The Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) has rejected claims that it has received $100 million from advisers to fund elections in Ekiti, Bauchi and Osun states.

“The NGF hereby unequivocally declares that it has not at any time been involved in or received $100 million or other funds from NED Nwoko to fund elections in any state.

The latest has yet to be heard about the controversies following the alleged payment of $418 million Paris Club Fund to some consultants as the 36 state governors under the auspices of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) rejected the report on the allegations upon receipt of 100 million dollars for elections.

The governors’ position was conveyed through a three-page statement titled: ‘NGF’s Response to Ned Munir Nwoko’s Press Release of 20e August 2022′, edited by Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, NGF’s Director of Media and Public Affairs, made available to Stand online.

While frowning at the role allegedly played by the Minister of Justice and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar pleaded with Malami to secure the payment of the $418 million to the advisers, the spokesman for the NGF, that the antics adopted by the advisers were because it is clear, as the advisers are unable to return the monies paid to them to the States if they lose on appeal.

“Not surprisingly, the desperate, false and futile advocacy by the AGF was staged and coordinated on behalf of the so-called Paris Club Consultants to prevent the looting of the mammoth $418.9 million from the public treasury of states and local governments. justify. on Saturday, August 20, 2022, when Ned Nwoko attempted in a press statement to blur and obscure the real facts and legal issues in controversy by spreading blatant lies and half-truths.

“The facts are and always will be: whether the advisers’ claims are lawful and justified under our Constitution and whether a ruling that is the subject of a pending appeal can be enforced or enforced as the advisers are now trying to do? If both questions are answered in the negative, it makes no difference whether the contracts that led to the claims were entered into by a government official, past or present.

“No person or person can agree to blatantly circumvent and get away with our Constitution. Nor is the period in which judgments were obtained relevant in this case.

“Undoubtedly, the most striking facts about the fraud related to the refunds of the Paris Club can never be changed by a thousand press releases from the AGF or one of its advisers. As the judgments of the appeals courts, especially those of the Supreme Court, begin to expose the eerie and illegal nature of the advisers’ claims; unsurprisingly, they are now feeling dizzy, severely uncomfortable, and are now driven by desperation to ensure that the looting and looting of the state is completed quickly before the pending appeals and other courts rule to the States impose a situation of frustration and helplessness.

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“This is obvious, as the advisers are unable to return the funds to the States if they lose on appeal; as it turns out.

“It is therefore unnecessary to collaborate with NED NWOKO or one of the advisors. However, it is imperative to expose the lies of patents being handed out to get rid of the minds of the unobtrusive public.

“While Mr. Ned Nwoko vigorously attempted to single out and justify his own false $68 million claim; the aggregate amount that all the collaborating advisers jointly request and claim from the States and Local Governments, albeit unlawfully, is USD $418,953,690.59 broken down as follows: Ned Munir Nwoko ($68,658,192.83); dr. Ted Isighohi Edwards ($159,000,000); Panic Alert Security Systems Ltd ($47,831,920); Rick Nig. Ltd (USD 142,028,941.95); Prince Orji Orizu (USD 1,219,440.45); attorney Olaitan Bello (USD 215,195.36); Total – USD $418,953,690.59

“It is instructive to note that all the consultants’ claims are rooted in suit No: FHC/ABJ/CS/130/13 between Linas International Ltd & 35 ORS US Federal Government of Nigeria & 3ORS which Ned Nwoko has instituted, and was awarded a false 20% of the sum of $3,188,078,505.96 from state and local government Paris Club refunds. The judgment was appealed by the States and NGF in case no.: CA/ABJ/PRE/ROEA/CV/327M1/2022: Attorney General of Abia State & 35 ORS VS Linas International Ltd & 239 ORS.

“NED’s attempt to separate its own $68 million claim as if it were unrelated to the claims of other consultants has therefore been cleverly cut in half. All advisers claim to have provided the same or similar services by assisting states and local governments in recovering excess refunds withheld from the Paris Club by the federal government.

“So their business rises or falls together. A gif of the part is a gif of the whole. What is illegal remains illegal. Its origin is not material and the role or role played at any time by all parties individually or jointly is unlawful and cannot be remedied.

“As is common with all unholy alliances, it appears that the romance between the advisers and their determination to fight together under the tacit coordination of the AGF to extract the sum of USD 418,953,690.59 from the United States, may have cracked. This must have led NED to appeal only to the press and to label his unjustified $68 million claim as justified.

