Roforofo latest: Obasanjo's $1billion Dollars In London Bank?

Bombshell: Obasanjo's $1billion Dollars In London Bank!
As the messy fight between President Olusegun Obasanjo and his deputy, Abaubakar Atiku get messier, more revelationa of financial impropriety are beginning to surface. The Times of Nigeria can reveal exclusively that President Olusegun Obasanjo has over the years wired close to $1billion dollars to foreign accounts through his girlfriend, Lamide Adegbenro and other associates. The Times of Nigeria is currently in possession of a "Payment Credit Advice" document from a British bank, "NatWest Bank PLC" advising one Ms. Lamide Adegbenro of 15 Teresa close Nottinghill, Londo W2 4DA that the sum of $110,000 United States dollars has been wired into her account from Habib Bank Nigeria Limited on 474 Langtang Close, area 3, Garki Abuja.

The total amount of USD 109,987.47 was paid into Ms Lamide Adegbenro's account number 140-00-08664641 after subtracting the commission fee from the original amount. The payment was authorized by Bodunde Adeyanju, the personal assistant to President Obasanjo who has been in the center of allegations and counter allegations between the President and his Vice over the operation of the MOFAS account.

The transfer, with reference number "031030CHBSES33CXXX164641" was dated October 31st 2004. A commission of $12.53 cents was paid for the transfer.

Our source, who is based in the United Kingdom, has promised to reveal documents detailing deposits of about $1B dollars deposited in United Kingdom by the President through his proxies.

"Over the next few days therefore, I will be releasing a number of documents for Nigerians to read and see the degree of decadence of Mr. President. It is the evidence that will demand a verdict."

"Based on what is available, I have a rough calculation of about $1billion dollars that have been laundered? There is also Obasanjo's purported resignation letter which was secured in London just in case the Third term issue goes haywire."

"We will also talk about Alam, Nigeria and the British intelligence? Who is telling the truth?"

"What about Dariye? Did he not use his diplomatic passport to enter Nigeria?"

"I realise that in making these information available, I will be a marked man. That is the sacrifice that has to be paid anyway. Some people paid similar prices before us, and they have laid an example for us to follow in their footsteps. May God grant us the heart and strength as well as long life to see Nigeria become great again?"

"The question we have to ask ourselves, that is if we truly love Nigeria, is: Was Obasanjo using his PA and his girlfriend as well to launder money to London? The source concluded.

"Obasanjo never sanctioned diversion of public funds"
September 14, 2006


Our attention has been drawn to the latest attempt by the Atiku Abubakar Campaign Organisation to divert public attention from the serious matter of the Vice President's indictment for diversion of public funds, fraud and abuse of office.

It is most unfortunate indeed that the Vice President and his cronies and rented voices have chosen not to heed the wise counsel of those who have pointed out that making false and baseless allegations against others is no defence for those against whom damning evidence of wrongdoing has been established.

For the records however, President Olusegun Obasanjo has never directed or forced any individual or organisation to make donations to any of the many associations and non-profit making causes which he supports, including the National Mosque and the National Christian Centre in Abuja. Neither has he ever sanctioned the diversion of public funds to any political party.

In the same vein, it cannot possibly be President Obasanjo's responsibility to account for any presents which others voluntarily choose to give his relations, aides or associates."

We therefore fail to see the point, in relation to the President and the subsisting indictment against the Vice President, of yesterday's statement by the Atiku Abubakar Campaign Organisation which variously alleged that payments were made by Otunba Oyewole Fasawe's company, MOFAS, to the PDP, the African Leadership Forum, the Ibogun Olaogun Development Association and others.

It is important to note that the Atiku Abubakar Campaign Organisation is wilfully trying to becloud the main issues of his indictment by attempting, in its latest statement, to equate or confuse public funds held by the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) with the MOFAS account owned by Otunba Fasawe.

PTDF must also not be confused with the Marine Float Account which is owned and controlled by the Vice President since 1992, and which has received sundry 'donations.'

The fact of the present matter is that while there is glaring evidence of direct payments to the Vice President and his personal assistant from a primary beneficiary of the illegal diversion of PTDF funds, none of the photocopies of cheques maliciously issued to the press yesterday by the Atiku Abubakar Campaign Organisation shows any such payment to the President.

The effort should therefore be dismissed as a pitiful attempt to tar the President with the same brush as the Vice President has wilfully and consciously tarred himself.


Remi Oyo
Senior Special Assistant to President Obasanjo
 



Statement by OHL Trustees Daniel Etsu and Lucky Egede On President Obasanjo and Investment in Transcorp
September 14, 2006


Our attention has been drawn to a raging debate in some of the national newspapers on allegations that President Olusegun Obasanjo invested in Transcorp.

There is no truth in the allegation and we therefore wish to state as follows:

Companies are legal persons distinct from their shareholders and particularly when the shareholders are neither directors nor engaged in the day to day running of the company."

Shortly before the inception of the Olusegun Obasanjo administration in 1999, a Non-recourse Trust deed was executed by the President in favour of Elder Daniel Atsu and Barrister Lucky Egede. This was in compliance with constitutional requirements and the President's moral and ethical persuasion and on legal advice to disengage from these interests.

By the said Trust, Elder Atsu and Lucky Egede were to run the business and the social service interests of the President at their absolute discretion. This conforms to what is done by all fair minded and honest leaders all over the world.

For the purposes of introduction, Elder Daniel Atsu is an accountant of noble character who has been Managing Director of Obasanjo Holdings Limited since 1995 and an employee of the same organisation since 1985, about 21 years of meritorious service.

Also named in the Trust was Barrister Lucky Egede, a member of the Nigerian Bar since 1987 and has worked with Obasanjo Holdings Limited since 1988.

These gentlemen have over a period of almost two decades earned the President's trust and it is no surprise that upon his election, he appointed the two to manage everything that has to do with his business and social service interests.

