Senator representing Anambra South Senatorial District, Dr. Andy Uba, has denied any involvement in the $15million former governor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori bribe saga.
A business man had claimed he handed the money to Uba as part of his contribution to the funding of the 2007 Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, election.
Senator Uba in a statement, weekend, said: “My attention has been drawn to a recent report linking me with the transfer of alleged bribe money between James Ibori and former Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, chairman, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu.
“When I was in the presidency, my house in the Villa was a convenient place for many top people in Nigeria to visit. Probably Chief Ibori didn’t want to go to the EFCC office to hand over the money and so decided to use my house. All I know about this matter is that Chief Ibori brought some money to the then EFCC chairman, Mallam Ribadu.
“The details of the transaction were not disclosed to me at the time. The money was handed to Mallam Ribadu, who invited his then Director of Operations, Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde, to fetch it. I was never a party to the transaction between Ibori and Ribadu.
“That my house was used as the venue for the transaction is not in question as an affidavit to that effect had been sworn to by the current EFCC chairman, Mr. Lamorde, which is probably the point of confusion.
I hereby state unequivocally that I am not involved in this matter beyond what I have stated above. So nobody should involve me in this matter and I don’t want to be dragged into it.”