Dasukigate: Accord Party admits ex-Gov. Ladoja received N100million from Anenih

Rashidi Ladoja
Rashidi Ladoja

Accord Party, one of the political parties which did not sponsor a presidential candidate for the 2015 elections, has confirmed receiving N100 million from a former chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party, Tony Anenih, ahead of the polls.

The party said it got the money through its national leader, Rashidi Ladoja, the party’s governorship candidate in Oyo State.

The party opened up on the payment in a letter to the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu. The letter, dated January 8, was signed by the national secretary of the party, Nureni Adisa.

Mr. Anenih is one of several top politicians accused of receiving payments from a $2.1 billion slush fund, originally meant for the purchase arms for the fight against Boko Haram, but which was allegedly diverted by a former NSA, Sambo Dasuki.

The former PDP BoT chairman reportedly explained to the EFCC that he was not a beneficiary of the sum, but that he was instructed by former President Goodluck Jonathan to release the funds to some political groups for mobilisation and post-election peace advocacy.

He stated in a letter to the EFCC that N100 million was given to the leader of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Olu Falae, N100 million to the leader of Accord, Mr. Ladoja, and N63 million to a group headed by Tanko Yakassai.

Confirming receipt of the funds, in the letter titled, “Release of One Hundred Million by Chief Tony Anenih”, Mr. Adisa said, “Our attention has been drawn to a newspaper report that the sum of One Hundred Million Naira was released to the ACCORD leader, Senator Rashidi Ladoja by Chief Tony Anenih, the (former) Chairman BoT of the PDP.

“We confirm that the sum of One Hundred Million Naira was given to the party through our leader after series of meetings between the leadership of ACCORD and Chief Tony Anenih in preparation for the 2015 general elections,” said the letter.

He highlighted three issues discussed at the said meetings, which according to the party secretary, led to the release of N100 million to Mr. Ladoja.

“There was need to support the presidential candidate of the PDP since ACCORD had no presidential candidate.

“The need to ensure that peace was maintained to enhance peaceful movement during periods of campaign, elections and after the elections.

“The need for the PDP to support ACCORD campaign effort,” said the letter.

Accordingly, he said Mr. Anenih released N100 million “for these purposes through our leader, Senator Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja”.

“The money released was accordingly used for the purposes as stated above,” Mr. Adisa said.

Messrs. Yakassai and Falae had already confirmed that they received N63 million and N100 million respectively from Mr. Anenih for the purposes specified.

Mr. Falae said the money was “purely” for inter party affairs.

Mr. Falae, who spoke to New Telegraph, explained that “In the build-up to the presidential election, the PDP approached the SDP which I chaired.

“The then ruling party solicited for our support in order for President Goodluck Jonathan to win the March 28 presidential election.

“Anenih related with me as the chairman of the PDP BoT and I did same as the SDP National Chairman.

“He wrote to me as PDP BoT chairman and I wrote back as SDP national chairman stating conditions/terms for the alliance.

“I have the record. It is true that N100 million was given to my party to endorse and work for the Jonathan’s candidature in the 2015 election.

“We used the money for that purpose and we effectively campaigned for the PDP since we did not have presidential candidate in the election. The money was not for me.

“Thank God I’m a retired civil servant. I have all the documents to prove all that transpired between the two parties,” Mr. Falae said.

The former finance minister said there was no way he could know that the money was from arms fund.

“With all the money PDP has and having spent 16 years in power, how would I know that the money was from the arms deal? No reference was made to the arms deal. So, they should not bring me into the arms issue,” he said in the interview.

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  • Bihari Osinbajo D best

    baba Falae , no wonder you endorse your weak president because of money, this is not spirit of Ajasin, keep praying that EFCC WE NOT SEND YOU TO BODE GEORGE HOUSE NO 64. Just imagine the statement, relating on money when our army are dying in war front

  • Nkem

    This is really making me dizzy.

    • akintunde ijimere

      You are not alone. I am dazed and feel like puking, as if I am suffering travel sickness. They should preface these publications with a warning preface “We Warn Our Readers: This is not recommended for the faint-hearted or those who are suffering from hypertension. Reader discretion is strongly advised.”

  • share Idea

    Now that we know the source of some campaign funds of PDP, can APC tell us how state governors used state security votes to fund Buhari’s election. We are waiting to see how this drama ends.

    • Damilola

      More than waiting. The whole noise is tiring nw. We need these people in court. We want em charged for our yams they’ve allegedly eaten.

      • Chuks

        Granted that about 70% of Nigerians both PDP and APC are corrupt, we all cannot be at EFCC or in prison at the same time. But let us give credit to APC that had the courage to call for a change of attitude and to stop the rot. They campaigned against corruption at the risk of losing the election and are fighting against it. All hail APC.