It must be remembered that at the roughest of times the Trustees, Messrs Daniel Atsu and Lucky Egede have remained the back bone of all family business and social service interests of the President since 1995.

Opportunity to invest in Transcorp came to the Trustees in the normal course of business like so many other business opportunities. Furthermore, it is well settled in law that Trustees have absolute discretion to invest trust funds as they deem fit. What should be important to the Trustees and indeed all Nigerians, is that such investments are legitimate.

Like all progressive business concerns, we have borrowed and are still borrowing from various banks in the ordinary course of business and we do not believe that a President should conduct winding up proceedings for his businesses before assuming office.

One of the subsidiary companies named in the Non-recourse Trust is Ibad Limited. The company is engaged in the manufacture, distribution and marketing of agricultural equipment and materials and we have supplied and installed agricultural equipment and materials for people in and out of government in the ordinary course of business.

For example, our clientele includes the farm of the wife of the Vice President in Adamawa State. All cheques received by Ibad Limited were received in the ordinary course of business and we do not want to be dragged into unnecessary controversies.

We accept responsibility for all investments of Obasanjo Holdings Limited and its subsidiary companies and state that it is absolutely unfair to associate the person of the President with the running of any business because the Trust gave us absolute powers.


Signed
 
Daniel Atsu
Mr. Lucky Egede
Obasanjo Holdings Limited (OHL)

Click Next below to review earlier statement from Atiku's camp "Obasanjo, Family and Businesses Benefitted from PTDF Account"

{mospagebreak}Obasanjo, Family and Businesses Benefitted from PTDF Account", Says Atiku Abubakar's Camp

Claims by President Olusegun Obasanjo that he did not personally benefit from the PTDF deposit in Trans International Bank (TIB) as well as from campaign funds in the account of MOFAS shipping line, are not consistent with facts on ground.

Mrs. Oyo in her statement, said yesterday that, and we quote: "Concerning Mr. Bodunde Adeyanju, the Special Assistant to the President who was mentioned as a beneficiary of PTDF fund, Otunba Fasawe or any campaign fund on behalf of the President, we repeat that nothing can be further from the truth." This has necessitated the need for our campaign office to supply the missing facts to the Nigerian public.

 The documents available to us, some of which we are attaching to this statement, show that the President, his family, businesses, native community and the PDP of which he has proclaimed himself a life leader, have benefited tremendously from money deposited in the accounts he is now dissociating himself from. The President's Personal Assistant, Mr. Bodunde Adeyanju made over 100 sorties to TIB Abuja (located at Tofa House in the Central Business District) between 1999 and 2004.

The truth of the matter, is that there is a "big linkage" between Chief Obasanjo and Otunba Fasawe contrary to the claims that the President has made. There are cheques worth over N100 millon issued to IBAD Nigeria Limited, a construction company solely owned by Obasanjo from Fasawe's MOFAS TIB accounts. There are also payments Fasawe directly made to the Obasanjo Africa Leadership Forum and to Obasanjo Campaign Organisation. (Please see attached documents).

Documentary evidence also reveals that the President even bought a brand new Peugeot 607 for woman friend, Ms. Lamide Adegbenro, from the MOFAS account. The President also bought a Prado Jeep for Mrs Ajoke Mohammed, wife of the late Head of State, General Murtala Mohammed.

The vehicles were supplied by R.T. Briscoe in December 2001. The company also supplied two Coaster buses for Obasanjo's Bells Comprehensive High School in Ota at about the same time. (see attached documents).

It is false and malicious to allege that funds from the PTDF deposit were    used to fund the private projects of the Vice President. Otunba Oyewole Fasawe, a long time friend of Atiku donated only a building at ABTI Academy in Yola.

The N61m cheque in the name of Atiku Abubakar is a forgery. It was issued in someone else's name which the President's camp erased and then superimposed Atiku's name and re-photocopied. That cheque does not exist either in the bank or EFCC record. When EFCC Chairman, Nuhu Ribadu met the Vice President in the course of their investigation, he never showed these particular cheques. Even the EFCC Report that dripped of blood and hatred did not make any such claim. Where did the draft come from?

Instead of Atiku, it is the President who has personally benefited from both the PTDF accounts and campaign money sourced from a ministry under the direct supervision of Mr. President.

The purchase of two Coaster buses valued at N11million for Obasanjo's Bells Comprehensive School, Ota is proof that the President has personally benefited from Fasawe's MOFAS accounts at TIB and from the Marine Float account at Habib Bank. The TIB Abuja branch cheque was issued on December 20, 2001. An additional N1.95 million was also issued to R.T Briscoe on TIB Apapa branch on 7th December 2001.

Also, a TIB Abuja branch cheque of N4 million was issued to Ibogun-Olaogun Development Association on 26 th February 2004. Ibogun-Olaogun is Obasanjo's village. From 1999 until after the elections in 2003, the President through Bodunde Adeyanju collected over N3billion from MOFAS account at TIB Abuja branch.

The MOFAS account is a dedicated account run by Otunba Fasawe which was made available to the Presidency and the party is well aware of movements into and from the account.

Marine Float was a dormant account placed at the disposal of the campaign.

The N500 million Umar Pariya was said to have collected was for campaign activities and for the settling of debts arising from the election expenditures by the party. Cheques drawn on this account and paid to the party, post-2003 election are available and some attached here.

Congressman William Jefferson is not credible. He took $6.5M from a Nigerian businessman and refused to supply equipment. He only managed to refund $1.7M.

Jefferson also lied that he gave the Vice President $100,000 only for the money to be found in his refrigerator by the FBI, as revealed in the affidavit deposited before a judge to obtain a search warrant for his Capitol Hill office.

It is not true that the President decided to probe his deputy after he was tipped off by a Jefferson associate. The President wants to punish the Vice President for frustrating his third agenda. It is an act of vendetta.

The President has always been privy, to all transactions as evidence in the flow of cash from TIB MOFAS account to his family, friends, political party, community and businesses.

