Corruption scandal rocks Jonathan Campaign Committee

FILE PHOTO: President Jonathan at PDP Rally in Ibadan

The unit of the President Goodluck Jonathan campaign organisation responsible for mobilizing the civil society has been hit by a corruption scandal that has now paralysed its operations.

Members of the committee are divided over the leadership style of its chairman, Nick Eze, a professor.

They accused Mr. Eze of cornering the kick-off funds he received from the presidency and of sabotaging the entire campaign.

“As far as the presidential campaign organisation is concerned, the Civil Society committee is a fraud,” an aggrieved member told PREMIUM TIMES. “Professor Nick has abandoned his office and is now running the committee from his bedroom.”

Several members of the committee, who spoke with this newspaper, expressed frustration with Mr. Eze’s management of the committee.

“On one occasion, he called a meeting and we asked for accounts, he insulted us and said that he is a personal friend of the president and only reports to him directly,” another committee member said. “We are just committee members on paper.”

The committee is currently dormant as members appear disillusioned and too disgruntled to mobilize voters for the president.

A member of the committee, who said he stopped work since early February, claimed that highhandedness is widespread amongst other committees. He explained that the selfish interest of the committee chairman is the reason the president is going round by himself meeting with every group.

“Ordinarily, we should have done that for the president,” he said.

Mr. Eze dismissed the accusations. He said they were “unfounded” and coming from “jobless people.”

He blamed the opposition for sponsoring the “jobless people” making the accusations.

Troubled campaign

Troubles began when Mr. Eze bought a bulletproof Prado SUV, shortly after receiving the kick-off funds. Members of the committee, who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES, accused the professor of enriching himself with the funds rather than applying it to the campaigns.

They also claim that Mr. Eze cornered other cars meant for the committee and drove them down to his home in Enugu state, South East Nigeria, where he is currently hiding them. He is also accused of not letting money go round committee members and owing sitting allowances.

A committee member said Mr. Eze’s posturing is strengthening claims that the PDP is almost always about “sharing money” even if its earmarked for public good.

PREMIUM TIMES understands that the crisis in the committee peaked early February when angered committee members protested alleged claim by Mr. Eze that he had spent N100 million in organising campaign events.

Some committee members challenged the claim, saying the less than 140 attendees at the events in Abuja and Lagos were drawn locally and paid N3,000 each in stipends.

Members of the committee subsequently complained to the National Campaign Adviser, Tony Anenih.

“He refused to show up after Anenih summoned him,” a member of the committee said. “He was later forced to appear before Anenih after police officers were used to bring him in.”

Several members of the committee are now up in arms against Mr. Eze. Thursday last week, angered members of the committee planned a meeting to pass a vote of no confidence on him and demand his removal as well as a refund of all funds he had so far received.

Shortly before the meeting, Rufai Alkali, the special adviser to the president on political matters and a close friend of Mr. Eze, intervened.

The “temporary truce” was reached in Mr. Alkali’s office, members of the committee told PREMIUM TIMES.

Mr. Eze denied the meeting was over the scandal. He argued that only the chairman can summon meeting and that the absence of minutes from the Thursday meeting invalidates its existence.

“Committee members did not give me money,” he said in defence of accusations he is not accountable.

The no-confidence vote was stalled but committee members remain angered and are spoiling for fresh showdown with Mr. Eze.

The spokesperson for the Campaign, Femi Fani-Kayode, did not answer or return calls seeking his comments for this story.


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  • Spoken word

    Jonathan is synonymous with graft,corruption,lack of accountability and sharing of money.

    • Olubayo

      You are right. I wish our teeming youths will be able to think about their future and not allow sentiments to put them in bondage.

      • Spoken word

        quite sad how some people cannot see how this country’s resources are being frittered away.They have decided to play deaf, dumb and blind.

  • Adam B

    PDP is synonymous to corruption and GEJ is synonymous to failure…shikenan

  • DD

    Their benefactor is corrupt, so what do you expect? Everyone wants to grab his share of the loot before the prison gate is closed.

  • the truth

    Premium times please tell nigerians how u connives with your pay masters apc to lie to nigerians that buhari was in london when he interviewed with arise africa,when buhari was in abuja transcorp.that story did not make front news even after the orgAnisers have come out to say apc deceived nigerians

    • progress

      What are you talking about? Are drunk?

