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PDP NWC Members Return N122.4m Alleged Bribe To Help Fight Wike

The crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has tak­en a different turn less than six months to the 2023 general election.

The party is presently enmeshed in bribery allegation to the tune of N122.4 million and some members of the National Working Commit­tee (NWC), who received it has re­turned the money into the account of the party.

Insiders said the bribe was to bring National Working Commit­tee (NWC) members on the side of the party’s embattled national chairman against Governor Nyesom Wike and his allies who are hell bent that the chairman must resign from office.

Reacting to the bribery allegation of N15 billion in the party, some mem­bers of the National Working Commit­tee (NWC), in their separate letters to the party’s national chairman and treasurer, on Thursday, said they never knew that such money was in their accounts, adding that they have, however, returned the money to the party’s account.

In a telephone chat with newsmen, the National Vice Chairman, South-South, Dan Orbih, confirmed the bribery allegation, adding that he has returned what was sent to his account.

Orbih, in his letter to the National Chairman, Senator Iyorchia Ayu, said that he has returned the N28.8 million sent to his account.

According to him, “To my shock and surprise it has been confirmed to me by my bank that the sum of N28, 800,000 has been credited to my account by the party. I hereby notify you of my decision to pay back the money to the party’s account.”
Also, in his letter to Ayu, the National Vice Chairman, South-West, Hon. Olasoji Ada­gunodo, told the chairman that he has refunded the N28.8 mil­lion sent to his account.

The Deputy National Chair­man, South, Ambassador Tao­feek Arapaja, in his letter to the National Chairman, said he has returned the N36 million sent to his account.

Reacting to the report of bribery where it was alleged that members of the Nation­al Working Committee were offered humongous amount of money to silent them over an allegation of financial misappropriation to the tune of N15,000,000,000.00, Arapaja said, “This led me to browse through my various alerts, and I discovered a transfer N36,000,000.00 from the party.

“I have my reservation about this money transferred into my account and for per­sonal reasons wish to return it accordingly.

“Kindly confirm the receipt of UBA electronic transfer of the N36,000,000.00 attached herewith.”

The National Woman Lead­er, Prof. Stella Effah-Attoe, in her letter to the party’s national treasurer said she has returned hers to the party’s account.

The woman leader in her letter said: “If you may recall, the sum of N28,800,000.00 only was paid into my UBA account number 2053101024 on the 14th of September, 2022. When I en­quired from your office, I was told that the said sum is for two years house rent for me, as a member of the National Working Committee.

“Since after the lodgment of the money into my bank account, I have been inun­dated with many phone calls from party members, friends, family members and the gen­eral public, insinuating that the said money has been given as a bribe to bring me and other NWC members on the side of the national chairman, fol­lowing the crisis between him on one side and the governor of Rivers State, HE Governor Nyesom Wike/Wike’s Group on the other side.

“This development has made me very uncomfortable. Having found myself in such an embarrassing situation, I am hereby refunding to the bank ac­count of our great party at the PDP national secretariat.”

Meanwhile, less than 36 hours after the PDP inaugurat­ed its Presidential Campaign Council, prominent members of the party were on Thursday appointed to lead the campaign in the zones.

While it was learnt that Olagunsoye Oyinlola was ap­pointed to lead the South-West, Adamu Mu’azu will lead North- East; Ibrahim Shema, North- West; Emeka Ihedioha, South- East; Josephine Anenih and Margret Icheen, South-South.

They are to coordinate the campaign in the zones for the presidential candidate of PDP, Atiku Abubakar.

Speaking at the inaugural meeting of PDP Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) in Abuja, the governor of Delta State and running mate of Atiku, Ifeanyi Okowa, charged party members to take advan­tage of obvious unprepared­ness of other political parties, including All Progressives Con­gress (APC), for the 2023 polls.

He noted the obvious unpre­paredness as being demonstrat­ed by APC and other parties’ continual inability to put their acts together, to overwhelm them in the elections.

Meanwhile, the PDP has refuted the N122.4 million bribery allegation.

Reacting, the party, in a statement by its spokes­man, Hon. Debo Ologunag­ba, described the report as misleading.

The party said: “The attention of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been drawn to misrepresenting reports in a section of the media al­luding strange and unfound­ed motives to the housing al­lowance duly approved and paid to NWC members and staff of the party.

“The NWC has noted that this misleading report stemmed from an unfound­ed publication by a partic­ular media outlet which suggested that the housing allowance, an entitlement duly approved and paid to national officials and staff of the party amounted to bribery.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the PDP states in an unequivocal term that no funds were paid into the account of any member of the NWC as bribe for any purpose whatsoever for that matter.

“If any individual, for any reason decides to re­turn money duly approved and paid, such does not in any way suggest that the money was paid as bribe or indicate that it was illegit­imate or unlawfully paid.”

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