The Payments were made to the campaign.

As regards the refund of Dariye donation, Governor Joshua Dariya has confirmed paying N100m from ecological fund to the PDP. In the course of investigating Plateau State Accounts, Nuhu Ribadu stumbled on this payment, he brought it to the attention of the Vice President who was the chairman of the campaign, and the Vice President took it up with the President who accepted that they had no option but to return the money. The President paid N50million and insisted since it was a joint ticket, that the Vice President would have to pay the balance. Anyway, Oyo's new admission that Obasanjo refunded N50m of the Dariye donation contradicts earlier claim by the President and PDP that the donation did not exist.

It is sad and unfortunate that the President would claim to have assisted the Vice President with the money. The Vice President and Otunba Oyewole Fasawe are known to have contributed N200million in 1998 to pay off Obasanjo's debt to banks. Since then, the Vice President has provided various financial assistance to the President.

Concerning Bodunde Adeyanju, the claim that the money he collected could not be more that N5million is also false as shown in the copies of cheques hereby attached. Or did Remi Oyo mean Bodunde collected about N5billion which is more in the region of withdrawals by Bodunde from the MOFAS accounts on behalf of President Obasanjo.

We would like to reaffirm that the so-called EFCC and administrative panel reports are politically motivated. The Atiku probe is motivated by malice and bitterness over the President's life presidency project. The Vice President has no regrets over his principled stand. The Nigerian people know that what is playing out now is the politics of vendetta and small-mindedness.

Finally, we note the fact of Mrs Oyo's uncharitable presentation of the Vice President as a beggarly junior, who is having to be helped out from time to time by an ever generous boss. Let it be said here that the Vice President will remain grateful to the President for whatever favours he had done to him. But it is also important that we don't forget where we are coming from. When the late Alhaji Mahmud Attah raised the pertinent issue of the alleged bankruptcy of the then Chief Obasanjo as an obstacle to his Presidency in 1998, the Vice President in consort with some others did take up the challenge, and with the debt on his neck now paid, threats to the General in his bid for power was starved off.

As Fela Anikulapo Kuti said in one of the songs, if we don't know where we are coming from, we won't know where we are going.


Signed:

Garba Shehu

Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Organisation

Jabi, Abuja

September 13, 2006





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Re: .Obasanjo, Family and Businesses Benefitted from PTDF Account"
Gwobezentashi posted on 09-14-2006, 02:30:02 AM
Now who is the sleaze ball abi na slime ball sef?

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QUOTE:
Obasanjo/Atiku face-off takes spiritual dimension
John Alechenu, Kano

The current face-off between President Olusegun Obasanjo and Vice-President Atiku Abubakar took a spiritual dimension on Wednesday, as Abubakar's supporters in Jigawa State began three days of fasting.

Spokesman for the group, Alhaji Magaji Aliyu, said the three days fast, which began on Wednesday would end on Friday with special prayers.

Aliyu said the group was convinced that the onslaught against the vice-president was designed to halt his political career.

He said, \"We as supporters of Vice- President Atiku Abubakar decided to take our case before Allah, because the President has so far used all agencies of government to humiliate Atiku. We are praying to God to protect him against his enemies.\"

Aliyu, who is a member of the PDP, said the group had begun to take \"spiritual steps\" to ensure a smooth resolution of the conflict. This, he said, was part of a larger plan to ensure that the disagreement did not degenerate further.

He advised those thinking that Abubakar would drop out of the presidential race to perish the thought because the vice-president was determined more than ever before.

Aliyu dismissed the EFCC's report against Abubakar as cheap blackmail. He assured the supporters of the vice-president across Nigeria that their idol would not disappoint them, adding that the vice-president would remain in the PDP.

He expressed confidence that the PDP would overcome its problems and form government come 2007.
http://www.punchng.com/Articl.aspx?theartic=Art200609141440990

Kai kai kai kai kai KAI KAI! Ahem Ahem.. I beg hold me. Ye paripa! Oti pami o. N3 BILLION!
QUOTE:
ROFOROFO FIGHT

.....egbangidi gban egbangidi gban............ e tear trouser, e tear pant, e tear pata e tear buba. e pull the ting comot, e tear de ting. ................All don scatter, e gbangidi gban e gban gidi GBAN!..................................

Get Away ! Fcuk Off ! Who Are You ? Go And Die !
Fcuk Away ! Get Away ! Who Are You Re ?
You Dey Craze ! I No Craze ! Fcuk Away ! Who Are You Re ?

Na Two People Dey Yab So
Na Two People Dey Yab So
Where Them They Yab, Roforofo Dey
Where Them They Yab, Roforofo Dey

Two People Dey Yab - Henn
Crowd Dey Look - Henn
Roforofo Dey - Henn
Wetin You Go See ? - Henn
Roforofo Fight Eh ! - Henn
Wetin You Go Hear - Henn
Roforofo Fight Eh ! - Henn

If you dey among the crowd wey dey look
If you yourself dey among the crowd wey dey look
And your friend dey among the two wey dey yab
Tell am, tell am, tell am make him no fight o
Make him no fight because Roforofo dey
Your friend don vex him don vex patapata him no go hear
Your friend don vex him don vex patapata him no go hear

By and by the fight go start
By and by them go fall for Roforofo o
Them face go be roforofo face
Them yansh go be roforofo yansh
Them body go be roforofo body
You no go know who your friend be
You no go fit help your friend just because roforofo dey
If you want help your friend Roforofo go rub for your face
If you want help your friend Roforofo go rub for your yansh
You don tell am before make him no fight o
Make him no fight because roforofo dey
Now Listen To Me Now

Roforofo Don Change Them - Henn
Them Go Look Like Twins - Henn
You No Go Know Who Be Who - Henn
You No Go Know Your Friend From Who - Henn
You Don Tell Am Before Make Him No Fight - Henn
Roforofo Dey For There - Henn
Two People Dey Yab - Henn
Crowd Dey Look - Henn
Roforofo Dey - Henn
Wetin You Go See - Henn
Roforofo Fight Eh ! - Henn


KAI, na who be de sleaze ball abi na slime ball sef?

