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PDP Staff Urges EFCC, ICPC To Probe Party’s Leadership For Fraud

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Wadata PlazaStaff members of the national secretariat of Peoples Democratic Party [PDP], want anti-graft agencies to probe activities of members of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC).
Led by Chairman and Secretary of PDP Staff Welfare, Ngozi Nzeh and Dan Ochu-Baiye respectively, they made the call at a news conference in Abuja on Friday.
Mr. Ochu-Baiye, who read the statement, signed by 74 staff members of the party, said the call was important before the NWC takes the party to the grave yard.
He beckoned on Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the Police, and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, to hearken to them.
They accused the NWC members of financial mismanagement, financial sharp practices and incompetence in running the affairs of the party.
Mr. Ochu-Baiye said it was curious to observe that the party could be so liquidated by executive recklessness of its NWC members so much that 12 billion naira was squandered in nine months.
“Party members will need to know why delegates were compelled to pay N10,000 each into a private account of a company called MORUFI NIG. LTD.
“We are aware that over one billion naira was realized from this fraudulent exercise. Why did the NWC compel party members to pay sums into a company account rather than the usual party account in the same Zenith Bank?
“As part of their agenda to ridicule and crumble the party, legitimate bills owed to media houses, contractors and even cleaners have not been paid till date”, he said.
He added that most party members who conducted congresses and primaries that generated these huge sums had also not been paid.
He also accused the NWC members of using party finances to fund frivolous personal obligations as weddings, naming ceremonies, funerals, among others, running into hundreds of millions of naira.
Mr. Ochu-Baiye stressed that several factors, including criminal imposition of unpopular candidates caused by the NWC, were responsible for the party’s poor performance in the last general elections.
He also mentioned the allegation by Ndudi Godwin Elumelu who paid N750million naira to the NWC to obtain the gubernatorial ticket of the party in Delta State.
“There are many other victims”.
He added that governor of Kogi was requested to pay one billion naira to the same NWC to retain his ticket.
He also mentioned the non-remittance of campaign funds to state chapters and wholesome embezzlement of proceeds of sales of nomination forms.
“How on earth will any political party undergo this level of tortuous mismanagement and expect to win elections?” he asked.
Mr. Ochu-Baiye said millions of PDP members were in great pains with the current reality of how the party was “now being run aground by a patently incompetent and self- centered sets of NWC members”.
He stated that the NWC had refused to summon a meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) since the party lost in the last elections “due to these ceaseless acts of recklessness”.
Mr. Ochu-Baiye said the staff members were angry, hence demanding the immediate resignation of the NWC members.
“We appeal to the Board of Trustees, the National Caucus and other members of the NEC to invoke relevant sections of the party’s Constitution to call for a meeting of NEC since the NWC is reluctant to do so.
“We wish to reiterate that the greater number of members of staff has spent over 16 years working and building the PDP.
“We remain loyal staff, party members and stakeholders committed to retrieve the founding vision of our great party”, he added.
The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Chief Olisa Metuh, described the allegations as false and baseless.
Mr. Metuh said the staff members were misguided in the pursuit of their interest when the PDP was fighting the cause of Nigerians with the ruling All Progressives Congress.
The Acting National Secretary of the PDP, Adewale Oladipo, described the allegations as false.
Mr. Oladipo debunked the claim that he had refused to hold regular meetings with the staff, saying all the records were available to puncture the claims of the workers.
(NAN)

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Injustice Made Me To Dump PDP For APC – Senator Abbo

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Elisha Abbo

Senator Elisha Abbo has stated that injustice in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) made him leave the party for the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He stated this on Thursday shortly after he was presented with the party flag by the Chairman of the Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee, Governor Mai Mala Buni at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja.

Senator Aboo said he has found justice, development, and purposeful leadership in the ruling party.

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“In the first place, the reason, why everybody should join politics, is to serve the people. The essence of government is to shield the poor masses and ensure justice,” he said.

“My main mission of joining the APC is because I have seen justice, I have seen development and I have seen the desire for the leadership at the highest peak to sacrifice their personal comfort just to make the poor people feel good. So I am in the APC to deliver, I am into the APC to help the people.”

The lawmaker promised to work to make sure the APC takes back Adamawa State from the PDP in 2023.

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NDDC Is A Cash Cow For Politicians – Nyesom Wike

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Governor Wike

Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has expressed that he has never seen a more corrupt institution than the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

He made this remark while speaking as a guest on Channels TV Sunrise Daily on Thursday morning.

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Governor Wike went on to describe the Commission as a cash cow for politicians, stating that this has been the practice for a very long time.

The Governor also stated during the interview that South-South Governors have challenged NDDC against carrying out projects without consulting the state government.

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BREAKING: Senator Abbo Dumps PDP; Joins APC

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Elisha Abbo

Senator Elisha Abbo has defected from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigeria’s ruling party.

Senator Abbo, who represents Adamawa North in the Nigerian Senate announced his defection from the PDP to the APC in a letter addressed to the Senate.

Senator Ahmad Lawan, the President of the Nigerian Senate, read the letter during Wednesday’s plenary session.

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In his letter, Senator Abbo explained that his decision to defect to the APC is because of the mismanagement of the PDP in Adamawa state by Governor Umaru Fintiri.

Senator Abbo who is a first-term lawmaker was elected in 2019 to the Senate on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Meanwhile, the name Senator Elisha Abbo became popular amongst Nigerians last year after he made headlines for slapping an attendant in a sex toy shop for ‘disrespecting’ him.

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