    • tundemash

      Mr. Career Liar, the headline of this story is abut the goats stealing the stolen Nigerian yams.
      Keep the contribution to the story.

      If you have any story about the APC, approach your NTA, AIT and Thisday! Shikena !

  • Maria

    The whole campaign committee is an assemblage of convicted felons and looters…eg Femi Fani-Were Kayode. I dey laugh ooooo! These people know too well that the money given to them is stolen from the national treasury…hence…they must corner it…Yeye people.

  • Arabakpura

    It is no longer news! The CAN wing has also been hit by similar bug!

  • nsikak

    everybody is taking his or her own share of the national cake. n nigerians would still vote who they want.

  • Omo Owu

    wetin tiri tauson fit buy ? I laff like baba iyabo

  • Umar Dendi

    We keep on saying it. Corruption does not know when or where to stop.
    Its a cancer that will metastasize until it consumes everything on its path.
    We need to know that even the super rich and super powerful will one day fall victim to this pestilence
    Lets wipe it out before its too late!

  • Segun

    APC and their propaganda through premium.

    • Maitama Tambari

      Thank God you are Yoruba if Segun is your real name . I believe Nick Eze is Ndigbo. Segun, have you ever worked in an environment where Ndigbo is the head of department? If not, let me tell you how they operate. From cleaner, Driver, Messenger, Secretary to Typist, Administrating Officers to Middle and Senior Management Staff would have to be Ndigbos. But if he is in a situation where he cannot influence the recruiting of Middle and Senior Management Staff, to shield him from dubious activity, he would resort to such behavior more so, to scare would be challengers, as he claims to be President Personal friend and the assignment is personal, he doesn’t need them. A Yoruba person would allow the system to give any Nigerian Staff to work with while a Hausa man will only interfere if his allowed, in choosing his Driver. He can also work with any Nigeria. This is the right time for any scholar who wants to challenge this hypothesis to do so as many Ndigbos are at helms of affairs. CHANGE! YES WE CAN.

      • Segun

        Maitama, u are too tribalistic to start with. Purge urself of this hatred. I have worked with Igbos, where I live now is a house own by an igboman. They may be money conscious and financial aggressive but they are very accommodating.

        Meanwhile, there are many corrupt Nigerians in all divides. Restricting it to only Igbos is unfair.

      • True Nigerian

        Stereotypes always fail the most fundamental laws of logic. It takes a lot of short-sightedness for anyone to argue that in a set of 10,000 people, everybody will have exactly the same character and values as each other. I am not even talking about a set of tens of millions of people.
        You have displayed a very low level of thought process. It’s unfortunate.

    • tundemash

      and yet you are here daily to read propaganda ? HYPOCRITE !

  • TRUTH MASTER

    Any edifice built on quicksand is bound to collapse. Prof. Eze knows this, hence his eagerness to grab as much as he can before the collapse. PDP itself is a fraud. Why won’t the committees operating under the same tattered umbrella?

  • sir Oscie

    A house divided against itself will never stand…
    PDP smh!!!
    The whole system needs sanitation and mostly CHANGE….

  • djay

    Ohaneze is split because most of the #5 billion naira was cornered which led to the secretariat being burnt down. CAN is not left out as most of the #7 billion naira was cornered giving state chapters a meagre #3 million naira.

  • sammyctu ode

    These are the sort of corrupt characters that jonathan and pdp assembled together to run his ill faith campaign. They are all thieves, armed robbers and looters. They will loot anything even their mamas’ private parts if money is there. Why is jonathan never on top of anything in his life, is he so drunk that he can’t take time to interview all these armed robbers around him? Anyway, his days are numbered till May 29th, 2015.

  • Segun

    What is important now is, where is Buhari?

    • zacchaeus Akinleye

      You are betraying your name by your alliance with the perfidy of the PDP and that’s a shame.

      • Ayo Kellany

        This is an Igbo boy masquerading as a Yoruba pls do not be fooled.

    • tundemash

      Is Buhari your Presidential candidate or why are you having headache for APC’s business ?
      I guess the story of the goats eating the stolen yams is not important Mr. Clueless ?