He he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he
Ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho
Ahem... Ahem... 3 billion henn? Wayo Allah! Kai kai kai KAI!
He he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he
Ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho
When N5m become N3billion? Subahanallahi! Kai kai kai KAI!
He he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he
Ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho
N3 billion ko? Lahila lahilallahu Mohammadu larasubillahi! Kai kai kai KAI!
Hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee
Hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee
Hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee
Hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee
Kai walahi, when question jam answer for road another thing go shele o.
He he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he
Ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho

Kai, dis one na him dem dey call low blow, below the belt, for bulokos, FOR KPONYON!
3 BILLION! 3 BILLION! 3 BILLION! 3 BILLION! 3 BILLION! 3 BILLION! 3 BILLION! 3 BILLION!
3 BILLION! 3 BILLION! 3 BILLION! 3 BILLION! 3 BILLION! 3 BILLION! 3 BILLION! 3 BILLION!
3 BILLION! 3 BILLION! 3 BILLION! 3 BILLION! 3 BILLION! 3 BILLION! 3 BILLION! 3 BILLION!
3 BILLION! 3 BILLION! 3 BILLION! 3 BILLION! 3 BILLION! 3 BILLION! 3 BILLION! 3 BILLION!
3 BILLION! 3 BILLION! 3 BILLION! 3 BILLION! 3 BILLION! 3 BILLION! 3 BILLION! 3 BILLION!
KAI! KAI! KAI! KAI! KAI! KAI!
CLEAN HANDS AND EQUITY RINGS SO TRUE.

QUOTE:
The president, who was originally billed to go to the National Assembly later departed Abuja for a trip that would take him to the United States of America, Japan and Singapore. Before he left, he met briefly, behind closed doors, with his lawyer, Chief Afe Babalola (SAN), who arrived the Presidential Villa at about 9.30 am in company of two other lawyers.
Atiku, unruffled and betraying no emotion as usual, walked back to his office accompanied by some of his personal aides after the FEC meeting.
http://www.sunnewsonline.com/webpages/news/national/2006/sept/14/national-14-09-2006-07.htm

Leaders in USA, Japan and Singapore are reading these revelations over their corn flakes this morning and choking. How are they going to maintain a straight face when they meet with the "Bounder of Ibogun", sorry, Balogun of Owu? Tough job but someone's got to do it.

He he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he
Ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho
He he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he
Ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho
He he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he
Ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho

Can we now see why they are laughing at us?

Aluta!

Gwobezentashi
Re: .Obasanjo, Family and Businesses Benefitted from PTDF Account"
Incredulous posted on 09-14-2006, 04:02:59 AM
To Gwobe and all those others who think the only way to view the macabre spectacle that is unfolding before the nation in simplistic pro-/ my man- their man/good guy-bad guy terms, please wake up to reality.

We do not need any of these elements in our political and governance space. Let them emasculate and drag themselves into their river of perdition and so free our nation from the death-lock they have subjected it to. Patriotic Nigerians cannot afford to be partisan about the unravelling of a dishonorable, amoral, ethically bankrupt and selfish clique, their acolytes and their "children" (the most sinister of the whole lot". Let us stop indulging in mediocrity, seize the momentum and work to begin to translate this opportunity into the entrenchment of leadership at all levels defined by commited and evident service, integrity, honour, transparency and ethical governance. Playing one-upmanship on the NVS or other media is pedestrian at best.


I have copied a peice below from today's THISDAY Newspaper that may be of interest to the NVS.

