After being grilled by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Wednesday, embattled National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ali Modu Sheriff, has agreed to refund the N40 million he was given for former President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election bid.
The N40 million was part of the $115 million disbursed by former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Deziani Alison-Madueke, to major actors in the PDP and the Independent National Electoral Commission for the the 2015 general election.
Before being granted administrative bail at about 5:30pm, Sheriff signed an undertaken to return N40 million. A source at the anti-graft agency reveals that Sheriff admitted receiving the cash and made a firm commitment to return it as soon as possible.
The money was allegedly given to Sheriff by Mohammed Wakil, who received N450 million on behalf of the PDP in Borno State.
A statement by the Head of Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed the development. Uwujaren said the former governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Shariff, was grilled by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC Maiduguri zonal office on Wednesday for his involvement in sharing the sum of N40m.
On Wednesday, Ali Modu Sheriff was invited by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) zonal office in Maiduguri, Borno state for questioning.
He was grilled for over 7 hours on his involvement with the N40m and how the campaign funds for the party in the 2015 general election was sourced and disbursed.
On June 6th, EFCC questioned the Borno state PDP Campaign coordinator who said that the State got N450million and that the sum of N40m was given to Hon. Kumalia for onward transmission to Ali Modu Sheriff for Security.