Jonathan’s Declaration: Ifeanyi Uba, TAN Officials Held Hostage for Non-Payment of Rented Supporters
Officials of the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN) including the main financier, Ifeanyi Ubah of Capital Oil Limited, were on Tuesday night held hostage for close to four hours for failure to honour their financial commitment to the rented crowd that attended President Goodluck Jonathan’s official declaration.
The crisis started when the hired supporters demanded that they be paid in full for the three days that they stayed in Abuja.
At press time, the rented crowd were still protesting that the N40,000 agreed to be paid per head for four nights was not honoured.
One of the protesters hired told Thisday at the Ogude Street office of TAN that they were angry and would not vacate TAN’s office until they were paid the agreed sum.
“We came from various part of the country, some of us were promised N40,000, depending on which part of the country you came from. I came from Nnewi in Anambra State and it was agreed that we should be paid N40,000 but they are giving us N5,000 per head and we are rejecting it, as it was not part of our agreement,” she said.
She said Ubah had directed that the money be increased up to N10,000, which was still not acceptable to them.
The Director of Communications, TAN, Udenta Udenta denied that they were held hostage by aggrieved supporters, stating that the noise emanating from the Odude Street office was the carnival that followed the successful declaration by Jonathan.
I am not aware of any money promised to any supporter. I am in my house relaxing after a successful outing,” promising to get back to Thisday, but he never did.
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