A former Special Adviser on Domestic Affairs to GEJ, Waripamo Dudafa, yesterday urged the Federal High Court in Lagos to nullify the guilty plea by four companies linked to Jonathan’s wife, Patience.
The companies, on September 15, pleaded guilty to laundering $15,591,700 (about N5billion) when they were arraigned. The companies, along with a lawyer Amajuoyi Briggs and a banker, Adedamola Bolodeoku, were arraigned before Justice Babs Kuewumi.
Dudafa, Briggs and Bolodeoku, however, pleaded not guilty to a 17-count charge brought against them by EFCC. Yesterday, Dudafa and Briggs, through their lawyers, urged the court to set aside the guilty plea entered on the firms’ behalf by their representatives.
They urged the court to replace the guilty plea and with a “not-guilty” plea for the companies. They also contended that the court lacked jurisdiction to accept the companies’ guilty plea.
The defendants said those who pleaded guilty for the companies did not exhibit any letter authorising them to do so by the firms’ board. Dudafa’s lawyer, Gbenga Oyewole, said the four representatives had earlier made statements to both the EFCC and the court denying any connection with the companies and alleging that their names and signatures were forged.
Besides, he said Mrs Jonathan had sued EFCC claiming ownership of the funds in the companies’ accounts, adding that neither the FG nor any state had stated that the funds were stolen from them.