The Sorcerer's Apprentice
The Verdict according to Olusegun Adeniyi 14/09/2006

When at 8p.m last week Tuesday, Attorney General and Justice Minister, Mr. Bayo Ojo, submitted the conclusions of the five-minister Administrative Panel on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Report that put a big question mark on the integrity of Vice President Atiku Abubakar, President Olusegun Obasanjo must have been elated that finally, he had a weapon with which to administer a fatal blow on his deputy.
With military precision, Obasanjo immediately set in motion the machinery to achieve his objective even while time seemed not to be on his side. But we are dealing with a battle-tested General here. The first hurdle was crossed when he re-arranged his schedules last Wednesday such that the weekly Federal Exceutive Council meeting which normally begins at 10a.m. was delayed by three hours. When it eventually convened at 1pm, there were six memos on the agenda none of which had anything to do with the EFCC report or that of the Administrative Panel. The Vice President, who already had an inkling that the matter might come up and had prepared a one-page memo arguing his immunity, must have felt relieved. That was a miscalculation.
Hardly had the first memo been discussed than the president introduced an item that was not on the agenda. He asked the Education Minister, Mrs. Obiageli Ezekwesili, to make a presentation on the state of Education in Nigeria. For more than one hour, with over a hundred slides from her computer, Ezekwesili gave a chilling report on the problems and prospects in the critical sector that has for decades been mismanaged, if not totally neglected, to our eternal shame. While the presentation was, however, thought-provoking, according to insiders, it merely provided opportunity for the president to buy time for the 'Atiku memo' that was being processed for the council meeting.
Not long after Ezekwesili completed her presentation, fresh copies of the agenda were distributed with the earlier one withdrawn. The new one contained eight items for discussion with the last being the Administrative Panel Report. Curiously, the memo was not attached. More drama was, however, to follow.
With the seven substantive memos attended to, it was now time for item number 8 with the attention of council members drawn to the altercation between Obasanjo and Atiku. Speaking out loud, apparently more for the general audience than for his deputy who had made a complaint, Obasanjo said: "The immunity confered on you by the constitution is against prosecution and not investigation. In any case, since you have written your protest in a memo, you will also get a written response from me. Can you now please excuse us?"
Without another word, Atiku packed his papers and walked out of the council chambers. Immediately he left, the president ordered out all advisers, assistants and cabinet office secretariat staff. That done, the memo was distributed for discussion. By the time the session, handled with military precision, ended, a big hurdle had been placed on the political future of Atiku whose presidential dream, dating back to the early nineties, may have been effectively terminated except of course he gets a reprieve from the courts.
In the meantime, I arrived here in New York, United States, on Monday, September 11, (the fifth anniversary of the bloody day that redefined our world), to attend the 2006 World Business Forum. The sessions which ended last night were indeed stimulating with inspiring words on leadership from Rudy Guliani, the former Mayor of New York who rose to the occasion when duty called; Jack Welsh who spoke on Strategy; General Colin Powell who made a presentation on Global Security and former president Bill Clinton who spoke on Peace and Global Prosperity.
While the sessions drew participants from across the globe as people from different fields of human endeavour try to find common solutions to the problems that plague our world, I feel sad that in my country, issues of development hardly elicit such passion as those who rule us spend quality time scheming and fighting for personal space. Quite naturally, almost every Nigerian I have encountered here is agitated about what is happening back home and the implication for the future of our country. The general concern is whether the battle between Obasanjo and Atiku would in anyway advance the cause of our democracy or help derail it.
Incidentally, I have in the last one week been inundated by mails and text messages from readers who seek my views on the whole issue and from what I detect from the messages, it would appear all of them have taken sides one way or another and merely want to enlist my support.
To Obasanjo's supporters, this is a golden opportunity to crush all 'corrupt elements' within our polity and prevent them from gaining access to power in 2007 and anybody who has a contrary opinion must himself be 'corrupt'. For Atiku supporters, this is not a war against corruption but a battle with a dictatorial president for the soul of our democracy even when most of these characters surrounding the VP and who had helped to nudge him on the road to political perdition may not subcribe to any democratic ideal.
Where do I stand? Before I make my own deductions, I need to stress that from information at my disposal, and I spent the weekend in Abuja sniffing the ground, the investigation that now appears to have put Atiku's political career in jeopardy resulted from an inter-agency collaboration between EFCC and the FBI that is on the trail of Congressman Jefferson following the movement of money within and across borders; money whose original source was traceable to a government agency, the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) of which Atiku is chairman, followed by a business disagreement between the American lawmaker and a businessman friend of the VP, Otunba Fasawe and the American lawmaker.
It is, however, interesting that Atiku could now claim immunity against EFCC action when he willingly replied the query of the commission's chairman, Nuhu Ribadu.
In a rather audacious three-page letter dated August 18 this year and sent to the VP, Ribadu had attached a questionaire containing six questions for which he sought clarifications from Atiku. Number one: "There was the approval of $125 million PTDF funds to Equitorial Trust Bank (ETB) and Trnasnational Bank for placements by His Excellency, kindly explain what informed the placements instead of carrying out the projects as specified in the request by the former Special Adviser on Energy, Alhaji Rilwanu Lukman."
Question number two: "There was also the unilateral approval of additional $20 milion by His Excellency to the PTDF and its subsequent placements in TIB. What informed the approval without referring to the Federal Executive Council?"
There were four other questions that space will not allow me to publish and if that was not a query, I wonder what it was. But by responding to the questions raised, Atiku actually provided the weapons not only to legitimise the investigation but he also put a nooze around his own neck with the contradictions inherent in his responses, especially when juxtaposed against the handwritten statements already taken from Otunba Fasawe, his PA, Umar Pariya, his contractor, Alhaji Musa Garba and others.
While I have been following on the internet the claims and counter claims on the issue of the campaign funds, it is instructive to note that there seems to be a clever attempt to confuse issues here because Fasawe became an item essentially because of his connection with Jefferson in the iGate/NDTV saga which opened the pandora box. Fasawe himself presents a complex story.
A longtime friend and business associate of Atiku, he was able, in 1999, to warm his way to Obasanjo by recognising a weakness common to most men and electing to help fill the 'vacuum' in that direction. That was how the Owo, Ondo-born chief became one of the most influential men in Nigeria, dispensing favours until the relationship between Obasanjo and Atiku got sour. Now, where does all these leave Atiku? I have read the defence of his people and they are rather unhelpful.
They are not defending his integrity; they are not saying he is innocent but rather that EFCC report is 'one-sided' and that he did not commit the infractions alone. The recourse unfortunately is to the usual Nigerian refrain: "Is he the only one, what about Obasanjo himself, is he clean?" I hope that is not the kind of defence the VP will take to court. But I understand what is going on and while many may gloat about Atiku's travails and wallow in self-righteousness, the truth is that given the kind of system we run, if God were to mark iniquity, who really can stand?
The point here is that the abuse of office reportedly committed by Atiku, from the EFCC report, is that he was trading with public money. While that is a serious issue for which he must accept responsibility and defend himself, this is a practice that has been going on for years in our country.
A ministry or government agency receives allocation from the federation account for salaries on for capital projects and the next thing, a cabal would sit somewhere and decide which bank to place the lodgement so they could secure 'brokerage'. For months, sometimnes for years, the money would not go to what it was earmarked while the bank accounts of some fat cats swell up, leaving the people to bear the brunt.
That was how many pensioners died in penury and that was also how government money got trapped in some of the now liquidated banks.
Now to my conclusion. Obasanjo is not fighting Atiku because of corruption, even if the latter may not be innocent of the charges against him. At least, if we choose to believe Mrs. Remi Oyo's defence of Obasanjo on the N100 Million loot donated by Governor Joshua Dariye of Plateau State which Atiku co-returned to EFCC with the president, there must have been a lot of collaborations between the duo when it comes to handling dirty money. Let us hear Oyo: "So much has been said about the donation of N100m to the PDP by Dariye. The truth is that no such money was donated. The Plateau State Governor wrote a N100m cheque in the name of Marine Float, owned by the VP.... Following the insistence of the EFCC that the money be refunded, the vice-president begged the President to hellp him as he had no money. The President agreed to give N50m.This is not the only time that the President has had to come to the aid of the vice-president when he so requested."
The President must be such a good Samaritan to be helping his 'disloyal' deputy out of such untidy situation! I, however, consider it cheap for Atiku to link his travails to third term because, as one presidential aide put it, "he never even supported Baba for second term." Given what has transpired between the president and his VP in the last years and with Obasanjo's legendary reputation as the modern-day Demeris, the fictionalcharacter in Sidney Sheldon's 'The Other Side of
Midnight', who neither forgets an offence nor forgives an injury, this is payback time for what Atiku did at the PDP convention four years ago where he attempted to upstage his boss before pulling out of an ill-advised venture at the last minute. I said it before that once you pull a gun on a General you had better shoot or you are dead. The fact on the ground is that this fight predates third term and the president may have picked information from the EFCC report to further justify his bitterness against his deputy.
On the eve of the 2003 election, PDP was said to have desperately needed money to 'capture' the votes. The president was said to have reached out to Atiku, adept in such matters, to bail the party out but the latter would not play ball, saying he had no money to offer.
Yet Obasanjo could see clearly from the several annextures in EFCC report that Atiku may have collected donations from PDP supporters which he refused to deliver. In one of the handwritten statements by Musa Garba, Atiku's friend and the contractor building ABTI, the VP's private university, he wrote, and please ignore the grammar and take the message: "Alhaji Atiku brought some drafts on different occasion in favour of my name. He said its not for Abti, one of his friends donated to PDP NorthEast. Then I gave him cash for the drafts. He did not tell me the name of the donors since I am not a politician. After clearing the cheques, since is a Lagos or Abuja cheques, we don't have the branch in Yola. After one week, I cash it and give him the money to Alhaji Atiku, the Vice President."
What the statement translates into is that Atiku had money to give for the election but simply refused and Obasanjo must have noted that. But I am nonetheless worried by what is happening in Nigeria today and last week I had an interesting discussion with my friend, James Okoroma, seeking a PDP ticket in his state, Imo, for the House of Representatives. James likened what is going on to the tale captured in the poem, The
Sorcerer's Apprentice. I cannot but agree with him.
The Sorcerer's Apprentice is both a 1897 symphonic poem by Paul Dukas (L'apprenti sorcier in French), and of a 1797 ballad by Goethe (Der Zauberlehrling in German), which inspired the musical work. The Sorcerer's Apprentice is also the title of a novel by François Augiéras. The tale begins as an old sorcerer departs his workshop, leaving his apprentice with chores to perform. Tired of fetching water, the apprentice enchants a broomstick to do the work for him, using magic he is not yet fully trained in. As water begins to flow and flood the house, he realises that he cannot stop the broom because he does not know the magic word to make it stop.
Not knowing how to control the enchanted broomstick, the apprentice splits it in two with an axe, only for each of the pieces to take up a pail and continue fetching water, now at twice the earlier speed.
Eventually, after much damage is done, the old sorcerer returns, quickly breaks the spell and saves the day. The poem finishes with the old sorcerer's statement that powerful spirits should only be called by the master himself.
The moral of the story, according to most interpretations, is: Don't start what you cannot finish.
I hope, for the sake of my country, that nobody is playing the sorcerer's apprentice.
Re: .Obasanjo, Family and Businesses Benefitted from PTDF Account"
Profegee posted on 09-14-2006, 04:17:26 AM
At the end of the tunnel, there must be traces of light. This is what we are experiencing today.