  • True Nigerian

    Jonathan knows only corrupt people. That can only mean one thing – that he himself (Jona) is baptised in corruption.

    Can has been rubbished by Jonathan’s desperate corruption. Governors forum rubbished by a President who is so desperate that he convinced himself that 16 is greater than 19. Nigerian bishops rubbished by Jonathan’s corruption! Nigerian army rubbished by the same man; Afenifere has been damaged as he (Jonathan) goes around sharing money to big names, as if it is not the millions of Nigerians whose lives are damaged by his corruption are not the people that will vote.

    Jonathan is too dangerous and too toxic to Nigeria. He has to go! We must send him back to Otueke. Poor Otuoke people! How they wish they can also dash him out (donate him and his wife) to another village.

    • Segun

      If Jonathan knows only corrupt people, then Buhari surrounds himself with criminally corrupt people.

  • Segun

    What is important is that GEJ will win landslide.

  • blueeyedkitten

    with all this money-sharing, why will they work for the people if elected back to office? they’d simply steal our wealth to fill-in the void. nigerians be wise.

  • SAM .A

    Eze is applying the # 1policy of their government : stealing is not corruption& accoutability is no go Area. Whether is Goverment money, private money or party fund , steal as much as u want . He bough bullet proof SUV ,drove all committee car with money to Enugu for keep& evade meetingsThis is characteristic of criminal enterprise that is PDP.

  • Amir

    The scenario is this: A lot of good people have left the president leaving him at the mercy of swindlers who flood Abuja to sing empty Transformation that they don’t even believe in. The president who is excited at praises and propaganda quickly recruited them not realising that most of them cannot even reach their villages because they are notorious for scam and may be indebted through their fictitious SURE-P companies. Now the president’s hands are tied. If he confronts them they decamp. If he leaves them, they smile away to the next jackpot politician. After all cunny man die, cunny man bury am. Where I come from, you cannot claim to have built a house if all you did was to repaint your father’s house. Jonathan repainted past presidents legacy structures, this is the worst form of lazy valueless leadership. President Jonathan should stop wasting resources on party cronies who only see him as an weak opportunity. He shouls leave power through the same democratic process he came. Period.

  • Olakunle Abimbola

    Even if the allegations against Prof. Eze is correct, it would still be ordinary stealing, far away from corruption! And if you are looking for the Jonathan riddle of goat and yam, this is graphic illustration! As to Femi Fani-Kayode losing his loquacity for once, you can’t expect him to talk while busy eating? That would be bad table manners!

  • Wähala

    Sharing money is not corruption, at least Mr. Eze rightly claimed that, “committee members did not give me any money”…na JoDumbo money e corner since stealing is not corruption… therefore, sharing stolen money from our Treasury cannot be corruption. Hahaha chei. PDP logic in fighting corruption. Dumbo is corruption magnified! CAN, Campaign, Ohanaeze, Egba Chiefs, Nollywood, Army, DSS, EFCC… All hands are on deck in JonDumbo’s Lootocratic system of government. Oloshi!

  • Olutola

    Thieves. Shege barawo!

  • Chris1408

    GEJ campaign is run the way he ran Nigeria. This is just the beginning, the whole campaign will soon crash the way he crashed our economy and Naira.

  • warry

    APC has an Ideology. Lies,manipulations,misinformation,hypocrisy,blackmail,propaganda,more lies,etc. Wherever, people gather there may be agitations for money. Definitely, that is not widespread corruption.

  • Wise Head

    Mrs. Aisha Buhari has just said that her husband, Gen Buhari, is in London “to rest”. Ehyeeeah! So there are no comfortable beds for the General to have his rest in Daura that the he had go to London “to rest” in this peak of winter? Does one rest under a favourable weather or a very harsh one as we have it in London presently? Well, the late Yar’Adua used to go to Germany to “rest” too, until he extended the rest to Saudi Arabia. Now if Buhari becomes president, how many times will he always jet out to London to go and rest? Nigeria is in for a big shit. Well the big relief is that Buhari will fail big time.

    • tundemash

      Are u sick? stop stalking a woman !

