Hadiza Bala Usman NPA boss denies paying APC chieftains $25K each to make El-Rufai Osinbajo’s VP

The transactions allegedly occurred while Buhari was in London on an extended medical vacation.

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Managing Director of NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman.

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Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman has denied allegations that she bribed All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftains to further Kaduna Governor, Nasir El-Rufai’s political ambitions.

Rampant social media rumours had it that Usman gave $25,000 each to the unnamed chieftains so that El-Rufai could be picked as vice-president to Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo if President Muhammadu Buhari dies.

The transactions allegedly occurred while Buhari was in London on an extended medical vacation.

Usman has however denied the accusations and demanded her accusers to provide evidence of their claims.

“My attention has been drawn to malicious lies being bandied around by a Prince Henry Nwazuruahu on my person. I wish to CHALLENGE him to bring up evidence on any such meeting with any APC Chieftain and any monies being given,” she said via a statement.

“I wish to challenge him to provide the authorship to this report whom I shall file a suit against in the court of law for defamation of character.

“In the last few days, I have faced a barrage of false malicious lies against my person in the media and I know the sponsors of this. I will not budge on my position on compliance to Federal Government of Nigeria policies and I will not bow on my stance to rid the NPA of corrupt practices.

“I will not be cowed or intimidated into conforming to corrupt practices of cheating the Federal government of its revenues. I have been issued with death threats and veiled messages conveying that my life is at risk because of the stance I have taken.

“No false media attacks or threats to my life will stand in the way of my doing the right thing. Finally, we have not received any such notification by the presidency of an investigation into our financial books; and indeed we are open to any of such investigation as we have nothing to hide,” she added.

Kaduna State Senator, Shehu Sani had earlier said that some people were wishing for Buhari to die do they could serve as Vice President.

“Those peddling rumours of Buhari’s death are enemies who by hook or crook want to be Vice President to Osinbajo but unfortunately they woefully failed because Buhari is coming back safely and healthy,” Sani said  on Sunday, February 26 in Kano.

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Buhari returned to Nigeria on Friday, March 10, after spending 49 days in London.

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