Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has called on former Chairman, Board of Trustees, Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Tony Anenih, to return the N260m he allegedly got from the former National Security Adviser Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.) from the $2.1bn recovered Abacha loot meant for arms purchase to fight terrorism.
The governor spoke at a rally organised by the All Progressives Congress to receive prominent PDP leaders, including two former members of the Federal House of Representatives, Patrick Ikhariale and Abbas Braimoh, and their supporters who decamped to the APC on Saturday.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had alleged that the Office of the NSA paid N260m to the former BOT chairman during the 2015 general elections.
Oshiomhole said, “We have seen (that) even the godfather’s name, Tony Anenih, is being mentioned. I want the godfather to deny or confirm it.
“If he wants to refund the money, I will collect it from him and I will go to Abuja without deducting anything from it, and I will hand it over to President Muhammadu Buhari.”
He noted that while the allegation against Anenih was not yet an outcome of any investigation, further probe on the Nigerian Ports Authority, which the former Minister of Works also headed, and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency would provide more revelations.
Oshiomhole said, “I am sure by the time the NPA book is fully opened, more revelations will come out. By the time they open NIMASA, you will understand how these people helped themselves and their families, and deprived even the activists who helped to make them relevant.
“When it was time for help, they dealt quietly; when it was time to mobilise, they used everybody. And I think this by is what President Buhari has done for Nigeria — helping us to understand how old people were eating the grass cutter which the younger boys had gone to the bush to bring home.”