      • Otile

        Abubakar tundemash, you are actually saying that he should leave Hajiya alone for you, praying that Imam will soon go kaput then you inherit her. Tactics, comrade, tactics.

    • progress

      Moron, Buhari may outlive you so stop your nonsensical satire.

  • Wise Head

    Something more dreadful is is unfolding out there. In recent statement, APC spokesman, Garba Shehu alleged that the FG is planning to invent a “fake” Imam Shekau whom they will make to say that the APC and Buhari are behind Boko Haram. I think that this quite an unnecessary anxiety. But it also demonstrates that the APC is already panicking. This is too early. The blood-thirsty politicians using the Boko Haram killings and violence as a tool to bring power back to the North will surely be exposed this time. Imam Shekau will surely be caught alive. If he promised APC that he will not allow himself to caught alive (as implied in their statement above), the APC and BH leader will all be disappointed, because very soon, he will be in custody and he will spill the bean. By the way, who told the APC that the man wants to die? Look at the example of Osama Bin Laden who would send some brainwashed fellows on suicide missions while he stayed back in his Pakistani palace amusing himself with his three wives and watching porn. So, I doubt if Shekau wants to die. He may even be the worst coward that ever walked on planet, though a sadist. So, Buhari and APC should not predict what the man would say. They should keep their fingers crossed until he is caught. This is becoming interesting.

    • progress

      Address the topic here and stop trying to divert to a non issue.

      • David Adeniran

        That is their style, their have the Spirit of DIVERSION working in their lives. Their are so petty and also diversionary.

      • Wizard

        After all, he calls himself Wise Head. I wonder!

    • Omotolaaraujo

      The PDP should start the Dead Shekau Society. All the members will look like Shekau and post their faces on Facebook. They can hold a yearly event to see who most resembles the terrorist himself. He will not allow himself to be taken alive. His body will explode in his last effort to kill infidels.

  • tundemash

    na wa oh ! There is no honour among these thieves, so they steal what they have stolen from Nigeria too !

    • burning spear

      Look at the views of an Ibo man———–when atiku wanted to run his election campaign-he got Alams–and Ibori during the era of obj and got them too waste the resources of the Niger Delta people—-At the end f the day–it was these people that obj sent t jail–he chased Ibori to prison in London——While rogues like Tinubu are being celebrated by Nigeria—-Now they have——Amaechi–as the Bill Gates of APC. The question to ask is if the presidential candidate was from one of the old regions of Nigeria—would an ijaw man been allowed to go near the funds———?–The answer is a big No. But because Jonathan is a detribalized Nigerian—he would rather have every ethnic group–come close to him–as a matter of fact there are no ijaws———-in his campaign team–its the usual regional thieves——————that have been working to destroy Nigeria since 1960 ————that are still there with him——running around in circles—————————-The blame for this mess—should be put squarely on the shoulders of Mauzu—————————-Tukur is a better manager than Muazu———-whose only interest lies in being seen monitoring the activities of the —————President——–for Buhari——————period——–U hardly ever hear APC openly disagree with themselves in public——————-After the elections——they were all warned not to open their mouths against buhari and it has remained till date—–Not PDP————WHAT A SHAME

      • Guest

        burning spear
        The fact is President Jonathan is a disgrace and insult to the memories of great detribalized men from the Niger Delta, giants technocrats, great economists, and brilliant military minds that served Nigeria with honor.

      • tundemash

        Deri,

        Keep ranting. These are PDP goats stealing the yams stolen by PDP from Nigeria.

        • SAM .A

          Deri has started leaking his wound,& mourning his loss. He has invested billion words ,million hours & thousands of naira. All now in flame.

      • Wähala

        Deri…
        Pour yourself a greedy gulp of ogogoro. I told you so on SR many times, many years ago. Stop ranting like a hooker. Hahaha chei! Na Mr. Eze abi? Thought as much when you refered to my good friend, Ogbeni Tunde as an Igbo man, I knew then you’re as high as a kite on whatever is frying your regional oblongata. Drunk! So, “Ebele” no be Igbo again, ba? Tell him to change his Abuja land grab from “Ebele Integrated Farms” to your regional slave names biko, my people’s role like I keep telling you is to “count cash” in One Nigeria… Hahaha chai!