“This also comes shortly after a similar press conference by the AGF a few days ago, in which he strongly defended all advisers and reprimanded the States for resisting or delaying the prompt payment of the amount claimed. The AGF was thought to have defended them all well, but NED’s decision to go it alone and defend its own case without reference to others suggests that the union of advisers is gradually disintegrating.

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However, what NED has not told the public is if all local governments hired him directly as claimed and if he acted for the states through his attorneys and the NGF asked him to extend the services to all states as well alleged, what difference has Ted Iseghohi-Edwards, his associate and conspirator (indicted by the EFCC) proved for which he gets the whooping sum of $159,000,000 also from the Paris Club refund?

“In his desperation to justify his claim, NED spread falsehoods that his team was a member of the Federal Government Committee set up to reconcile figures under the Paris Club refunds to states and local governments. That is clearly incorrect.

“The report of that committee of May 2007 shows that only the FMF, OAGF, CBN, DMO and RMFC (secretariat) were members. Private individuals who were not privy could not be included on a committee designed to investigate purely public financial records. This committee has done all the work now claimed by NED and the other advisors.

“While it is possible that the illegitimate scheme devised by the advisers to feast on public funds has been carried out over the years with the cooperation of enemies of the state without anyone raising an eyebrow; the bubble has now burst and it is time to be held accountable.

“It’s ironic that NED and other advisers who flaunt court rulings as justification for payment now feel uneasy and nervous when the same verdicts are reviewed on appeal. An appeal is not an evasion of a verdict, as NED might have the public believe. It is a constitutional right.

“The consultants have no choice but to pursue the different professions. While NED has vowed to fully enforce the judgment in FHC/ABJ/CS/130/2013; may we remind him that the law does not allow the enforcement of an appealed judgment. Let him reserve all his insults to the NGF chairman and challenge them on appeal, as far as the law allows.

“Understandably, the Supreme Court (SC) in its judgment of June 3, 2022 sent a clear signal in Case No. 337/2018: Riok Nig Limited VS NGF 7 ORS that the advisors’ allegations are unequivocally unconstitutional as state funds and Local Governments cannot be added to the Federation account in the manner approved and pushed by the AGF.

“Let the advisers therefore have their day in court with the NGF and in victory; they can try to get paid. It is absurd to pursue payment in light of all the pending cases. While the advisers are oddly encouraged by those who would normally oppose the payment and protect the public’s trust; the law is not silent. It maintains the truth at all times, no matter how long it takes.

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“No professional advocacy or media campaign to deceive the public can change the law. We do not dwell on the ridiculous claim made by one of the advisers that it was his media campaign that turned a Federal Supreme Court ruling in favor of the NGF.

“Interestingly, the public, which is the biggest victim of the mismanagement of scarce public resources, has since been well-informed and on edge to avert and stop what is apparently an attempt by some voracious rent-seekers posing as advisers. to further exacerbate the economic misery of citizens in the prevailing difficult economic situation.

“The use of defamatory language against the person of the NGF chairman, who has refused to be compromised and who is determined to stand by the unconstitutional and illegal nature of the advisers’ allegations, is also not helpful to their cause. The NGF is an apolitical organization that works according to defined principles aimed at good governance.

“His role in the whole of this Paris Club refund debacle to consultants is to ensure that Nigerian citizens are not unduly deprived of funds intended for their development. NGF will therefore not waste its precious time defending unsubstantiated allegations against any person or person capable of self-defense.

“If NED is sure of his facts, he is free to approach the necessary authorities to bring to justice any person or persons and any conspirators (including himself) who were allegedly involved in the misappropriation of public funds for campaign finance.

“The NGF hereby unequivocally declares that it has not at any time been involved in or received $100 million or other funds from NED Nwoko to fund elections in any state.

“Perhaps confirming our and the public’s fears that the AGF has relinquished its role as a public defender and trustee and become the strongest advocate of the advisers is now apparent in NED NWOKO’s press statement, praising its role who played the fresh produce and describes it as inevitable.

“NED cannot say that the advisers do not have an official platform to investigate their case, while the AGF, despite public protests, has provided the strongest and most evil platform to campaign for the early payment of the amounts claimed. The AGF has handled and issued more than half a dozen press releases justifying why the consultants should be paid immediately. Even NED’s lawyers couldn’t have done a better job,” Bello-Barkindo noted.

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