The National Chairman of the Unity Party of Nigeria and founder of Oodua People’s Congress, OPC, Dr. Fredrick Fasehun, says he and members of his party never received a dime to support former President Goodluck Jonathan during the last general elections.
Fasehun was one of Jonathan’s ardent supporters in the run up to the 2015 presidential election.
The All Progressives Congress had accused the UPN of being used by the Peoples Democratic Party to neutralize the strength of the APC in the Southwest.
However, the UPN chairman said that his support for Jonathan was based on principles, not financial gratification.
He challenged all those accusing him of collecting money from the former president to provide evidence or hold their peace.
Responding to a question if he collected money from Jonathan, he said, “It is a lie. It is a big lie. Have you forgotten that when I resuscitated the UPN, the APC spokesperson, Lai Mohammed, went to town saying I had collected N2.8bn from the Federal Government and it turned out to be a lie? Ask the APC to provide evidence that we collected money and they should stop lying”.
Fasehun, who turns 80 this month, also touched on the pipeline surveillance contract approved by the Jonathan-led federal government but which the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has now refused to pay his organization for work done, saying it smacks of wickedness.
He said, “We have worked on the pipeline for three months and the Federal Government has not paid us a kobo. They didn’t give us a kobo for mobilisation; we were on the pipelines for three months, they didn’t pay us any money and we have completed the pipeline contract and they are still dillydallying on the payment.
“The contract wasn’t awarded to the OPC but a company called New Age and most of the available personnel came from the OPC.
“How can 4,000 people work for the Federal Government and the government will decide not to pay? Where is the civilisation in that? Where is the honesty in that? Is that not wicked, cruel, ungodly and undemocratic?”
The OPC founder also expressed doubts over the possibility of Buhari recovering looted funds from other countries and urged the president to begin his anti-graft war from within his party and not the Jonathan administration.
“He who comes to equity must come with clean hands. He (Buhari) must first clean his own house and let others learn from the way he cleans his house. I think those who have been fingered by anti-corruption agencies should be probed”, Fasehun said.