PDP Chieftain makes shocking statement, implicates other PDP Chieftains

By Amako Nneji May 19, 2016 16:19

PDP Chieftain makes shocking statement, implicates other PDP Chieftains

The detained and traumatized Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Samuel Johnson Okpoko, has on Thursday, May 19, made a shocking confession at the Headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, against the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.

Sources revealed that the presidency has ordered the EFCC to investigate the allegation against Wike and ensure that vital incriminating information is kept for his trial after his tenure in 2019.

The PDP chieftain confessed that he collected N700 million poll bribery cash from Fidelity Bank on the instruction of Wike.

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Sahara Reporters, reported that Okpoko will soon be charged to court, while the anti-graft agency might put the invitation of Governor Wike on hold, because of his constitutional immunity.
According to a source in the EFCC, Okpoko admitted that he collected the cash in two tranches at the Trans Amadi branch of Fidelity Bank Plc, in Port Harcourt.

The source said: “Operatives of the EFCC have grilled the Rivers State Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Samuel Johnson Okpoko, for collecting N700 million from the controversial $115 milloon lodged with Fidelity Bank Plc, by the immediate past Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke.

“Okpoko, who was the Rivers State’s PDP campaign coordinator in the 2015 Presidential Election, collected the sum of N700 million in two tranches of N600 million and N100 million respectively, at the Trans Amadi branch of Fidelity Bank Plc, Port- Harcourt. Investigations by the EFCC revealed that Okpoko cashed N600 million on March 27 and N100 million on March 31, 2015.

“Explaining how he became involved, Okpoko said he was instructed by the then PDP governorship candidate, Nyesom Wike, to go to the branch of Fidelity Bank to cash some money there”.

The source quoted Okpoko as saying: “I was with my governor in his house sometime 27th day of March 2015, when he got a call and Chief Barrister Nyesom Wike, after the phone call, told me that the call was from Fidelity Bank and they have some money for him”.

Responding to a question, the source said: “Since the governor enjoys immunity by virtue of Section 308 of the 1999 Constitution, we cannot invite Nyesom Wike now for interrogation on the allegation by Okpoko.

“This however, does not prevent the EFCC from probing issues connected with the payment of the N700 million and asking for a refund from the beneficiaries”.

However, the Special Assistant to Governor Wike on electronic media, Simeon Nwakaudu, in response to the allegation said: “We are not aware of what you talked about in your text message”.

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