Alhaji Tanko Yakassai has stated that he collected N53 million from the former Board of Trustee Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Antony Anenih, but said he won’t refund a penny as he had used it for the purpose it was intended.
Chief Anenih had informed an Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) interrogation team that the sum of N250 million he collected from the office of the National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki was shared to some senior Nigerian citizens, including Alhaji Yakasai, who got N63 million.
Alhaji Tanko Yakassai stated that the amount Chief Anenih gave him was for advocacy visit to top northern traditional leaders for the purpose of mobilizing citizens towards a hitch free and peaceful 2015 election. He also stated that the amount was N53 million and not N63 million as the former PDP chieftain said in his confessional statement to the EFCC.
Alhaji Tanko Yakassai said he would not make any refunds because he has not committed any crime, as far as he was concerned. He insisted that the money he got did not go into his personal pocket.
“I think the question of whether I will refund the money does not arise here; it is like jumping the gun. At the first instance, no body gave me money on my personal capacity”.
“I have committed no crime…and like I said earlier, I am ready, at any given time, to respond to invitation by the EFCC, because I am ready to clear my name”
He added that he was handed the money with a specific assignment, which was to mobilize northern Nigerian chiefs and monarchs on the need for supporting peaceful conduct of the 2015 general elections. He said his team, which consisted nine notable Nigerian elders had carried out advocacy visits to many monarchs in the north, and had completed their “national assignment” as directed by the then President, Goodluck Jonathan.
Omolara Adegoke- Abuja
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