The crisis rocking the biggest political opposition party in Nigeria, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has taken a new dimension as some members of the national working committee from the southern part of the country are returning their share of the alleged ₦15 billion loot to the coffers of the party.
The NEC members made this known to newsmen in their separate letters addressed to the National Chairman of the party, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu.
In his letter, the Deputy National Chairman South, Ambassador Taofeek Arapaja said he returned the ₦36 Million credited to his account because he had reservations about the money transferred into his account.
In his letter, the Deputy National Vice Chairman, South/South also returned his share of ₦28,800,000, and the national vice chairman southwest Mr. Olusoji Adagunodo, via a letter, also returned his share to the PDP account.
According to her letter, the National Treasurer, the National Woman Leader, Prof Stella Effah-Attoe, returned her ₦28,800,000 which was paid into her account purportedly for 2 years of house rent as a member of the National Working Committee.
However, in a press statement, the PDP through the National Publicity Secretary Mr. Debo Ologunagba refuted the bribery allegations, saying the monies paid into the account of NWC members as housing allowances.
The statement explains that the housing allowance was an entitlement duly approved and paid to national officials and staff of the Party and not a bribe, and maintained that the housing allowance being referred to went through due process in line with the conditions of service and entitlement of the staff and principal officers of the party.
“If for any reason, anyone decides to return money duly approved and paid, such does not in any way suggest that the money was paid as a bribe or an illegitimate money,” the statement adds.
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