Last updated on October 8th, 2018 at 09:33 pm
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar must have spent at least $15, 000, 000 Million Dollars (N5,452,500,000 Billion) at the just concluded PDP Presidential primaries held at the Adokiye Amasiemaka Stadium, Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
How many delegates voted during the primaries?
Reports say at least 3,000 delegates attended the primaries where the aspirants in the party tackled themselves luring delegates with Dollars.
It was later revealed by Governor Okowa that a total number of 3221 delegates were in attendance. Even at that we’re going to peg those who collected $5,000 at 3000.
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How they shared Dollars
No name was mentioned as being the highest bidder by newspaper reports, but report says aspirants offered between $5,000, $4,000, $3,000, $1,000.
But one of the delegates confirmed to InfomediaNG that Mr. Atiku Abubakar offered each delegates $5,000
October 7 Dollar to Naira exchange rate (official):
In today’s exchange rate, one Dollar is N363.5k, meaning N1,817,500.00 was offered each of the delegates.
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If at least 3,000 candidates voted in the PDP primaries, it means Atiku spent $15, 000, 000
What’s $15, 000, 000 to Nigerian Naira?
That likely total amount is equivalent to N5,452,500,000 Billion.
What’s the net worth of Atiku Abukakar?
One may ask, “What’s the net worth of Atiku Abubakar if he could spend so much to secure the presidential ticket of his political party?
Well, we can’t specifically say his net worth since politicians are rarely rated by world economic rating organisations considering the fact that politicians’ source of money, particularly in African countries are questionable.
Some people speculated that Mr. Atiku Abubakar is worth over $1 Billion.
Again, going by the US Senate corruption report, Atiku Abubakar, was said to have reportedly wired over $40 Million through wire transfers sent by offshore corporations to U.S. bank accounts.
That was between 2000 and 2008
“Specifically, the report said Jennifer Douglas, an American citizen, helped her husband bring over $40 million in suspect funds into the United States through wire transfers sent by offshore corporations to U.S. bank accounts.” PM News
In 2004, the then President Bush was said to have barred Atiku and other corrupt Politically Exposed Persons (PEP) from being issued visa to the United States.
We are not really concerned about that, but if one man in a single transaction could wire $40 Million (over N14 Billion), then spending JUST $15 Million wouldn’t be a problem.
What did delegates say?
According to The Punch, some delegates described the exercise as being worthy because they received thousands of dollars as bribes from some presidential aspirants.
“As early as Saturday morning, some of the delegates said they already had up to $9,000 each while they said that they were still expecting more,” The Punch report says.
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Atiku wasn’t the only one who offered US Dollars, others according to reports are:
- Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal;
- Governor of Gombe State, Ibrahim Dankwambo;
- A former Governor of Kano State, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso;
- A former Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa
- Senate President Senator Bukola Saraki;
- A former President of the Senate, Senator David Mark
- A former Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relations, Alhaji Tanimu Turaki (SAN)
- A former Governor of Plateau State, Senator Jona Jang
- A former Governor of Kaduna State, Senator Ahmed Makarfi;
- A former Governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Sule Lamido
- Dr. Datti Baba-Ahmed.
“A particular aspirant, who had taken part in a presidential primary before, was said to have first offered the delegates $2,500 each in exchange for votes.
“But when he heard that another aspirant offered the delegates $3000, he increased his own to $4000.”
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