Some Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have demanded a probe of the report that bribes paid to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) were used to fund the 2015 and 2019 general elections.
Bloomberg had reported how lawsuits in London and New York shed light on fees trading firms paying agents to win NNPC oil contracts, saying the funds may have been used to fund the country’s past two general elections.
President Muhammadu Buhari and ex-President Goodluck Jonathan were key contestants of the elections.
Quoting filings in a suit filed by an ex-employee of the British oil giant, BP Plc, Bloomberg reported that $300,000 and $900,000 were paid to intermediaries in 2014 and 2018 as part of the lobby for lucrative contracts, with the funds said to be funnelled into electioneering activities.
Speaking on the allegations, the executive director of the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), Auwal Musa Rafsanjani, lamented the failure of the government to block leakages and take measures to control the use of dirty money in politics.