Clearly, Atiku has agreed in part and in full that his hands are not clean, and if the claims are worth believing, he presents OBJ and every member of Nigeria's dinner table as partners in crime as well.

Obviously, according to Alex Akinyele, an Ondo born high chief, if EFCC would do its work effectively virtually all elected or appointed political officials (the national assembly who are considering impeachment possibility inclusive) in the past 15 years should be prepared to live the remaining days of their lives in jail.

I believe the big elephants would finish themselves, to allow the innocent purposeful Nigerians to be in charge of the governance.

Congratulations!!!

Profegee
Re: .Obasanjo, Family and Businesses Benefitted from PTDF Account"
OmoNigeria posted on 09-14-2006, 04:28:31 AM
These new details (if they are so credible and fool proof) should have been submitted to the EFCC and the Administrative Panel in the VP's defence. Why wait for the indictment before coming up with these.

Vice President Atiku Abubakar must resign immediately.
Re: .Obasanjo, Family and Businesses Benefitted from PTDF Account"
Odinaka posted on 09-14-2006, 04:29:10 AM
So what is the smart guy, IBB, waiting for? Why hasn't he joined the fight, so that, in the words of Big K (or is it Big Steve), the trio can cancel themselves out, and allow Nigerians some breathing space.

Please pray, fast, wish, that not only IBB join the fight, but also that Chris Uba (as a representative of godfatherism), Danjuma (standing in for stinkingly-rich former military boys), Olabode George (for political contractors), Nzeribe (on behalf and for political prostitutes), and all the viruses tormenting Nigeria, will join as well. Then the cancelling out theory will be very beneficial to Naija.