  • Amir

    Mr Eze is the goat, and PDP campaign fund is the yam. No offence committed according to the president’s goat and yam analogy. A PDP goat is eating PDP yam, so what?

    • Maxwell

      Like we say in Ibo “na the person wey carry igu (goat’s food) na him wey goat dey follow.”

  • burning spear

    TUNDEMESS———-Look at the views of an Ibo man——-sOON HE WILL CLAIM HE IS YORUBA- LIKE TINUBU—-when atiku wanted to run his election campaign-he got Alams–and Ibori during the era of obj and got them too waste the resources of the Niger Delta people—-At the end f the day–it was these people that obj sent t jail–he chased Ibori to prison in London——While rogues like Tinubu are being celebrated by Nigeria—-Now they have——Amaechi–as the Bill Gates of APC. The question to ask is if the presidential candidate was from one of the old regions of Nigeria—would an ijaw man been allowed to go near the funds———?–The answer is a big No. But because Jonathan is a detribalized Nigerian—he would rather have every ethnic group–come close to him–as a matter of fact there are no ijaws———-in his campaign team–its the usual regional thieves——————that have been working to destroy Nigeria since 1960 ————that are still there with him——running around in circles—————————-The blame for this mess—should be put squarely on the shoulders of Mauzu—————————-Tukur is a better manager than Muazu———-whose only interest lies in being seen monitoring the activities of the —————President——–for Buhari——————period——–U hardly ever hear APC openly disagree with themselves in public——————-After the elections——they were all warned not to open their mouths against buhari and it has remained till date—–Not PDP————WHAT A SHAME——WHAT A COUNTRY

    • Otile

      This idiotic aborigine, you must be deported back to Papua New Guinea your ancestral home. You must be deported in a rusty dugout canoe via Fernando Po. Your canoe must be packed with old bottles of ogogoro and alligator pepper. You must paddle your own canoe so that you can catch fish for your meals on the way home. Your journey has to start immediately after the elections.

      Druken_idiot.

      • burning spear

        @wahala———-see yr brother a –prof——————-who specializes in stealing———————-

  • Dan Arewa

    After all they are campaigning for the man who said ‘STEALING IS NOT CORRUPTION’ to rule Nigeria for the second time. PDP goats eating Nigeria’s yam. Jonothing will be the end recipient of all of these.

  • Emancipation

    Same as Deziani nothing will happen na padi padi thing.

  • Jumoke

    It is alleged that GEJ donated a Rolls Royce to Bakare for his 60th birthday which he rejected. A he-goat looking politician from the East is now fighting tooth and nail to have the Rolls Royce by hook or crook after all “stealing is not corruption”, Jonathan et al, 2014, 2015.

  • SAM .A

    Why they are sharing blood in Borno according to Mama peace,President Jonathan is sharing corruption through Eze of Enugu,his campaign committee Chairman . This confirmed his golden word that stealing is not corruption and Eze will only be checked or caught stealing only by Computer.

  • Strong System

    Eze is just one out of plenty thieves.
    All the people shouting “Pdp” are there for the money or sheer sentiment

  • BABUYANMA

    Eze, the biafrian and money. A child just find sweet candy.

  • ODOFIN, Lagos

    Ole gbe, ole gba meaning gej stole the money and eze & his team stole the stolen fund too…I dey laffss. Before March 28, 2015, it will be clear to all the doubting thomases that gej will not win 2015 election and that Buhari will be elected as the next president of Nigeria

  • peaceometer

    Money still remains, 25 billion is not small money. Guys go and queue.

  • hummm

    Stealing is not corruption. lol

    • burning spear

      when u talk about corruption–u speak of government ati political thieves—————————————–not everyday thieves———————————

  • Omotolaaraujo

    It’s part of the transformation. The scandals are becoming a weekly event, sometimes daily. The PDP must be broken apart and dissected to prevent further damage to Nigerians.

  • Hah!

    what do you people expect from a disciple of A. Nzerebe?

