Olu Falae, the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), has confessed that the N100 million he collected from Tony Anenih, the former Chairman Board of Trustees (BOT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was paid to him through the account of his political party, the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the wake of the 2015 president election.
Mr. Falae, who spoke exclusively with a SaharaReporters correspondent on Saturday evening, in the Ondo State capital of Akure, explained that "he had nothing to hide" from the members of the public concerning the N100 million naira, because the money was meant to campaign for the PDP in agreed upon terms and conditions.
He restated to our correspondent that the money he collected from the former PDP leader was also a "justification" to support the erstwhile President Goodluck Jonathan, who was the PDP presidential candidate in the 2015 general election, since his Party, the Social Democratic Party (SDP) had no presidential candidate.
The former SGF and Afenifere leader, said during a telephone conversation with SaharaReporters that all the documentation used to receive the N100 million was collected by him and members of his Party, and vowed to make them public this week.
"Yes, I collected the money and everything is clear. The Party and I have nothing to hide. All the remittance was made through the account of the Party, and there is no argument about it.
"We have everything documented, and we shall publish it to the full glaring of the members of the public. I have repeatedly said that the money they [PDP] gave us was a justification to campaign for their candidate.
"Even as am speaking with you, our Party is meeting and we will issue an official statement on or before Monday over the whole process while explaining our own part and role", he said.
Falae, who noted that the Party would also issue an "advertorial where everyone would read the letter I wrote to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) giving them conditions for supporting their candidate and the reply they wrote back." He explained that he had spent his whole life serving Nigeria with no stain of money laundering on his personality.
"I have spent all my life as a public official serving with integrity. I was once the minister of finance and I didn't touch any money belonging to Nigeria, I was the Secretary to the Government of the federation and I controlled the security fund and I didn't stole then.”
The Afenifere leader and elder statesman also denied that some members of his SDP purportedly wrote in the media that he only remitted the sum of N5 million naira against the N100 million he collected on behalf of the party.
"The people are only trying to cause disaffection in our party. All was forgery. None of our members said anything of such. I can assure you that you would see our reaction before next week", he quickly said.
However, he denied knowledge that the money given to him was part of his own share of the looted $2.1 billion fund by the former National Security Adviser Sambo Dasuki meant to procure firearms for the military to fight the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents ravaging the Northeast and threatening the border towns of Nigeria.