Our Correspondent, Owolabi Kuburah
Dialogue Group Limited has written a petition to the Zonal Head of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over illegal donation of N500,000,000 (Five hundred million naira only) to the All Progressive Congress Party Secretariat by the Katsina State Government.
The petition which was personally signed by the Chairman of the Group, Muhammad Shehu Mahdi, on Friday alleged that the illegal donation was made for the purpose of the then National Convention Event.
The petition reads in part: “This petition is intended to draw your attention to an illegal donation of the above sum by the Katsina state government through the office of the Special Adviser (SA political).”
Mahdi attached to the petition a document that conveyed and facilitated the release of the said N500million(Five hundred million naira only) which has reference number S/GO/BD/CAP/FA/9/Vol.111/325, dated May, 2018.
Mahdi stated that the vote charged for the said illegal donation is 4601218/11.
Mahdi stated that “even as illegal as the donation is, rather than the federal ministry to pay the said illegal donation directly into the account of the national secretariat of the party (APC), the payment was effected through third parties.”
Mahdi described the illegal donation as heartless and illegal as it was made during the time Katsina state battles insecurity and harvest death by day, week and year.
He stated that “it is illegal because it breaches the state Appropriation Law of the year under the reference. Just like it amounts to a breach of the social contract between those who govern and the covered as endured and succinctly spelt out I’m chapter 11 of the Nigeria Constitution dealing with Fundamental Objectives and Directive Principles of state policy.”
Mahdi appealed to the Special Adviser on Political matters to the former Governor, Katsina state APC chairman, Speaker of Katsina House of Assembly, Access Bank manager and other personalities and institutions to help facilitate the investigation.