- Party begins probe of campaign funds
A day after the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP National Working Committee, NWC accused him of contributing to the defeat of President Goodluck Jonathan at the March 28 election through his hate campaign, Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Peter Ayo Fayose, has fired back at the party’s leadership.
The governor insisted yesterday that the PDP lost the last presidential election because its National Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, compromised.
Fayose went further to say he has cogent evidence of Mu’azu’s unholy alliance with the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC before the elections.
The APC defeated the PDP at the federal level and in most states of the federation, including Bauchi State where Mu’azu hails from.
Fayose threatened that if Mu’azu goes any further to deny romancing with the opposition before the election, he would expose all his underhand deals.
The governor also challenged the NWC of the party to provide evidence of money released to him to prosecute the last general elections.
He said only N30million was disbursed to him for the prosecution of the last general elections.
Fayose stated this in a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka.
The governor insisted that his call for the dissolution of the Mu’azu-led NWC of the PDP was in good faith and in the overall interest of the party.
He added: “I have no apology on my position on the NWC because its responsibility as a party does not take away its failure in the last general elections.”
The governor, who challenged the NWC to provide evidence of money released to him to prosecute the last elections, added: “Only N30 million was received for the last two elections and to the glory of the Almighty God and support of Ekiti people, we won all elections outrightly.
“I therefore demand for the mode with which the money was released to me by the NWC.”
Governor Fayose reiterated his commitment to the PDP, pointing out that if it remained only him in the party, he would continue to defend its course.
He said: “If it remains only me, I will continue to defend the course of this party because some people are born to stand up at difficult times, and I believe I am one of such people born to stand up for the PDP at this difficult time.”
Reiterating his call for the dissolution of the NWC, Governor Fayose said: “In saner climes, when a war commander leads his troop to an embarrassing defeat, such commander does not need anyone to tell him that he needs to leave the warfront for another commander to take over.”
While describing the attack on his person by the NWC as unfortunate, the governor said it was sad that the NWC members, especially the National Chairman, were refusing to allow new people to manage the party after running it into its first national electoral failure.
He said: “How do we explain the PDP losing so scandalously in Bauchi State, despite the presence of the National Chairman, Federal Capital Territory Minister and the state governor?
“I am even more particular about the National Chairman because he sold the party to the opposition. I have cogent evidence of his unholy alliance with the opposition before the elections and if they go any further, I will expose all his underhand deals.
“I want to say it again that I have no apology for calling for the resignation of the NWC members, especially the National Chairman. After all, someone resigned his position as the National Chairman for Alhaji Mu’azu to assume office.
“Lastly, let me say it categorically that they can only attempt to destroy this party for the moment, not forever. Sooner or later, they will all fade away and PDP will rise again,” he said.
PDP begins probe of campaign funds
And as controversy continues to trail the disbursement of the PDP campaign funds, its national leadership yesterday directed the party’s Election Assessment Committee to probe how the money was spent.
This came as President Jonathan ordered all members of the NWC and other leaders of the party to stop the bitter media war and blame game over the scandalous outcome of the general elections.
At the inauguration of the Election Assessment Committee headed by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, Mu’azu, who spoke through the PDP National Secretary, Prof Adewale Oladipo, charged the panel “to look at the funding of the elections to determine whether or not the funds meant for the campaigns were adequate and whether disbursements were properly done.”
Mu’azu asked the Committee to identify the remote and immediate causes of the relatively poor performance of the PDP in the 2015 general elections and ascertain the degree of anti-party activities, compromises and outright sabotage that may have contributed to the “misfortunes of our party at the elections.”
Other terms of reference of the Committee are:
* To trace the origin and process of the seeming decline of the party in its electoral performance;
* To take a critical look at the preparations and build-up of the PDP to the general elections and determine its adequacies and lapses;
* To review and determine the adequacy of the structures for the 2015 general elections and how those structures functioned;
* To identify different groups in the party who were to play critical roles before and during the elections and determine the effectiveness or otherwise;
* To determine any other matter that may be considered necessary and in the interest of the party.
* To propose a road map for the party to recover its past glory and definitely win the general elections in 2019.
Mu’azu disclosed that the committee was put in place as a responsible political party which had been saddled with the responsibility of providing leadership for the country in the last 16 years in order to look into those factors which led to its woeful performance at the last general elections and chart a way forward ahead of the 2019 elections
On the crisis rocking the party since after the elections, Mu’azu stated that its National leader, President Jonathan had ordered an immediate ceased fire and that the NWC would abide by the directive and pass it down to all members through its appropriate organs for strict compliance.
According to him, “Let me use this opportunity to relay President Jonathan’s message to all PDP leaders and members. He has given definite instruction that all acts of unwarranted attacks and counter-attacks on members and leadership of the party on the outcome of the general elections should stop immediately”.
However, the three serving governors, Godswill Akpabio, (Akwa-ibom),Theodore Orji (Abia) and Ibrahim Dankwanbo (Gombe) who were members of the Committee were absent at the ceremony
On the absence of the governors, PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, said that it was due to communication gaps which had been resolved while the chairman of the committee. In his remark, Ekweremadu said that the woeful performance of the party at the last general elections was not only a loss to the PDP but a loss to the entire country based on the monumental achievements recorded in the country in the past 16 years through its transformation agenda.