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Money Amosun Transferred To PMB Estates During Tenure As Governor Has Nothing To Do With Buhari – Garba Shehu

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Following reports that former Governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun, paid the sum of N12.5m into the account of President Muhammadu Buhari, his spokesman, Garba Shehu, has said the alleged sum which was transferred out, has nothing to do with the president.

According to him, the money was transferred to an account belonging to President Muhammadu Buhari Estates, an housing scheme in Kobape, Abeokuta, owned by the Ogun State government and named after his principal to honour him.

Speaking on Friday in Abuja, Garba Shehu said a document on the transition is being circulated to tarnish Buhari’s image.

“Fake news industry at work. A certain document showing the transfer of N12,500,000 from the Coffers of the Ogun State to a “PMB Estate” is being circulated to tarnish the image of President Muhammadu Buhari,” he said.

“The President Muhammadu Buhari (PMB) Estate is a large housing scheme in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital. It was commissioned by President Buhari in the course of a State visit.”

“PMB Estate is owned by the Ogun State government, which honoured the President by naming it after him of cause that does not confer the ownership of the Estate to President Buhari.”

Shehu, who described the president as a “tried and tested anti-corruption fighter”, said any news stating that Buhari is the beneficiary of the transfer should be ignored.

“The gossipy online newspaper, peddling the falsehood that the President, Muhammadu Buhari, the tried and tested anti-corruption fighter is the beneficiary of this cash transfer should be ignored,” he said.

“Before his election as civilian President, Muhammadu Buhari was a military pensioner and had never registered a company in his name or that of a proxy.”

He added the the president has never registered a company in his name.

According to Shehu, the official who posted the clarification of payment voucher on Twitter confirmed that the payment was made from the Ogun state revenue account to the account.

“To set the record straight, we spoke with the official who posted the clarification of the payment voucher on Twitter. He worked with the Governor Amosun administration,” he wrote.

“He confirmed that the payment was made from the Ogun State Revenue Account to The PMB Estate Account for some work done on the Estate. Absolutely nothing to do with President Muhammadu Buhari.”