The Accord Party has confirmed that its leader, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, received N100m from the former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Tony Anenih, ahead of the last general elections. The Accord Party made this known in a one-page letter to the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Magu the party’s National Secretary, Mr. Nureni Adisa.
In the letter titled, “Release of N100m by Chief Tony Anenih” and dated 8th January, 2016, Adisa stated that the money was used to support the re-election bid of former President Goodluck Jonathan. The letter reads;
“Our attention has been drawn to a newspaper report that the sum of N100m was released to the Accord leader, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, by Chief Tony Anenih, the (former) Chairman BoT of the PDP.
We confirm that the sum of N100m was given to the party through our leader after series of meetings between the leadership of Accord and Chief Tony Anenih in preparation for the 2015 general elections.
The following issues were discussed at the meetings: the need to support the presidential candidate of the PDP since Accord had no presidential candidate; the need to ensure that peace was maintained to enhance peaceful movement during periods of campaign, elections and after the elections; and the need for the PDP to support Accord campaign effort.
Accordingly, Chief Anenih released the sum of N100m for these purposes through our leader, Senator Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja.”
The former PDP BoT chairman, stated in his letter to the EFCC that N100m was given to the leader of the Social Democratic Party, Chief Olu Falae; N100m to Ladoja and N63m to a group headed by elder statesman, Alhaji Tanko Yakassai. Yakassai and Falae had confirmed receiving the said amount.