Jime’s Appeal: Yahaya Bello, El-Rufai release $350,000 to Benue APC to manipulate Supreme Court judgement
By Adewale Olusiji, Abuja (Nigerian Concord)
As the Supreme Court is set to deliver its judgement in the Appeal between the candidate of the Benue state APC, Mr. Emmanuel Jime, and Governor Samuel Ortom of the PDP, two APC governors have reportedly released a sum of $350,000 to manipulate the judgement of the Apex court.
The two governors, Yahaya Bello and Nasir El-Rufai of Kogi and Kaduna states according to reports reaching Nigerian Concord Newspaper donated the money to the Benue state chapter of the APC through the Minister for Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, Senator George Akume, immediately the Supreme Court reserved ruling on Tuesday.
Reports further stated that Governor Bello donated $250,000 while Governor El-Rufai donated $100,000 in order to get people who can influence the supreme court judgment to favour a re-run between Jime and Ortom.
It was gathered that the refusal of a national chieftain of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to release his money to Jime when he went to solicit for further funds to prosecute his case at the Supreme Court that forced him to approach Governors Bello and El-Rufai.
Recall that Tinubu it was that ordered the governor of Lagos state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to release N1 billion from the purse of the Lagos state government to the Benue APC for the purpose of bribing the Appeal Court judges.
Also recall that other Benue APC members like Dorathy Mato, Benjamin Wayo, Utaan Terhide and others also donated funds to bribe the Appeal Panel judges but, they (Judges) rejected the bribe, saying that the case was too clear for them to manipulate.
Meanwhile, the judges of the Supreme Court who were approached yesterday are insisting that the right thing must be done.
This newspaper gathered that when some of them were approached by two influential politicians (Names withheld), the judges made it known that justice must be served in the case between Jime and Ortom.