I won’t return N100m to FG – Falae

I won’t return N100m to FG – Falae
January 11 20:05 2016

 Former Minister of Finance, Chief Olu Falae on Monday said he would not refund the N100 million he collected from People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, Tony Anenih. 

The money given to Falae is said to be part of the N260 million Anenih collected from former National Security Adviser, Col Sambo Dasuki (rtd).  

Falae argued that as far as he was concerned, the money he received was from Anenih and not Dasuki.

 Speaking at a press conference, in Abuja, through the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Dr. Abdul Ahmed Isaiq, Falae asked the government to hold Anenih and not him or his party. 

He explained that the money was as a result of electoral alliance his party entered with the then ruling Peoples Democratic Party, to deliver the then President Goodluck Jonathan in his re-election quest.

“In terms of refund of money, I want to say here that those people who are refunding money are those who got their money directly from the arms deal fund.

“Our fund did not come from the arms deal, our fund came from an electoral alliance with the PDP and we knew that the PDP had a fund raising committee that gathered billions of naira and PDP had been in government for 16 years.

”So, with that, we knew that the PDP had the capacity to fund the alliance that was formed with them by the SDP, he explained.

“You don’t postulate what you don’t have on the ground, you can’t build on a non foundation.

“We, as a political party knew that the PDP was a capable hand in the electoral alliance which we entered with them. And we equally knew that the PDP had a fund raising, where it generated over N20 billion down.

“So, whether the money came from Col. Sambo Dasuki or his office, is what we don’t know and it is left for them to ask Chief Tony Anenih to explain, “he argued .

Falae continued:” “We knew that the PDP had been ruling Nigeria for 16 years. So, this was the basis of our electoral alliance with them.

“We can’t refund any money to anybody because the money we got as a party came because of the alliance we had with the PDP and we have the agreement note from this alliance.

“If it is possible that the money Chief Anenih gave us was from the arms deal, it is left for them to ask Chief Anenih to clarify. As far as we knew, we did not have any dealing with Dasuki.

” Our office did not ever have anything to do with the office or person of the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki.”