        • Damilola

          Fine bros, you reflect sense there. If the EFCC or prison cannot accommodate all at the same time, is it not a grip to stop incarcerating the suspects, follow the 42hrs band for detention and charge the goats to court for justice? What are they waiting for? If the evidence are there, what’s all d delay? Or have u heard any of these issue deliberated in any court that is bound to give us justice? Which court sir? That’s my position. I read about the Rivers govt accusation of Ameachi and Soyinka yestd and I was saddened this is the crude and cruel antecedent this govt is setting. Imagine the govt of that state writing Soyinka to refund d money they’re yet to be ascertain was spent to that tone just to discredit Ameachi and the prof? Why don’t they get their investigations right and only meet in court having invited them? That is what we get in this sir. If PDP shud get to power today, they will start the same ti and we won’t get anyti from it. That is why the rule of law is clear in all these.

  • Fadama

    With the way this web is spinning, I wouldn’t be surprised if tomorrow the news comes out that my next door neighbour also received money lol. These corrupt men drained my country.

    • akintunde ijimere

      I know my next door neighbor is not involved because my cheeks remain hollow as they have been for the past sixteen years! At least a few million naira would have accidentally dropped from my neighbor’s pocket onto my doorstep, the way they were dropping from Anenih’s overstretched pockets to all the one-man parties in Nigeria..

      • Fadama

        Thank goodness it didn’t. Otherwise, you might have been making new friends with the likes of Dasukis, Metuhs, Alieros. etc. at the EFCC

  • Shahokaya

    I must praise the editor for choising the picture of this yam eating for the story. After he finishes laughing at us while counting the egunje, he will now claim one kind of sickness but this EFCC will surely put him where he and the other yam eaters rightly belong.. Gashua prison.

  • Dazmillion

    Please when will Mr Fortunato be invited for a chat by the EFCC as the spider at the center of this corruption web. The situation is now becoming like a deliberate attempt to ignore the big elephant in the room.

    • Olu from South Africa

      What about madam thick lips? I won’t say Ngozi ooooo.

  • owhonda

    Why did Jonathan do this kind of thing to us? Of what use was all these funds shared to us the masses? Oh God. War on our behalf. Save this country.

    • Reason-ability


  • ooooneee


    • alkali2016

      CBN audit result of Sanusi Lamido on BUHARI’s table since May 29th…..

      • ₦38.23billion developed legs and got missing in Central Bank under Sanusi Lamido Sanusi,
      • ₦1.97billion was paid out in cash and entered on Central Bank accounts as “inexplicable
      expense” by Sanusi Lamido Sanusi,
      • ₦20billion was paid out in cash as Legal Fees by Sanusi Lamido to persons un-known,
      • ₦3.086billion was paid out in cash by Sanusi Lamido as expense ostensibly to promote
      Central Bank image,
      • ₦160billion was paid out by Sanusi Lamido at Central Bank for self-determined activities,
      • ₦240billion was discretionally doled out at will as ‘donations’ by Sanusi Lamido,
      • ₦1.12billion was taken in cash and entered in the account as paid to a non-operating airline
      for charter service,
      • ₦1.12billion was claimed as spent by Sanusi Lamido on lunch for 12 CBN police
      guards in one year.

      • S. A. Maigari

        If you have facts to cover all these figures, why don’t you swear an affidavit in court?

      • Nwokolo

        We will probe it. But support the on-going. Its turn by turn.

  • True Nigerian

    The soul of this country was corrupted by the PDP and people like Ladoja. Every election year, they form new mushroom political parties – just for the sole purpose of selling themselves to a destructive ruling party.
    And the consequence was that, for 16 odd years, the will of the masses was subdued, undermined and suprressed.
    Let their

  • S. A. Maigari

    What I hate most is the claim by these characters that the money was used for the purpose intended. Who are they fooling? We know that that is far from the truth.

  • mdsurgeon

    Imagine dumping all this corrupt money into the economy illicitly. What did they imagine would happen to the inflation rate? And now they blame the current government that the economy is in the doldrums!!

    • Ashibogu

      That is why rent is so high in Abuja. You cannot even buy a house because the price is out of this world. Airline tickets in Nigeria is twice what is obtainable in Ghana. What Nigerians pay to go London in Premium Class on British Airways is what Ghanaians pay for Business Class(Club World). Corruption distorts an economic system. It will not allow for correct pricing of goods and services. It is like hard drugs in the body. One needs to be a good student of Economics to know the evil of corruption in any Economic System. Our so called elite(looting) class have finished us.

      • Sir Demo

        And this under the very nose of the world foremost economist!

  • Nwokolo

    Even you Falae. Oh no! Why?

  • Oh!

