Buhari Ilicit Campaign Funding Revealed


Barely one week to the Presidential Elections, the Buhari Campaign Organization’s international fund raising drive, which was consolidated during its candidate’s recent London trip, has reportedly yielded its first bumper harvest from a shadowy group of Arab sheikhs.
The donors, led by former Saudi Arabia oil minister-turned top Middle East politician Sheikh Ahmed Zaki Yamani, is spurred by renewed Arab interests in regaining leverage over OPEC and the strategic prospects of a Muslim resident of Nigeria,investigations have reveal.

Nigerians would remember that soon after the Chatam House event in London, Buhari went underground and was not seen in public for about two weeks. Sources said in between heeding his Doctors advise to take some rest; the APC Presidential candidate spent sometimes meeting with old Arab friends and potential donors to his campaign.
Sheik Yamani was Saudi Minister of Oil and Mineral Resources from 1962 to 1986 and OPEC minister for 25 years with a career highlight of spearheading the 1973 oil embargo that saw OPEC quadrupling the price of crude oil in the most daring Arab challenge of Euro-American dominance and
control of the international oil market. Initial figures mentioned range between $500 to $700 million, according to Western intelligence sources, the bulk of which has already been moved to Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire preparatory to siphoning it to agents of the Buhari Campaign Organization said to have been “personally nominated” by General Buhari in London for a last-minute dollar-attack to secure an edge in the March 28 elections.

According to several sources, there are indications of an imminent Arab-sourced lifeline for the Buhari Campaign Organization first emerged in the last days of General Buhari’s controversial London trip when he went off the radar but discreetly hobnobbed with a few mainly Arab visitors. These were later identified as emissaries of Sheikh Yamani working with his London-based oil and gas consultancy, The Centre for Global Energy Studies, that has been a cover for Yamani’s “diplomatic operations”.

Nigerian sources close to the Buhari Campaign Organization confirmed “recent high expectations of foreign funding” within the caucus but also admitted a “dilemma” over the implications of accepting financial assistance from a distinctly Islamic source against a background of “unresolved political challenges” arising from the widespread perception of General Buhari as a Muslim fundamentalist which has been a major thrust of campaigns against his candidature.
However, the sources added that the “hawks” in the Buhari campaign caucus pushed for accessing the Arab support in a bid to bolster the financial clout of the campaign organization to overcome the “lack lustre” backing of the APC platform it had to merge into to acquire “geographical spread”. This concern also explains why the contacts and negotiations for the Arab support were exclusively managed by the closest aides of General Buhari “literally behind the backs of the APC leadership”, the source confided.
General Buhari’s links with Sheikh Yamani stemmed from his days as a colonel and Petroleum Minister under the military government of General Obasanjo during which he represented Nigeria at OPEC where Yamani was calling the shots.
Sheikh Yamani’s connections to the Islamic fundamentalist activism surfaced when he spearheaded the 1973 OPEC oil embargo targeting Western control of the international oil market but was also highlighted in the events surrounding the 2002 discovery of a document that referred to the
Soon after the elections were postponed, APC allegedly ran out of funds. Its several advertisement disappeared from the media. The party also stopped all campaign activities.
Sources confirmed that soon as words came in that the Arab funding was ready, the APC’s media machineries were asked to preempt it in the media by alleging that the peoples Democratic Party, PDP, plans to accuse the opposition party of receiving Dollars from the Arab.
Culled from Pointblanknews.com 

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