Leading contender for the office of president, Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Paul Usoro has reacted to reports that he was given N300m by Akwa Ibom State Government as support for the election.
In his Facebook post, Usoro said:
‘Lies! Lies!! Lies!! It’s ALL lies and it’s now clear that EFCC is working with the adoption team to influence the NBA Elections – not any different from what Russia did in the 2017 USA Elections.
“N300m was not paid to me by Akwa Ibom State Government and I challenge EFCC & it’s mouthpieces, Sahara Reporters plus of course the adoption vocalists to prove the contrary & indeed publish any such contrary fact.
I was the coordinating Counsel for Gov Udom Emmanuel’s Election Petition matter and in that capacity was given N300m to pay to the Counsel in the team after the SC victory which I dutifully did. EFCC is aware of this, has seen my Statement of Account in that regard and has seen that there’s nothing connecting that money to AKSG.
” EFCC is aware that I never admitted to them or any other that the N300m came from AKSG; in fact, that issue never arose & doesn’t even arise at all.
” If EFCC or it’s mouthpieces, Sahara Reporters and/or the adoption vocalists have any contrary evidence, let them publish it or bury their collective heads in shame. Since the Saraki CCT case, it’s been clear that I’ve become an EFCC target and my situation is made worse by the fact that the EFCC Chairman hasn’t been confirmed by the Senate.
“Now, they see me becoming the next NBA President, by God’s Grace and your collective votes and they’ve joined forces with the adoption team to attack me in the run-up to the Elections. Indeed, as I write, the EFCC has for more than a week now been trawling AKSG offices for evidence they could find against me egged on by the adoption vocalist.
“But God is on His Throne & He protects me and they will fail, by His Grace. I implore my supporters to remain steadfast, be resolute and let’s claim the victory which we are assured by Heavens in the NBA Elections.