    This is bribery, pure and simple!
    How does it make sense for one party to sponsor the electioneering activities of another (whether or not that other had a Presidential candidate)?

    PDP can not transfer the paid responsibility of the federal Government to any political party and pay such party for said services, especially with funds from the account of the nation!! Funds earmarked for the purchase of weapons to fight terrorist ???.

    When did ACCORD become the Nigeria Police Force? How can a political party be tasked by anther political party to maintain peace in a country with a has a Federal Government.

    It is done! This people have finally implicated Jonathan in a way that it will be next to impossible for him to extricate himself.
    …Perhaps he (Jonathan) can claim he has been in a coma for years and a body double has been running around, posing as president, and signing $2 Billion contracts without reading them.

    • REDEEM

      Rommel-aka wahala——— Monkey how did it become bribery–did Amaechi not make money available to Buhari and APC-also?-Have we been told how much the Rivers state government donated to the coffers of APC? Who investigated Sanusi the ex CBN governor–when it becaome known that he gave out 75 contracts worth Ib each——-Apart from the 100m he gave him Buhari in 2011—?Money donated to political parties and inviduals are no bribes—it was designed to help them work for Jonathan–Sadly they took the money and sat down quietly at their homes and worked for Buhari-instead-Now buhari is teaching them the lessons of their dirty double standard lives–WHY do u think candidates raise millions of dollars during elections in the USA-?–APC is only triyng to use this to score cheap politcal points while the nation suffers–They did it with the Chibok gals–now Dasuki–

      • Oh!

        It is your father that you are talking!

      • Oworoman

        You say things you don’t have knowledge of. How do American parties raise dollar? From accounts of government?

      • Good Samaritan

        Your comment is in order, however, contributions of any nature should not have come from Government’s coffers. On the Rotimi Amaechi case of using River State’s money to fund APC, it is a false statement. Have you wondered why Wike is unable to swing this? If you have any proof, please send a petition to the EFCC or to any of the civil society groups to help escalate. How can the NSA draw on FGN’s money that was appropriated for fighting the war against insurgency and use decide to fund party politics, while soldiers were sent to the field holding only 1979 built Kalashinikovs and Fabrique Nationales to fight BH?

      • Sir Demo

        You need to be redeemed as in badly.

    • Good Samaritan

      Besides, the so called political contribution was not disclosed to INEC. By law, any political contribution above N1m must be declared to INEC.

      • Sir Demo

        God bless you!

  • Burning spear

    President Mohammadu Buhari’s nauseating incompetence is trying to kill. President Buhari’s continued fumbling, flubbing and fluffing have constituted the music for Nigeria’s macabre dance. President Buhari’s incompetence, ineptitude and ineffectualness are beating the drums at a higher crescendo for this macabre dance. The hope of the believers of and in Mohammadu Buhari is fading fast. Their ranks are reducing. Their numbers are decreasing by the day.
    Given all the unrelenting manifestations of political, social and economic malfeasance that is contaminating the Nigerian atmosphere, it is very difficult, if you have the means to speak out and not speak out. Posterity will ask you your own contribution. Did you collaborate with those who enslaved your people and exploit them to no end? Or did you speak out against the evil of greed, corruption and political dealership? Did you conspire to deceive and mislead your people? Or you spoke out against dishonesty and doublespeak?)

    • Fadama

      Why have you decided to reduce yourself to such ridicule?

    • Good Samaritan

      The amount passed to you as the protagonist of the Jonathan candidacy on the Internet will also be exposed and we shall all laugh when the time comes. Metuh criticised Buhari like you have been doing and at the end the day, the EFCC was able to unveil the mask and expose why he had been using criticism to disguise his soiled hands. You are definitely not half as credible as the Buhari you have been criticising, so please start rehearsing your statements for the EFCC. It is quite obvious that only those who shared in the loot have refuse to support Buhari.

    • Sir Demo

      Is this to destroy Nigeria so as to give birth to Biafra like Puff Puffs Okonjo and Anyim did? U don’t need to that far, majority of Nigerians will not hold you back, if you decide to go.

  • Akali2016

    CBN audit result of Sanusi Lamido on BUHARI’s table since May 29th…..

    • ₦38.23billion developed legs and got missing in Central Bank under Sanusi Lamido Sanusi,
    • ₦1.97billion was paid out in cash and entered on Central Bank accounts as “inexplicable
    expense” by Sanusi Lamido Sanusi,
    • ₦20billion was paid out in cash as Legal Fees by Sanusi Lamido to persons un-known,
    • ₦3.086billion was paid out in cash by Sanusi Lamido as expense ostensibly to promote
    Central Bank image,
    • ₦160billion was paid out by Sanusi Lamido at Central Bank for self-determined activities,
    • ₦240billion was discretionally doled out at will as ‘donations’ by Sanusi Lamido,
    • ₦1.12billion was taken in cash and entered in the account as paid to a non-operating airline
    for charter service,
    • ₦1.12billion was claimed as spent by Sanusi Lamido on lunch for 12 CBN police
    guards in one year.


