Ex-president Goodluck Jonathan and President Buhari may soon meet as the former has concluded plans to hold a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari over the revelations from the ongoing arms deal probe, The Nation reports.
A source close to the former president is alleged as stating that Jonathan will not join issue in public with Sambo Dasuki to avoid making his recent disclosure or allegation that Dasuki’s carried out the order endorsed by the former president in the disbursement of the said funds more intense.
And in a fresh revelation on Tuesday, December 15, it was spilled that some close associates of the former president were arranging a private meeting between the two leaders to enable Jonathan explain things to the president.
According to the statement by the source who asked for anonymity:
Jonathan will prefer a private audience with the President rather than taking up issues with the suspects in public. Some of the expenditures have grave security implications as they involve some neighboring countries.
As a statesman, Jonathan cannot just open up at all. For example, there is a unit where the overhead of past Presidents and Heads of State was taken care of. Some of the funds disbursed by the office had to do with these funds. If Jonathan speaks, will he not rubbish these past leaders?
Some Presidents from some countries sought financial assistance from ex-President Goodluck Jonathan. Do you expect the former leader to issue a statement on such a sensitive request?
At a point, there was negotiation to end Boko Haram insurgency. This type of deal cannot be put in the public domain,” .
It was also reported that the ex-President’s camp noted that some of the N31 billion cash was sourced from “security votes and budget for Special Services”.
Meanwhile, Dasuki is presently facing trial at the court after being charged by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for reportedly misappropration and fraudulent disbursement of over N31bn meant for the purchase of arms.
It was revealed yesterday according to reports that some of the accused persons facing trial may choose to return stolen fund and give up a string of assets in exchange for freedom or light sentences. The N31billion investigations have been traced to more than nine suspects facing trial in Abuja courts. It was also alleged that some leaders of the North may persuade President Buhari to make things a little easier for the suspects as most of them are already overwhelmed by this scandal and are ready to plea bargain option. They are highly thinking of embracing the plea bargain option to save time and get lighter jail terms where conviction becomes necessary.
However, the names of the suspects considering plea bargain were not disclosed last night, only a former Minister of State for Finance, Alhaji Bashir Yuguda, has opened up about his willingness to recover N600million out of the over N1billion traced to him, The Nations reports.