The former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bagoro Local Government Area of Bauchi State, Andrew Adamu, on Monday refunded to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) the sum of N5m, as part of the N12.06m fund disbursed to the LGA by the party for the re-election effort of Goodluck Jonathan’s election.
He had earlier refunded, also through the Gombe zonal office of the EFCC, another N1m, bringing his total refund to N6m.
Mr. Adamu admitted to the offense during an interrogation in which he admitted to signing and collecting the funds in the presence of Marcus Bulus Makama, a current member of the Bauchi State House of Assembly, and Hasanna Arkila, a former caretaker chairwoman of the local government, who signed as witnesses for the collection of the money.
Mr. Adamu told EFCC officials that the former Commissioner for Rural Development, Bukata Bayero Bukar, was the chairman of the stakeholders’ committee of the PDP while Moses Hankali was the secretary, shared the money for Mr. Jonathan’s re-election.
The suspects promised the zonal office of the Commission that they will return the balance of N6m in November.
Meanwhile, the former Bauchi State local government chairman, Bala Abubakar Maigoro, has been quizzed by the EFCC over a N48.2m poll fraud.
Mr. Maigoro told EFCC Gombe State officials during an interrogation that he signed and collected the said amount on behalf of the local government in the presence of the former member of the House of Representatives from the State, Aminu D. Mohammed, and the former caretaker chairman of the local government, Umar M. Aliyu, who signed as witnesses.
Mr. Maigoro also told the EFCC that the money was disbursed through the stakeholders of the local government. They included the former Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in Bauchi State, Mukhtar Usman Abubakar, a former member of the State Assembly, Danlami Ahmed, and Mohammed Danladi Umar, who was the secretary of the stakeholders’ committee. They said the money was given to them out of the N500m that was disbursed to Bauchi State in the 2015 general election.
All the suspects, except Mr. Abubakar, reported to the zonal office of the EFCC and agreed to return the money.