pdpFresh crisis is brewing in the national secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party following demand by the workers for the sack of the National Working Committee over alleged N12 billion financial impropriety and maladministration.
Addressing a press conference at the party secretariat Abuja, the leaders of the PDP Staff Welfare Committee led by Ngozi Nzeh and Dan Ochu-Baiye, Chairman and Secretary, respectively, claimed that the NWC members squandered over N12 billion.
They equally alleged that it high-level of corruption, greed and sabotage that led to the woeful performance of the party during the last general elections.
According to the workers, the party under the current leadership of Prince Uche Secondus, Acting National Chairman, and Professor Wale Oladipo, as National Secretary, has been systematically and deliberately dismembered, adding that both were inadvertently putting the nail on the coffin in preparation for its final burial.
“Never in the glorious history of our great party has its fortunes been so hopelessly mismanaged by an inept and dishonest group whose sworn mission is to permanently destroy and liquidate the lofty organization that midwifed the current democratic dispensation.
“The current National Working Committee, NWC, is only hanging on because of the obscene and bizarre bazaar which they have subjected the purse of the party to.
“Millions of PDP members are in great pains with the current reality of how the Party which in the recent past paraded the most decent and nationalistic Nigerians is now being run aground by a patently incompetent and self-centered sets of NWC members.
“We wonder if this is the same PDP that was once led by the great Dr. Alex Ekwueme, and Chief Solomon Lar. Is it the same PDP that was led by Chief Barnabas Gemade? Is it the same party that was once led by Audu Ogbeh and Ahmadu Ali? Is the party still as formidable as when it was led by Prince Vincent Eze Ogbulafor and the erudite Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo? Is it the same party that was victoriously managed by Dr. Bello Haliru Mohammed?”
“It is curious to observe that a party which once prided itself as the biggest party in Africa could be so liquidated by such executive recklessness of its NWC members so much so that N12,000,000,000 (Twelve Billion Naira) was squandered in 9 months.
“Party members will need to know why delegates were compelled to pay the sum of N10,000 (Ten thousand Naira) each into a private account of a company called Morufi Nig. Ltd. We are aware that over N1, 000,000,000 (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?
They alleged that “because of these ceaseless acts of recklessness and palpable fear for their fate, they have refused to summon a meeting of the National Executive Committee, NEC, since the party lost in the last elections.”
They alleged PDP lost the last election for several reasons including “criminal imposition of unpopular candidates and mind boggling extortion of aspirants. An example here is the yet- to- be resolved allegation by Ndudi Godwin Elumelu, who paid a whopping N750,000,000 (Seven Hundred and Fifty Million Naira) to the NWC to obtain the gubernatorial ticket of the party in Delta State and the appointment of incompetent cronies, who were specifically detailed to return unpopular candidates as officers in congresses and primaries.”
Others are non remittance of campaign funds to state chapters, alteration of results submitted by congress committees and wholesome embezzlement of proceeds of sales of nomination forms.
The workers also alleged that the incumbent governor of Kogi state was requested by NWC members to cough out the sum of one billion Naira to retain his ticket.
“In view of the incontrovertible fact that the current NWC has lost relevance and direction and has proven to be grossly incompetent of leading the party out of the present quagmire, we demand their immediate resignation.
“We are surprised that while the former National Chairman, Ahmadu Adamu Muazu, resigned, these harbingers of political ill-fate are still hanging on to celebrate over the misfortunes of the party.
“We appeal to the Board of Trustees, the national caucus and other members of the NEC to invoke relevant sections of the party constitution to call for a meeting of NEC since the NWC is reluctant to do so. A stitch in time saves nine.
“We also call on the anti-graft agencies such as the EFCC, the Police, and ICPC to beam their searchlight on the nefarious activities of the PDP NWC before they finally take the party to the grave yard.”

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