Departing APC chieftain, Chief Tom Ikimi, has taken a swipe at former
Lagos governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, over the recently approved $1.5
billion oil deal between Oando Plc and ConocoPhillips in the upstream
The deal, aggrieved APC members told TheCable, was struck in June at a
secret meeting between Tinubu and minister of petroleum resources, Mrs.
Diezani Alison-Madueke, at the Abuja home of the PDP national chairman,
Alhaji Adamu Mua’azu ─ a day to the APC national convention, where
Ikimi failed in his bid to become APC national chairman.
He believes Tinubu worked against his bid and finally wrote to the party
on Tuesday to withdraw his membership, but not before carpeting the former
Lagos State governor who was said to have opposed Ikimi because he could
“sell” APC to PDP.
Ikimi, in his resignation letter, in turn insinuated that Tinubu was the
one doing the “selling” ─ although he did not mention him by name.
He asked in his letter: “Who by the way is the buyer? Is it the PDP
Government that opened its doors once more recently to one of the APC
foremost boastful and noisy leader to consummate a mega oil deal on the
eve of that controversial APC convention? Who then is really selling and
who is indeed buying?”
The mega deal had been stalled for a while allegedly by the federal
government for political reasons, but was approved shortly before the
convention in what is now being interpreted as a 2015 “tactical manoeuvre”
by President Goodluck Jonathan.
ConocoPhillips, an American company, had reached an agreement with Oando
two years ago for the Nigerian company to take over its interest in the
upstream oil and gas operations.
However, as Oando made to raise the needed finance for the deal, the
federal government was seen as raising obstacles to its successful
When Oando, which is listed on the stock exchanges of Nigeria, South
Africa and Canada, tried to raise a bond on the London Stock Exchange last
year for the transaction, it was scuppered by an allegation in court that
former governor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori ─ who is currently
serving a jail sentence for corruption in the UK ─ had an interest
This caused Oando a big set-back, temporary affecting its value in the
stock market. ConocoPhillips’ fields produced about 43,000 barrels of oil
a day last year and have proven reserves of 213 million barrels of oil
With the take-over of ConocoPhillips’ Nigerian upstream assets, Oando is
now one of the biggest players in the upstream sector in the country. But
Tinubu’s associates have consistently denied insinuations that he has a
stake in Oando Plc.
Meanwhile, Ikimi also took a swipe at Tinubu over the failed presidential
quest of Malam Nuhu Ribadu who only won one state in the south-west in
2011 despite being the candidate of the dominant party, Action Congress of
Nigeria (now party of APC), in the zone. Jonathan won five of the six
states under the control of ACN.
Ikimi wrote: “Who sold Mallam Nuhu Ribadu’s ACN Presidential candidature
in 2011? Was it Chief Tom Ikimi?”
Courtesy: The Cable