  • Umar Dendi

    One thing i’ve noticed with Jona’s supporters is that when ever they say
    something that seems factual, it more than frequently turns out to be a
    lie, and when challenged, the bulk of them either repeat the same lies
    all over again or swiftly resort to name calling and insults. Now I use
    to think its some sort of “Strategy” but after what i’ve seen, I’m now
    of the opinion that most of them do have some sort of affliction
    upstairs!

    • Otile

      Umaru Dendi boy, you now see that Islam is a bane on society. Those lies you are talking about are what some Muslim members in PDP call taqiyya, they use it to bull-jive people. For you when APC uses taqiyya to deceive it is quite acceptable. So Umaru boy, which side you dey?

      • Christian

        I thought that people have stopped arguing on religion and have faced reality. Is Nick Eze, who is lying about committee money, a Muslim now? People simply drop issues and speak trivial. Shaking my head.

        • Otile

          I and Umaru Dendi are saying the same thing, we are talking about taqiyya, but you as a Christian don’t understand.

        • Umar Dendi

          Do not mind the twit, he’s a Gejite!
          Exactly the point I was Making.
          They quickly degenerate to baseless name calling and try to divert us from the main issues!

      • burning spear

        That Booooooooooooooooooooooooohar enlisted into the army with a letter of recommendation abi———-

    • burning spear

      such as the certificate scandal of buhari abi

      • Umar Dendi

        Exactly like that!
        Only a nincompoop will even suggest that Buhari doesn’t have a certificate!
        Its like someone claiming that Buhari was never Nigeria’s Head of State!
        The evidence is littered throughout Time
        Only a goose brain would even consider such a lie!!

    • KG

      They are all political children of clueless GEJ….hopefully the would be on hand to escort Mr Clueless to Otouke.

  • Scalywag

    No surprises

  • Ibrahim

    ThievesAmongNigerians campagining for chief Looter what do you expect

  • Abdul

    Lol, the man wan enjoy him own share before Jona is sent to Otueke. free money indeed.

  • burning spear

    -Look at the rotten regional views of an Ibo man——-SOON HE WILL CLAIM HE IS YORUBA- LIKE TINUBU—-when atiku wanted to run his election campaign-he got Alams–and Ibori during the era of obj and got them to waste the resources of the Niger Delta people–on him————inspite of his wealth–by promising to make them his VPs–At the end of the day–it was these minority people that obj sent to jail–he chased Ibori to prison in London——While rogues like Tinubu were being celebrated by Nigeria—-Now they have——Amaechi–as the Bill Gates of APC. The question to ask is if the presidential candidate was from one of the old regions of Nigeria—would an ijaw man been allowed to go near the funds———?–The answer is a big No. But because Jonathan is a detribalized Nigerian—he would rather have every ethnic group–come close to him–as a matter of fact there are no ijaws———-in his campaign team–its the usual regional thieves——————that have been working to destroy Nigeria since 1960 ————that are still there with him——running around in circles———He has d likes of Comfort Obi–of all women in charge of new media———————The entire mess—should be put squarely on the shoulders of Mauzu———-HE IS A FAILURE——————Tukur is a better manager than Muazu———-whose only interest lies in being seen monitoring the activities of the —————President——–for Buhari——–MAY BE——————U hardly ever hear APC openly disagree with themselves in public——————-After the apc primary elections——they were all warned not to open their–JANJAWEED mouths against buhari and it has remained–SO till date—–Not PDP—-Why-MUST THE PRESIDENT RUN THE AFFAIRS OF EVERY DEPARTMENT IN PDP?——WHAT A SHAME——WHAT A COUNTRY–WHAT A PARTY————-

  • dankasa

    Stealing is not corruption polO!

  • Harry

    GEJ will end up in prison very soon.

  • KG

    Monkey no fit born goat. They are all products of our good president and the PDP. They surely need a break come March 28.

  • ASM

    What does one expect from an offshoot of the corrupt presidency and PDP that has ruled of beloved nation in corrupt style for over five years? A monkey begets a monkey

  • hyperbole123

    no honor among thieves. ole gbe, ole gbaa.. one thief heisted it, another one snatches it… all na criminals. PDP attracts criminals like dead body attracts maggots. there is no single soul there with 10% integrity. i mean just 10%. anyone who votes for this people will go straight to hell! i swear for them! amen…