By Daniel Idonor
THE Presidency, Monday, said it had uncovered a fund-raising â€œcabalâ€ going about collecting money from unsuspecting businessman and women, as campaign funds on behalf of President Goodluck Jonathan, ostensibly for his 2011 presidential campaign organisation.
Manwhile,Â the Presidency has directed security agencies to carry out a full-scale investigation into the nefarious activities of this emerging group of fraudsters.
Investigations revealed that the Presidency which has since dismissed the 2011 fundraisers as another emerging â€œcabalâ€ said it is being spearheaded by a notable oil contractor from Delta State.
Vanguard gathered that already the fraudulent political group has listed some prominent but unwary rich tycoon and key players in the oil and gas industry from which to extract the â€œcampaign money.
But sources in the Presidency said Jonathan is very upset about the development and has directed the security agencies to investigate the matter and apprehend anyone who is found wanting immediately.
The groupâ€™s modus operandi, it was learnt include the sending of strong worded appeal letters and night meetings with their unsuspecting victims, with a view to soliciting huge sum of money from them.
Our source said â€œthe presidency is very upset about the development. He has not even said he would run for the office of the president in 2011 yet, so those going about raising money are fraudsters who are bent on feathering their own nests using the goodwill that Jonathan enjoys from the Nigerian peopleâ€.
Although many are of the views that the President should for president in 2011, Jonathan has not made any official statement to this effect. Even when â€œJonathan for Presidentâ€ posters were strategically placed in the Abuja metropolis several weeks ego, the President out rightly denied the perpetrators, pointing out that his focus at the moment is on delivering critical infrastructure to the Nigerian people.
But weeks after the denial, the group which launched its â€œJonathanâ€™s poster campaignâ€ shortly after the National Assembly declared him as Acting President, was to resurfaced, this time in a greater dimension, after Jonathan was sworn-in as a substantive president, by increasing the volume of the poster-campaign.