Former Rivers State governor Peter Odili has denied allegations that he received N100million from the embattled former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), through former minister of state for finance, Bashir Yuguda.
But Odili said he collected N100million along with other zonal chairmen in the house of former national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr Adamu Muazu, for the 2015 elections contact and mobilisation committees of the party.
Odili said he would have ignored the recent falsehood “attributed to Yuguda but for the fact that the uninformed are beginning to latch on this long-held false and tendentious narrative”.
In a statement made available yesterday , Odili said, “My attention has been drawn to some publications where Yuguda was quoted to have said that he allegedly gave me N100 million out of the money he purportedly collected from the former NSA.
“I decided to personally sign this rebuttal because over the years, I had ignored various spurious and patently false reports against me because I know that at the fullness of time, the truth would surely prevail.
“I categorically state with all sense of responsibility that I have never had any dealings, private or business or official, with the former NSA, so the issue of allegedly collecting N100million from either the former NSA or Yuguda does not arise.”
He said that as part of preparations towards the 2015 elections, the PDP set up contact and mobilisation committees across the six geo-political zones and he was appointed the chairman of the South-South mobilisation committee.
“Consequent upon this, the party, not the former NSA or Yuguda gave the South-South Committee through me, the sum of N100 million along with other zonal chairmen, in the house of the national chairman, Dr. Adamu Muazu, for the assignment.”