A delegate to the ongoing National Conference, Moshood Salvador, has disclosed that he hired the services of professors as researchers to facilitate his work at the conference.
He was speaking in response to the widely held belief that delegates to the conference were being paid jumbo allowances.
The former member of the House of Representatives also accused Ogun State delegate and Serving Overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly, Lagos, Pastor Tunde Bakare; a former President of the Nigeria Bar Association, Olisa Agbakoba, and human rights lawyer, Femi Falana – of playing to the gallery over their decision not to collect the confab allowance.
The delegate explained that since the conference began, he had incurred expenses over and above the bi-weekly allowance of N1.46m for employing media aides and researchers including professors to enable him to perform optimally at the confab.
He spoke on Wednesday in Lagos, during the public presentation of his memoir titled, “Hon. Moshood Salvador’s Memoir: Beyond the Dream”.
The former lawmaker, who served between 1999 and 2003, said he decided to employ the services of the unnamed university dons with a view to “getting the best formula for Nigeria”.
He said, “It is only when we don’t love this nation that we will be talking about money. On the issue of jumbo pay, I don’t know anything about it.
“Those saying they are going to donate that allowance to charity are only playing to the gallery. I have spent more than N3m on this cause (National Conference). I’m not waiting for government money.
“I have rented an apartment of about N800, 000 a month. I have employed the services of a media team, researchers and they are there in my private office in Wuse, Abuja, conducting research and surfing the web to get information.
“In fact, I don’t want to mention professors that we are working together with to make sure we get the best formula for this nation. This money is from my pocket, not from anywhere. At my level, that’s not jumbo pay. I don’t even think about it (the pay)”.