Atiku Confirms N50m Traced To Obasanjo Presidential Library By EFCC, Says It Was A Donation

Confirmation has come from Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar
that  N50 million was in fact given to the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library — in what has now become part of a probe into the €150 million allegedly laundered during his presidential campaign last February.

The main opposition candidate in the last election, however, insisted that the money, facilitated by Babalele Abdullahi, his son-in-law,  was a donation which was made via bank cheque rather than cash.
Atiku Confirms N50m Traced To Obasanjo Presidential Library By EFCC, Says It Was A Donation

The EFCC on Thursday, August 8,  extended to Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, its investigation of  laundered 150 million euros cash-for-poll by associates of Atiku Abubakar. The money is believed to have been spent to influence the 2019 election in which Atiku was the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate.

No less than 67, 950,000 euros was traced to ex-VP Atiku’s associate Mr Uyi Giwa-Osagie’s account, Babalele’s account, two slush firms and two Bureau de Change operators.

Of the 67.9m euros, Uyi’s account was credited with 26,050,00 million euros between January 9 and 28, 2019, it was learnt.

Babalele is expected to account for 41,900,000 euros.

Sources told The Nation that of the cash credited to Babalele’s account, he gave about N50million ($140,000) to his childhood friend, Bashir Mohammed to deliver to an official at the Presidential Library in Abeokuta.

Bashir has reportedly admitted that he delivered the cash to the Presidential Library. It was on this basis that investigators of the anti-corruption agency went to the Library to authenticate his claims and to know why the money was given or taken there.

According to reports, the EFCC officials, accompanied by policemen, rummaged some offices at the former President’s Library.

Atiku, in a statement released through his media office said:  “For the avoidance of doubt, Mallam Babalele Abdullahi, Atiku Abubakar’s son-in-law, did not donate any money in cash to the Olusegun Obasanjo Library. Yes, he did facilitate a donation of fifty million naira to the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, but so did many other individuals, including civic-minded traditional rulers, state Governors, bankers and captains of industry.

“This is because the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library is a non-governmental organisation that plays a pivotal role in promoting peace and stability in Nigeria, and that should be applauded.’’

Atiku also interpreted EFCC's release of the details of the probe to the press as mischievous, accusing the commission of trying to “cause disaffection and bad blood between him and the former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Raising sentiments that Obasanjo founded EFCC, while in office, Atiku slammed the anti-graft agency for being a disappointment.

“An action such as this is tantamount to a river denying its own source, since Chief Olusegun Obasanjo is the fountain of origin of the EFCC, seeing(sic) as he founded the institution and nurtured it to maturity,” he said.

He said the EFCC has become a propaganda agency and that the presidency, APC, the EFCC, The FIRS and The Nation ‘’are now working together as five fingers of the same leprous hands’’.

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