By Soni Daniel, Abuja
Two ministers in the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Arch Musa Sada from Katsina State and Asabe Asmau Ahmed from Niger State have revealed how they handled their share of the N23.29 billion campaign fund they received from the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke via Fidelity Bank ahead of last year’s presidential poll.
The two ministers, who are among the top politicians being investigated for their role in the sharing of the huge cash payout, admitted collecting N1.1 billion for the purpose of disbursing to politicians in their respective states to influence the outcome of the election.
While Arch Musa Sada told EFCC investigators that he merely collected the sum of N700 million and handed over to the state’s finance commissioner on the instruction of Governor Ibrahim Shema. Asabe Asmau disclosed that she kept N105 million for herself and handed over the balance to the Peoples Democratic Party in the state.
However, EFCC is insisting that they should refund the amount they collected from the bank since it was taken from the public till.
The commission is likely to charge the former ministers to court.