Alonso Ancira, owner of Altos Hornos de México (AHMSA), identified himself as a politically persecuted person from the government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador. He affirms that there is an unjust persecution against him and that he has been used as a “scapegoat” to be an “example” before the country’s businessmen.
The journalist and columnist Carlos Loret de Mola presented an interview with the president of Altos Hornos de México where they spoke about López Obrador, former president Peña Nieto and Agro Nitrogenados.
The businessman considered that the president of Mexico should offer him an apology.
He declared himself a PRI and admitted that he injected, via AHMSA, a couple of million dollars in kind into the presidential campaign of Enrique Peña Nieto; However, he denied that at some point he had bribed the former president and warned that, on the contrary, by removing the tariffs, what he gained from the sale of Agro Nitrogenados he lost in three months.
The businessman, who is currently free on bail in Spain, considered that there was a pact between the past administration and Andrés Manuel López Obrador so that he could win the Presidency.
When Loret de Mola questioned whether there was a pact between López Obrador, Peña Nieto and Luis Videgaray, the president of Altos Hornos de México considered that it was to make his arrival to the Presidency less complicated.
“There was a pact, what did the pact consist of? To get a very good man, but a very mediocre candidate: Meade, but he is a very good man, right,” said Ancira. He warned that the pact contemplates that if the President’s popularity drops, he will probably seek to put Peña in jail.
When Loret de Mola asked if he had a meeting with Peña NIeto and Videgaray to negotiate the purchase of Agro Nitrogenados by Pemex, Ancira denied it. “I got along well (with Peña Nieto), but he didn’t even give me mothers,” he said.
He emphasized that he never bribed Lozoya, although he admitted that he offered him good food and wine or toasting with champagne in Paris. “Lozoya dragged me,” he said.
In relation to Agro Nitrogenados, Ancira expressed that there was no overprice, denied that it was a scrap plant and that 275 million dollars was the real value of the complex to produce fertilizers throughout its infrastructure and due to its location in the port of Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz . “I still think it is a good business for the country,” said the president of AHMSA.
He assured that he did not personally know President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and that perhaps what he did wrong, he said, was not having been with “El Peje” in his moments of election; “That would have softened or many things,” he said.