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PMB, Malami not GEJ responsible for $9billion judgement debt – P&ID
The management of Process and Industrial Developments Limited (P&ID), the very Irish company, pushing for recovery of its $9billion British court’s judgement debt has reacted to the latest position of the Federal Government, saying former President Goodluck Jonathan has no hand in the crisis.
P&ID in an correctional statement, weekend, completely absolved the former President of culpability and blamed both President Muhammadu Buhari and the Attorney General of the Federal and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami for being responsible for the development.
P&ID, in attempt to set the record straight, opened up on how the government practically slept on the issue and accused Malami particularly of trying to revise history and introduce allegations of contract fraud.
Whereas Malami had claimed that “The government as a unit was delicately involved. And that was the government in 2010, the award was in 2012, and then three years thereafter the current administration under the leadership of Muhammadu Buhari came into place. So the time when this administration came to place in 2015, the award was over three years, there was no appeal, no application for execution, no application to set the award aside.”
However, P&ID presented the following history ahead of the bubble burst.
May 3, 2015: P&ID offers to settle the dispute with the Nigerian Government for $850mm. President Goodluck Jonathan indicates they are handing over the negotiations to the incoming Buhari Administration.
May 29, 2015: Muhammadu Buhari is sworn in as the 15th President of Nigeria, but fails to appoint a cabinet for five months.
July 17, 2015: The Arbitration Tribunal found in favor of P&ID (i.e. – the Liability Award). The new Buhari Administration did not make any attempts at settling or negotiating with P&ID, and did not make any effort to challenge the decision.
November 11, 2015: Attorney General Malami was sworn in November 11, 2015, just under three months after the Liability Award.
May 27, 2016: The Arbitration Tribunal wrote to the Nigeria Government confirming that: “As the parties will be aware from Procedural Order No 12, the Tribunal has decided that the seat of the arbitration is England. It follows that the Federal Court of Nigeria had no jurisdiction to set aside its Award.” Neither Attorney General Abubakar Malami, nor any representative of the Buhari Administration did anything in response other than continue with the proceedings, thereby tacitly accepting the analysis of the Arbitration Tribunal.
June 24, 2016: Having failed to set aside the Liability Award by falsely claiming the seat of arbitration was in Nigeria; not England, Attorney General Malami wrote personally to the arbitrators to say “my office has taken over the handling of the above arbitration on behalf of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources.” He asked for and obtained an extension of time to file a defence to quantum, and appointed his own legal team in place of the Ministry of Petroleum Resource’s legal team.
August 30-31, 2016: The Quantum Hearing (i.e. – amount of damages payable) takes place in London. Attorney General Malami’s legal team conducted Nigeria’s defence at the quantum hearing. Expert witnesses as to quantum were called to give evidence and were cross-examined.