- Pressure on NEC to dissolve NWC
- BoT members move to save party from collapse
Serving and former leaders of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, will this week keep a date with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, over alleged N12billion fraud linked to them, which some aggrieved workers of the party blew the whistle on at the weekend in Abuja.
Apart from addressing a press conference on the matter, the workers sent a petition to the anti-graft agency demanding the investigation of the lead actors in the alleged fraud.
Nigerian Pilot learnt at the weekend that it was against this backdrop that the EFCC assembled a special team to give the petition the urgency it deserves.
After scrutinising the document, the crack team was said to have resolved to invite the PDP former National Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu and four other members of the party’s National Working Committee, NWC, over their roles in the alleged scam.
An impeccable source at the commission told Nigerian Pilot that the EFCC Chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde, has directed a special team to investigate the alleged fraud following the petition written against some NWC members.
According to the source, Mu’azu, who resigned from his office under controversial circumstances after the party failed to win the last presidential election, will be quizzed along with the current Acting PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, the National Secretary, Prof. Adewale Oladipo, National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisah Metuh and the Director of Finance at the PDP National Secretariat.
He said that serious attention will be given to the petition from today, adding that some members of NWC, including Secondus, will be invited for interactions with EFCC’s operatives.
Also, another source at the PDP National headquarters in the office of the National Legal Adviser, claimed that the party’s National Leader, former President Goodluck Jonathan, has given his blessings to the move by operatives to investigate the alleged fraud.
He said that all the stakeholders are embarrassed by the litany of corruption charges against members of the PDP’s NWC, who have also commenced consultations on the replacement of the affected officials.
Workers at the PDP National Secretariat, Abuja, had on Friday, accused members of the NWC of massive corruption including the alleged sharing of about N12billion realised from the sale of forms for the March and April 2015 general elections.
They also alleged that N1billion changed hands during the recent congress of the party in Kogi State.
The allegations came on the heels of the planned reduction in the staff strength at the secretariat by 50 percent and salary cut by the same ratio.
For a party still reeling from the effects of its loss of power in the March and April elections, the workers’ allegations have not gone down well with party leaders including Goodluck Jonathan and members of the Board of Trustees, BoT.
The party source said that the aggrieved workers wrote another petition to Jonathan and other stakeholders, which has received their backing.
It was gathered that the stakeholders have begun consultations on how to save the party from further embarrassment.
The source said that the stakeholders were being pressured to prevail on the National Executive Committee, NEC, to dissolve the NWC immediately on account of the mindboggling allegations.
His words: “The workers have taken their protest to Jonathan, who is the leader of the party and the BoT. They are mounting pressure on them for the sack of the NWC by NEC.
“They said with the present NWC, the PDP will die. Some BoT members have started consultations on the way out of the crisis at hand.
“I think we may end up convening an emergency meeting of NEC in order to save the party from this unnecessary embarrassment.”
Although, the Head of EFCC’s Media and Publicity, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, could not be reached yesterday on the matter, it was learnt that the affected PDP chieftains will receive summons from the commission from today.