EFCC Questions Former Governor Chime Over N450m Campaign Cash


Former governor of Enugu State, Sullivan Iheanacho Chime, was yesterday invited by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in connection with the $115 million cash allegedly disbursed through Fidelity Bank.

The funds were reportedly disbursed on the instruction of the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke for former President Goodluck Jonathan’s presidential reelection campaign.

The EFCC has been probing beneficiaries of the $115 million campaign funds allegedly disbursed by former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke.

Chime, who reported at the Enugu zonal office of the commission in response to an invitation by the EFCC to explain his role in the disbursement of the funds, was questioned over the N450 million disbursed through the Fidelity Bank on the instruction of the former petroleum minister.

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Chime Denies Involvement

The former governor was reported to have denied any personal involvement in the disbursement of the said funds as alleged by Mrs. Rita Chinelo Mba, secretary to the campaign office and his former Commissioner for Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs.

Chime said the money was brought by two of his former commissioners, Joe Nnamnel and Mrs. Rita Mba, in company of chairman of the PDP, Enugu State, Ikeji Asogwa, and Prof. Osita Ogbu a former secretary of the campaign office, an ex-chairman of the party in the state, among others.

He further disclosed that the said fund was given to his orderly for safe keeping, with instructions that only Mrs. Rita Mba should have access to it to facilitate her work as secretary of the campaign secretariat.

Chime denied personally disbursing the fund.

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Reports say Chime is expected to report back at the commission’s office on Monday, June 13 for further interrogation as the EFCC carries out further investigation on the matter.

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