I am straining my eyes, hoping and praying to see that legendary light at the end of the dark tunnel.
Re: .Obasanjo, Family and Businesses Benefitted from PTDF Account"
Abraxas posted on 09-14-2006, 04:56:53 AM
Hi, folks!>>
> >
Story, story (Story!) Once upon a time (Time, time!):>>
> >
There was this Nigerian megalomaniac of a military despot called General Sani (Khalifa) ABACHA (GCFR), who thought that he could take Nigerians for a ride, (even better than his predecessors Ibrahim BABANGIDA, Mohammadu BUHARI, Olusegun OBASANJO, Murtala MOHAMMED, Yakubu GOWON, and Johnson AGUIYI-IRONSI), and did exactly whatever he liked, until he suddenly dropped dead.>>
> >
As you are all aware, General Sani (Khalifa) ABACHA (GCFR) was one Nigerian military dictator (born 20 Septlember 1943, in Kano, Nigeria; died 8 June 1998, in Aso Rock Villa, Abuja, Nigeria), who participated in the overthrow of three (3) successive military governments before gaining control of the country himself in 1993. Having entered the army when he was 18 years old, General ABACHA was educated at military schools in Nigeria, England, and the lace w:st=\\"on\\">United States of Americalace>, and rose through the ranks to be a brigadier by 1980. He, in joint venture with another coup plotting addict, General Ibrahim Gbadamosi BABANGIDA (GCFR), actively participated in the ouster of every single government in power in Nigeria, between 29 July 1966 and 17 November 1993, specifically the governments of Major General J.T. AGUIYI-IRONSI, General Yakubu GOWON (GCFR), President Shehu Aliyu Usman SHAGARI (GCFR), Major General Mohammadu BUHARI (GCFR), and ING Chairman Chief Earnest SHONEKAN.>>
> >
Nigerians watched General ABACHA in utter shock, dismay, and awe, as he went on a yeye rolling rollercoaster ride. And so, they decided to siddon-look, while he luxuriated in all manner of impunity and unrestrained ego-tripping, under the cover of being their God-sent solution for all of their intractably insoluble stiff problems that required a real messiah (like himself) to solve. >>
> >
Suddenly, youths started earnestly to ask for ABACHA! Yeah! Everybody gave up hope, except one holy man, and his selected disciples, who fasted and prayed for their motherland, lace w:st=\\"on\\">Nigerialace>, as stipulated by a certain Izon metaphysician and high priest of the Supreme Egbesu Assembly, resident in an under-water bunker, deep in the heart of the mangrove forests and swamps of the Niger Delta.>>
> >
At the appropriate time (i.e. @ 12:34 midnight (0034 hrs) Nigerian mean time, 8 June 1998), all manner of strange things began to happen: Certified HIV/AIDS-free Indian congo shiners were imported, along with container loads of Viagra into Aso Rock Villa; Yassir ARAFAT, the then Palestinian civilian dictator (always seen in pseudo-military attire) paid a whistle-stop courtesy call at Aso Rock, and had his fill of quicky-congo with some Nigerian \\"Big Girls\\" at the then NICON NOGA Hilton , and then disappeared, in the dead of the night, as fast as he arrived, after collecting his monthly special egunje from the proceeds of his oil block, generously donated by General ABACHA, on behalf of the people of the Niger Delta region, indeed, for all the over 120 million good people and government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria worldwide. General T.Y. DANJUMA (GCON) also visited him that night, and shortly afterwards, General ABACHA died. (The rest is history, civics, and current affairs!)>>
> >
Today, we are all living witnesses to a flurry of seemingly strange, and seemingly random executive farce being mindlessly, but meticulously played out, right before our very eyes, out of the presidency in Aso Rock Villa, to the rest of the world, unexpurgated. >>
> >
It is not by chance that all these are happening. They are happening, strange as they may seem, as a result of over five (5) solid years of sustained fasting and prayers by a select few (gravely concerned citizens and friends of Nigeria, worldwide) that this macabre, but refreshing theatre of the absurd, whose dramatis personae are Balogun Aremu and Turaki Atiku, is playing itself out.>>
> >
Papa wey say 'im pikin no go sleep, 'im too no go sleep. (Translation: Respect, even among thieves, is reciprocal. Those that Nigerians want to make mad, they first make their president!)>>
> >
> >
> >
BREAKING NEWS!>>
> >
Anyway, sha, please do not forget to remember that we have precisely 8 months, 15 days, 1 hour, 34 minutes, and 26 seconds more to go, before our Messiah, who art in Aso Rock Villa, Asokoro District, Abuja, Nigeria, makes his FINAL exit at 12:00 noon sharp, on Tuesday, 29 May 2007!>>
> >
Hip! Hip!! Hip!!! Hurray!!!!>>
> >
Glory be to GOD Almighty Most High!>>
> >
Muchas gracias, mis amigos.
>>
>>>>>>>>
Don Juan Carlos ABRAXAS (III)>>
(Director of Operations, Logistics, Tactics & Strategy, Special Task Force on the Effective Evacuation of OBJ from Aso Rock Villa to Owu)>>
Re: .Obasanjo, Family and Businesses Benefitted from PTDF Account"
ITOOKNOW posted on 09-14-2006, 05:28:43 AM
As old as OBJ is,he is still womanizing . The worst of it all is that he does it with peoples money. This man has somany wives , including his shine, shine babe who died in plastic surgery, plus numerous lovers.

Nigerians , sorry, your lives have fallen from hot pan to fire.

But come to think of it, how does an 80 years oldman habor numerous wives and concubines?
How does he satisfy them? Shouldn't OBJ go for HIV test?

Come o ! but he is a christian and a born again .

There is no such funny, pathetic and psychopathic nation like NAIJA on our planet.

