- Ahmadu Ali handled all funds – C’ttee
- Jonathan wades into party crisis
An insight into how the billions of naira the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP raised for the just-concluded general elections was used, yesterday came from the party’s National Working Committee, NWC.
Although the NWC distanced itself from the management of the money, it however admitted that its members were paid N30million each as campaign expenses and outstanding furniture allowances.
This brings to N360million the amount received by the 12-member NWC.
At a press conference in Abuja yesterday, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, admitted that the NWC members were paid a minimum of N30million each to enable them prosecute election campaigns and for outstanding furniture allowances.
Metuh said: “In this circumstance, the leadership, including the leader of the party, Mr. President, in their wisdom approved that leaders of the party, including some BoT members and the National Working Committee should be funded for them to help in prosecuting the gubernatorial election.
“For the National Working Committee, the housing arrears, furniture arrears, and medical arrears was paid to them and that was the bases of the N30 million that was paid to members of the NWC and for the purpose of prosecuting the election.
“This was done transparently and in accordance with our laws. There was no wrongdoing whatsoever either to the party funds or to the general public.
“We state clearly that we have not been given any money, rather this NWC generated billions of naira from the sale of forms from where we funded our candidates for governorship and state assembly elections in all the states of the federation in addition to funds released to key leaders including NWC and BoT members to prosecute the campaigns in their various areas. The NWC is willing and ready to make this account public in line with the Freedom of Information Act.”
He also disclosed that President Goodluck Jonathan has waded into the raging crisis in the party where some leaders are calling for the resignation of the PDP National Chairman, Adamu Mu’azu and other members of the NWC following the scandalous performance of the party in the last general elections.
Metuh said President Jonathan had a meeting with all the parties involved in the rift where he resolved all the contending issues.
According to Metuh, the PDP crisis was caused by some members who are planning to defect and want to use the feud as alibi to do so.
He declared that the Supreme Court ruling had made it impossible for anyone elected on the platform of any party to defect unless there is leadership crisis or rift within the party.
“You will recall that soon after the 2015 general elections, the media, especially the social media have been awash with sponsored negative publications and other insinuations against the leadership of our great party.
“You will also recall that we had hinted you on several occasions that some fifth columnists working with other parties had been concocting some frivolous allegations and sponsoring amorphous groups against the National Working Committee.
“We hereby wish to alert the general public and all our members that the main agenda of these elements is not only to hijack the national leadership, but also to create an impression of division and crisis and pave the way to lure some of our elected members to decamp to other parties apparently in view of the recent ruling of the Supreme Court which allows defection in the event of leadership crisis at their party’s national level.
“However, we are happy to announce that the leader of our party, President Jonathan, the PDP governors and other key stakeholders of our party including governors and legislators-elect are deeply concerned about this development and have intervened to ensure the desired stability in our party.
“We thank the President for his role in calling all stakeholders to order in the general interest of the party. In the same vein, we thank our governors and elders of the party for their mediation as well as in joining forces with the NWC in the efforts to reengineer and rebuild our great party and reposition it to regain power in 2019,” Metuh said.
On the alleged misuse of the presidential campaign funds, leading to the party’s poor performance in the polls, Metuh maintained that the NWC did not handle the campaign funds, adding that the funds were managed by the Presidential Campaign Organisation headed by Dr. Ahmadu Ali.