Exclusive: General Agwai Was Sacked for Refusing to Use SURE-P Funds to Support Jonathan’s Campaign: Read Report

Dr. Goodluck Jonathan

Details have emerged that Geneal Martin Luther Agwai’s sack has more to do with disagreements about the usage of SURE-P funds than about his attendance of Gen. Obasanjo’s birthday. SURE-P has always been a set up to help fund President Jonathan’s campaign and the campaign of other PDP party interests. The structure of SURE-P is such that critical positions are held by people who have a direct link with the Jonathan campaign.

For instance, state coordinators for President Jonathan’s campaign in 2011 are also the current state coordinators for SURE-P, this is not a mere coincidence but a well-orchestrated attempt to give the Jonathan campaign an unfair advantage at the 2015 Polls.

Some of the coordinators are Alhaji Bode Oyedele, (Lagos); Mr. Joseph Ishekpa (Nasarawa); Alhaji Garba A. Kurfi.(Katsina): Alhaji Aliyu Mamman (Niger); Alhaji Adamu Yaro Gombe (Gombe); Hon Femi Akinyemi (Ekiti); Jarigbe Agbom Jarigbe (Cross River); Chief Abdullahi Ohioma (Kogi); Dare Adeleke (Oyo); Alhaji Al-Kasim Madoka (Kano) and Alhaji Kolo Bukar (Borno).

The Lagos State coordinator Alhajo Bode Oyedele is a known ally of Mr Bode George, a PDP Chieftain. All of these people were placed at SURE-P to help direct resources to President Jonathan’s campaign.

General Martin Agwai (retd.) as SURE-P chairman got 41% of the funds from the reduction in subsidy. This amounted to N15bn Monthly, FG appointed state coordinators got the rest. The General was sacked because of his refusal to commit SURE-P funds to the president’s re-election ambition. You will recall that in the current budget, the money meant for the Ministry of Works has been redirected to SURE-P. Reports had emerged that the former SURE-P Chairman as sacked because he attended former President Obasanjo’s birthday but appears to only be a sideshow in the whole controversy surrounding his sack.

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