This episode portrays the image and integrity of those who pivot the destiny of 150 million people and someone can rationally make the deduction that the nation is doomed.
Re: .Obasanjo, Family and Businesses Benefitted from PTDF Account"
Just thinkin posted on 09-14-2006, 06:05:06 AM
QUOTE:
fficeffice\\\" />>Hi, folks!>>
> >
Story, story [I](Story!)
Once upon a time (Time, time!):>>
> >
There was this Nigerian megalomaniac of a military despot called General Sani (Khalifa) ABACHA (GCFR), who thought that he could take Nigerians for a ride, (even better than his predecessors Ibrahim BABANGIDA, Mohammadu BUHARI, Olusegun OBASANJO, Murtala MOHAMMED, Yakubu GOWON, and Johnson AGUIYI-IRONSI), and did exactly whatever he liked, until he suddenly dropped dead.>>
> >
As you are all aware, General Sani (Kalifa) ABACHA (GCFR) was one Nigerian military dictator (born 20Septlember 1943, in Kano, Nigeria; died 8 June 1998, in Abuja, Nigeria), who participated in the overthrow of three (3) successive military governments before gaining control of the country himself in 1993. Having entered the army when he was 18 years old, General ABACHA was educated at military schools in ffice:smarttags\\\\\" />Nigeria, England, and the lace w:st=\\\\\"on\\\\\">United States of Americalace>, and rose through the ranks to be a brigadier by 1980. He, in joint venture with General Ibrahim Gbadamosi BABANGIDA (GCFR), specifically participated in the ouster of President Shehu Aliyu Usman SHAGARI (GCFR), Major General Mohammadu BUHARI (GCFR), and Chief Earnest SHONEKAN.>>
> >
Nigerians watched General ABACHA in utter dismay as he went on a yeye rolling rollercoaster ride. And so, they decided to siddon-look, while he luxuriated in all manner of impunity and unrestrained ego-tripping, under the cover of being their God-sent solution for all of their intractably insoluble stiff problems that required a real messiah (like himself) to solve. >>
> >
Suddenly, youths started earnestly to ask for ABACHA! Yeah! Everybody gave up hope, except one holy man, and his selected disciples, who fasted and prayed for their motherland, lace w:st=\\\\\"on\\\\\">Nigerialace>, as stipulated by a certain Izon metaphysician and high priest of the Supreme Egbesu Assembly.>>
> >
At the appropriate time (i.e. 8 June 1998), all manner of strange things began to happen: Certified HIV/AIDS-free Indian congo shiners were imported, along with container loads of Viagra into Aso Rock Villa; Yassir ARAFAT, the then Palestinian civilian dictator (always seen in pseudo-military attire) paid a whistle-stop courtesy call at Aso Rock, and had his fill of quicky-congo with some Nigerian \\\\\"Big Girls\\\\\" at the then NICON NOGA Hilton , and then disappeared, in the dead of the night, as fast as he arrived, after collecting his monthly special egunje from the proceeds of his oil block, generously donated by General ABACHA, on behalf of the people of the Niger Delta region, indeed, for all the over 120 million good people and government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria worldwide. General T.Y. DANJUMA (GCON) also visited him that night, and shortly afterwards, General ABACHA died. (The rest is history, civics, and current affairs!)>>
> >
Today, we are all living witnesses to a flurry of seemingly strange, and seemingly random executive farce being mindlessly, but meticulously played out, right before our very eyes, out of the presidency in Aso Rock Villa, to the rest of the world, unexpurgated. >>
> >
It is not by chance that all these are happening. They are happening, strange as they may seem, as a result of over five (5) solid years of sustained fasting and prayers by a select few (gravely concerned citizens and friends of Nigeria, worldwide) that this macabre, but refreshing theatre of the absurd, whose dramatis personae are Balogun Aremu and Turaki Atiku, is playing itself out.>>
> >
Papa wey say 'im pikin no go sleep, 'im too no go sleep. (Translation: Respect, even among thieves, is reciprocal. Those that Nigerians want to make mad, they first make their president!)>>
> >
> >
> >
BREAKING NEWS!>>
> >
Anyway, sha, please do not forget to remember that we have precisely 8 months, 15 days, 1 hour, 34 minutes, and 26 seconds more to go, before our Messiah, who art in Aso Rock Villa, Asokoro District, Abuja, Nigeria, makes his FINAL exit at 12:00 noon sharp, on Tuesday, 29 May 2007!>>
> >
Hip! Hip!! Hip!!! Hurray!!!!>>
> >
Glory be to GOD Almighty Most High!>>
> >
Muchas gracias, mis amigos.>>
> >
>>
Don Juan Carlos ABRAXAS (III)>>
(Director of Operations, Logistics, Tactics & Strategy, Special Task Force on the Effective Evacuation of OBJ from Aso Rock Villa to Owu)>>
>[/I]


Excuse Moi?(Director of Operations, Logistics, Tactics & Strategy, Special Task Force on the Effective Evacuation of OBJ from Aso Rock Villa to Owu)......
Have you completed the Multi-Billion Dollar Project given to you by the Nigerian Prisons Service to build a "State of the Art Prison" at Owu..? ow about the televised Speech read to nigerians From "kuje prisons abuja"?
Re: .Obasanjo, Family and Businesses Benefitted from PTDF Account"
Gwobezentashi posted on 09-14-2006, 06:16:20 AM
Na dis one K.O.Mbadiwe talk say, when the come comes to become, become comes to become.

QUESTION JAM ANSWER

When question drop for mouth,
Question go start to run,
When answer drop for mouth,
Answer run after am,
When answer jam question for road
Another thing go shele-o
Another thing go shele-o
Another thing go shele-o

When question drop for mouth,
Question go start to run,
When answer drop for mouth,
Answer run after am,
When answer jam question for road
Another thing go shele-o

Why you "mash" my leg for ground?
You no see my leg for road?
Why you "mash" my leg for ground?
You no see my leg for road?

Question dem drop for mouth,
Question go start to run,
Question dem drop for mouth,
Question go start to run,

Why you put your leg for road?
You no see say I dey come?
Why you put your leg for road?
You no see say I dey come?

Answer dem drop for mouth,
Answer dem start to run,
Answer dem drop for mouth,
Answer dem start to run,

When question drop for mouth,
Question go start to run,
When answer drop for mouth,
Answer run after am,
When answer jam question for road
Another thing go shele-o


Tell me na na na na
(CHORUS) ANOTHER THING GO SHELE-O - [AFTER EACH LINE]
Tell me na na na na
I now leave things to your imagination
When answer jam question for road
Tell me na na na na
Re: .Obasanjo, Family and Businesses Benefitted from PTDF Account"
Busanga posted on 09-14-2006, 06:53:34 AM
[B]Download Cheque Stubs of sleeze funds OBJ& Friends got HERE![/B]

http://www.saharareporter.com/eLibrary/

http://www.saharareporter.com/eLibrary/download.php?id=23
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