The Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, has accused the Attorney General of the Federation, AGF, and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, of fraud, describing his recent claims and actions over the $418m Paris Club refund as self serving.
Chairman of the NGF and governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, told reporters after a meeting on Wednesday that the Forum would take every constitutional and legal means to ensure that the purported consultancies are fully litigated by the Supreme Court.
The Minister of Justice had days ago stated that the Governors had no basis to reject the proposed deductions of $418 million from the Paris Club refund because they had been indemnified and conceded that such payments be made to the consultants.
However, Fayemi noted that there is no liability by the states and only the courts can determine if the NGF states were indeed liable, adding that Malami, was acting in his personal interest.
In a communique at the end of the meeting, the NGF also stated, “The Forum extensively reviewed the purported attempt by the AGF and the Minister of Finance to circumvent the law and a recent judgement of the Supreme Court to secure the approval of the Federal Executive Counci,l to effect payment of the sum of $418 million to contractors who allegedly executed consultancy in respect to the Paris Club refunds to the state and local governments.
“A committee was set up comprising the Chairman, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, and Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State to interface with the committee set up by Mr. President to review the matter.”