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Court dismisses suit challenging PDP’s 2015 campaign funding

An FCT High Court in Apo has dismissed a suit seeking to challenge the campaign funding of the Peoples Democratic Party‎ (PDP) during the 2015 presidential election.

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The trial judge, Justice Olukayode Adeniyi, held that the suit filed by one Chief Akinmoju Jero against a businessman, Benedict ‎Peters and Northern Belt Oil and Gas Company of Nigeria Ltd., lacked merit.

The plaintiff had told the court that Peters paid a bribe of $115 million to electoral officers to influence the outcome of the 2015 presidential election.

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He also accused Peters of donating $60 million to the PDP campaign fund for the 2015 presidential election which, he said, was above the recommended amount of N1 million by the Electoral Act.

He said the defendant made the donation having received preferential treatment‎ in the award of contract from the former Minister of Petroleum, Mrs. Diezani Allison Madueke.

Justice Adeniyi, however, held that, “the donation made to any political party does not offend any provision of the Electoral Act. The plaintiff has failed to show that the defendants spent $115 million to influence the outcome of the election.

 


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