Members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP)’s National Working Committee (NWC) have returned millions of naira allegedly paid into their respective bank accounts by the party’s national chairman, Dr Iyorchia Ayu.
Gatekeepers News reports that no fewer than 6 out of 19 members of the PDP NWC have returned the monies ranging from N36 million to N28.8 million. The money which is now regarded as bribe is believed to be deposited to the intended recipients depending on their position.
There have been several calls by the southern caucus of the PDP for Ayu, to step down as the party’s national chairman for a southerner. Also, there are allegations of financial misappropriation against the Ayu-led PDP NWC, with claims that funds from the sale of nomination forms have not been properly accounted for.
Amid the financial scandal rocking the party, members of the PDP NWC, in various letters seen by Gatekeepers News on Thursday, have started returning the monies paid into their accounts.
The National vice Chairman South-West, Dr Alli Odefa, returned N28.8 million and confirmed that the money was transferred from the party’s account.
The letter addressed to Ayu reads in part: “…upon cross-checking with my bank account officer, I discovered a twenty-eight million, eight hundred thousand naira only (28,800,000.00) from the party,” he wrote, noting that he has “reservations about this fund transferred into my account for obvious reasons I wish to return it accordingly.”
The National Woman Leader, Prof. Stella Effah-Attoe who also returned the N28.8 million in her possession, wrote, “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, H.E. Governor Nyesom Wike/Wike’s Group, on the other side.
“In addition, some national newspapers/social media platforms have also carried stories accusing the NWC members of being placated with bribe of N28,800,000.00.
“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.”
Similarly, Ambassador Taofeek Arapaja, Deputy National Chairman South, said upon the report that members of the PDP NWC were offered “humongous” amount of money to “silence” financial misappropriation in the party, he “browse through my various alerts, and I discovered a transfer of thirty-six million naira (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.”
See copies of the letters below:
Members who have so far returned the money allegedly transferred by the embattled national chairman include:
1. Ambassador Taofeek Arapaja: Deputy National Chairman South
2. Prof. Stella Effah-Attoe. National Woman Leader.
3.. Chief Dan Osi Orbih.
National Vice Chairman South-South.
4. Dr Alli Odefa.
National vice Chairman South-West.
5. Hon Olasoji Adagunobi-Oluwatukesi
National vice chairman South-West.
6. Hon Setonji Koshoedo
Deputy National Secretary.