC in 2018 over a report that same was used for fraudulent activities to the tune of N1.2 Billion but the criminal case was jettisoned as a result of Tinubu’s intervention.
Recall that it was the same Tinubu that gave N1b each to Kayode Fayemi,Raufu Aregbesola, Adams Oshiomhole and Segun Mimiko to bribe the Appeal court judges who gave them controversial judgements to become governors of Ekiti, Osun, Edo and Ondo states respectively in 2009.
Nigerian Concord can authoritatively report that some leaders of the Benue state chapter of the APC had last week contacted Bola Ahmed Tinubu to support them with funds to bribe judges of the Appeal court in Makurdi so they can rule in favour of their governorship candidate, Emmanuel Jime, who recently lost to Ortom at the Benue State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal.
Asiwaju Tinubu who is being rumoured as the possible presidential candidate of the APC in 2023 was the governor of Lagos state between 1999 and 2007.
Sources within Tinubu’s camp confirmed to Nigerian Concord that the former Lagos state governor who initially refused gather funds for the Benue APC project was prevailed upon by Vice president Yemi Osinbajo who gave an assurance that arrangements had been made with with Lawyer Femi Falana to reach out to the judges.
According to information, members of the Benue APC Working Committee who went with Osinbajo to meet Tinubu at his Bourdilion residence in Lagos assured the former Lagos governor that the Benue state chapter of the APC would give him their total supports for him to get the party’s ticket in 2022.
They also promised Tinubu that they will prevail over the North Central leader of the party who is currently the minister for Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, Senator George Akume, to use his power to gather supports from the entire North Central for his (Tinubu) presidential ambition in 2023.
Nigerian Concord learnt that Tinubu gave two conditions that were ratified during the meeting which was facilitated by Vice president Yemi Osinbajo between the former lagos governor and the Benue APC chieftains in Lagos.
One of the conditions was that Tinubu’s company, Alpha Beta Consulting, will be in charge of collecting revenues for the Benue state government for a period of four years once Jime is sworn-in while the second condition was that the Benue APC will give him full supports in 2023 so he can realise his plan to succeed President Buhari.
Recall that Alpha Beta Consulting was last year September accused by its former CEO, Mr. Dapo Apara, of N100 billion fraud, tax evasion and money laundering.
In a petition he sent to the EFCC against Alpha Beta in 2018, Apara accused that the company had become an avenue for official corruption of government officials, a conduit pipe for massive money laundering scheme, tax evasion, among other vices.
It could also be recalled that the same company was engaged by the past governments of Ekiti, Osun and Edo states to be in charge of collecting revenues while Kayode Fayemi, Raufu Aregbesola and Adams Oshiomhole were governors of their respective states.