The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, says its investigation shows that former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, allegedly gave politicians $115 million to compromise the 2015 elections.
The EFCC chairperson, AbdulRasheed Bawa, made this disclosure on Wednesday, at an induction retreat for new Resident Electoral Commissioners, INEC, in Lagos.
Bawa was represented by the Chief Superintendent of the anti-graft agency, Adukwu Michael.
Diezani was the Minister of Petroleum Resources from 2010 to 2015 during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan. Shortly before Jonathan handed over to President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015, she left the country.
The former minister is alleged to have stolen $2.5 billion from the Nigerian government while she was a minister. She has, however, denied the allegations, while the EFCC has since commenced a process to extradite her.
The Federal Government had gained forfeiture of Diezani’s properties located in Banana Island Foreshore Estate, Ikoyi, Lagos, including 18 flats and six penthouses.
The EFCC chairperson’s representative said some of the monies allegedly stolen by Diezani have been recovered by the Agency. He disclosed that the anti-graft agency is focusing on how to discourage vote buying.
“The Commission’s focus in election management is discouraging the use of money to influence the outcome of the election”, he was quoted as saying.