Alleged Bribery scandal rocks Soludo’s camp, governor Obiano, Soludo fingered


…US government threatens indictments, revocation of visas, siezure of properties

There is palpable anxiety in the camp of the APGA Governorship candidate for the November 6 Gubernatorial election in Anambra State Prof. Chukwuma Soludo as his attempt and that of the Leader of his campaign and current Governor of Anambra State Chief Willie Obiano’s well-laid out but repeatedly brazen attempts to bribe election officials and security agencies in charge of the forthcoming election have been exposed by intelligence agents recruited by the European Union and the United States Government to monitor the election.

According to an undercover security source who was involved in the investigation, “the whole operation reminds one of the role of Michael Malone in bursting the Al Capone crime organization” Taking a cue from sting operations such as the ABSCAM sting operation of the late 1970s when the American FBI bursted political corruption rings, the Soludo Campaign had a mole who was a trusted go-between assigned with liaison duties among the conspirators.

It was gathered that Governor Willie Obiano, worried that APGA may lose the election as a result of large scale disenchantment with his administration and the massive decampment of the leadership and members of his party from Ward, State and National levels to APC, agreed with Soludo and Senator Victor Umeh to secure the services of a well-known Anambra Billionaire businessman who resides in Abuja to use his contacts to reach out to INEC officials and security agents charged with the conduct of the election to find ways to compromise the outcome to favour APGA. Governor Obiano is said to be having nightmares of the likely consequences of Soludo losing the election because of the reckless corruption and heavy debts he has burdened the state with.

The Governor was allegedly convinced by his Chief of Staff to approach the businessman because the last attempt coordinated by the Governor’s wife Mrs. Ebere Obiano, using an influential National Electoral Commissioner from the South East who acted as a courier to distribute a bribe of $4m to INEC officials and security agencies backfired and is being thoroughly investigated by the Police in Abuja.

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The said Abuja businessman went to work and actually coordinated some INEC officials and security agents. It was agreed that the sum of $10m (Ten Million US Dollars) would be distributed to the relevant officers to guarantee victory for APGA.

Allegedly, at the final meeting held in a house on Daunbe Street, Maitama Abuja, an account opened in the name of Feroz International Services with the Molos Limassol Branch of RCB Bank Ltd Cyprus was handed over to the businessman for payment of the $10m bribe money.

Governor Obiano and Prof Soludo went to work immediately and on October 19, 2021 the sum of $10m was received by RCB Bank Ltd Cyprus paid by SOLEX CAPITAL from Scotiabank Belize City, Belize. The undercover agent immediately alerted Interpol and a swift investigation began.

In the course of tracing the source of the funds, Interpol discovered that Solex Capital is a shell company incorporated in Belize with Thomas Turnquest and Arthur Rahming as Nominal Directors. Belize has become a notorious tax heaven for providing conduit for wealthy and privileged corrupt political elites who want to hide stolen cash from tax authorities. It was further discovered that the Beneficial Owner of SOLEX CAPITAL is SONAZ INTERNATIONAL with Chukwuma Soludo, Tochukwu Soludo and Nnaeto Soludo as Directors.

SONAZ INTERNATIONAL was said to have bey registered in Bahamas as an off-shore company by Jamie Sanchez of the secrecy enabler law firm of QUIJANOX ASSOCIATES, Panama. SONAZ also has a registered international address being 50 Brondesbury Park, London NW6 7AT which Prof Charles Chukwuma Soludo, being the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria bought on October 20, 2006 for the sum of 2,150,000 Pounds Sterling paid in a single tranche with Title No:MX362301 through Universal Energy Ltd, an off-shore company registered in Isle of Man, another Secrecy Haven.

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When it became evident that the $10m paid to RCB Bank Ltd was from proceeds of crime to influence the outcome of the Anambra Governorship election by Governor Obiano and Prof Soludo, Interpol forwarded a request to the bank to flag the account.

Further investigations revealed that SOLEX CAPITAL was used to pay the sum of S11m for the 12 story HOLLOMAN office block located at 333 N. Sam Houston, Pky E. Houston Texas 77060 acquired by Governor Obiano which he has recently put up for sale at the price of $8.1m. SOLEX CAPITAL was also used to acquire an interest in 12100 Wilshire Boulevard Los Angeles CA 9005 through the Santa Monica based REIT Douglas Emmet Inc. in 2016 for the benefit of Governor Willie Obiano. A part of the $1,818,718 paid for the purchase of 1804 Terrabrooke Private Court, Brentwood, Terrabrooke, Tennessee USA by Governor Willie Obiano’s Chief of Staff Mr. Primus Odili in April 2020 was additionally traced to the Scotiabank Belize account of SOLEX CAPITAL controlled by the Soludos.

As a result of the criminal enterprise being run by the duo of Governor Obiano and Prof. Soludo, the US Government through its Justice Department would soon announce indictments, initiate proceedings to confiscate all properties and funds linked to Governor Obiano and his associates. The US Government and the European Union have  collectively threatened to withdraw the visas of all persons (including members of their families) involved in the bribery scheme and those who would cause violence during the election. Security agents would have arrested Prof Soludo, Mrs. Ebere Obiano, Senator Victor Umeh, Mr. Primus Odili and their cohorts because they have sufficient evidence to commence prosecution but are being careful not to be accused of political witch hunt.

It would be recalled that the Senate Committee on Finance under the chairmanship of the former Governor of Kaduna State, Senator Markafi concluded in its probe panel report that the years of Soludo as the CBN Governor laid the foundation of the current Nigeria financial and economic woes. Soludo’s flaws and financial crimes are far too many. A criminal investigation into his purchase of the African Finance Corporation where he installed himself as Chairman when he was the CBN Governor, found him guilty of gross negligence, poor executive judgment   mismanagement and diversion of Nigeria’s seed capital of $462m. Prof Soludo and Mr. Ometoruwa were also accused of round tripping the sums of $750m and $143m in November 2007 and March 2008 respectively through CITIBANK LONDON and UBA NEW YORK for their personal benefits without relevant Board approvals either by the Central Bank of Nigeria or the African Finance Corporation. The Federal Government was advised to take appropriate action against them commensurate with the gravity of their criminal breach of public trust but they escaped the hammer with the death of President Yar’Adua.

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Governor Willie Obiano who received N75bn cash on hand-over from former Governor Peter Obi has betrayed the people of Anambra State. He has saddled the state with a debt profile of nearly N150bn. He is in total panic and would stop at nothing including bribery, thuggery and manipulation to install Prof Soludo whom he has used to fritter away the resources of the state for their individual benefits.

The undercover source which bursted their latest bribery attempt maintains that they are still trying to use other contacts to reach INEC and security officials to manipulate the polls with the cash sum of N5bn on the eve of the election because failure would mean long jail terms for the Governor, his close associates and family members.

All attempts to get reactions regarding the bribery scandal from Governor Obiano, his Chief Press Secretary James Eze, Prof Soludo, Senator Victor Umeh and the Director General of the Soludo Governorship Campaign Organization Prof. Chukwulobelu were rebuffed.

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