Jonathon Zarembok, a British Petroleum (BP) ex-staff, alleges that $1.2 million bribes for oil contracts from Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) were used to support the 2015 and 2019 general elections.
It would be recalled that the 2019 presidential election was keenly contested between incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari and ex-vice president Atiku Abubakar, while the 2015 election was between the then incumbent President, Goodluck Jonathan, and Buhari.
Zarembok, who led the BP’s West Africa desk, told the court that cargo allocations by the NNPC could have contributed to preparations for general elections in 2019.
According to Bloomberg, Zarembok said in the suit he suspected that fees paid by the U.K. energy giant to obtain NNPC contracts would go toward the 2019 elections.
Last week, Anthony Stimler, a former employee of Glencore Plc West Africa desk, also exposed Diezani Alison-Madueke, ex-petroleum minister, in a bribery scheme in Nigeria.
Stimler made the confession in a cooperation deal at the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan.
According to Bloomberg, court documents on Stimler’s part showed that he authorised $300,000 per month on the request of “Foreign Official 1” in connection with an upcoming election.
The unnamed “Foreign Official 1” refers to Alison-Madueke, who served as petroleum minister between 2010 and 2015, according to Bloomberg.
The 2015 presidential election was between ex-president Goodluck Jonathan and Buhari.