      No action by Buhari-on Sanusi–dambazua—amaechi –fashola—prof Yakubu—tinubu

    • felixt

      Am not a defence lawyer for Lamido. These figures appear like monies forcibly demanded and collected by the ruling party at the time. Just like the boko haram arm funds

    • Sir Demo

      It is NSA now, the CBN turn will soon come. And then facts will be separated from rumours

  • joe

    “…they should not bring me into the arms issue…,” – Grandpa, you are neck deep into the sh*t! As a former civil servant you definitely know the money is government money, and you know the implication of being the beneficiary of a stolen property!! You are a lying old man and should be ashamed of yourself.

  • Sir Demo

    Are these VULTURES telling us that they do not know it is ILLEGAL and UNLAWFUL to use public funds to finance political activities? Ladoja an ex Gov! So all these noise about WE ARE SUPPORTING JOBSTHAN BECOS OF THE CONFAB RESOLUTIONS bla bla bla are just self serving and work for payment gotten! May God the Almighty humiliate you in this world and in the hereafter.

    Your generations will never ever be allowed to occupy any public office again. Never in Yoruba land. Agba buruku ni Agba ti awon yi o. Haba! Becos of money and you are not poor in the real sense! Atunbotan yin ti baje.

  • favourtalk

    The old man was shouting up and down that GEJ WAS the best not knowing that it was because of the money which they took was the driving force keeping them to be shouting all around. god is bigger and Betts r than Them. They will not succeed as a governor again in Nigeria

  • udemeobong

    Who gave him that Juju ring on his wrist? It seems to me as a special charm for protection or whatever it stands for. He can nt tell me, looking at his personality, that that thing is an ordinary ring for the wrist? Take a closer look my people!!! 100 Mio. to campaign away votes maint for APC so that Buhari will not win. Then is was clear that a party like Accord Party can not pull any surprise. Secondly, is Anenih a member of Accord Party? What was he sharing money for and where does he has all this money from? Under what law did he legitimise his action? I mean, do we really have COMMON LAWS that are functioning in this country? It seems like I am sitting in a cinema watching Hollywood blogbuster!!!

  • Sir Demo

    This is money laundering pure and simple. What is the party role of the BoT chairman? Why is it not party chairman to party chairman? Was it paid into the party bank account? Or to Falae and Ladoja Personnal accounts? These crooks deserves no pity. Kuje they must spend their remaining days on earth.

  • Rommel

    PeeeeeeeeeeeeeeDeeeeeeePeeeeee share the money!!!!! share the moneyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!! PeeDeePeeee!

  • linkhadj.

    Is this the same Lodoja who intends to be the Olubadan sometimes to come? God forbid! He will end up in Gashua Prison. As for Falae, the grandpa has messed up himself and deserves no respect again. Soon his Afenifere cohorts will say he is been maligned because he is a Yoruba man as if Afenifere has ever been on any recorning among Yoruba.

    • Sir Demo

      You can say that again. With these revelation, the Olubadan should withdraw the chieftancy title IMMEDIATELY. The same for all other rogues, no national honor, no chieftancy title. The day EFCC induct Omisore, the new Ooonira Arole Oduduwa must withdraw the Apesin title. No honor for thieves in Yorubaland

  • objective

    Looking at the matter with an open mind, it was not in the place of Falae or Ladoja to ask Anenih where the monies came from. Also, Anenih paid them not the ONSA. The nexus obviously with the ONSA is broken, and the money paid to them might not be from the ONSA payment to Anenih; unless we are saying no other funds entered Anenih’s account from which payment was made, during the relevant period. That Anenih said it was the money, does not necessarily makes it the money, it could be an attempt to pull into the saga, as many bystanders as possible. In all, I think cases of people who collected money directly should be dealt with promptly because there is no question about the fact that they knew where the money came from, whilst they can come back to the indirect receivers, so that delay is not used to cover up the entire matter again.

  • Tano

    These people have no case to answer. It is the same thing in every democracy. You want any group to campaign for you then you provide them with the resources to do so. It is not their business to be asking where the money came from. EFCC is simply wasting resources beating about the bush instead of concentrating on getting hard evidence to prosecute the theft of public funds.

  • Maria

    I want to know how much was received by Odumakin, that animal who goes to Bakare’s church.

    • Oladapo Sunday

      Odumakin, Gani Adams, Fredrick Faseun, Bakare, Olisa aghakoba, ozhekome and others need to voluntarily open up as well.

      • Bidemi Lukman

        ….and Ayo Orishejafor