The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is embroiled in a bribery scandal.
In media chat last Friday, Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers, accused Iyorchia Ayu, national chairman of the PDP, of receiving N1 billion from a certain presidential hopeful under questionable circumstances.
Wike accused the PDP national chairman of corruption.
The governor’s allegation set off a chain of events within the PDP.
Letters seen by TheLink News showed some members of the national working committee (NWC) of the party are now returning funds ”suspiciously” paid to them.
Stella Effah-Attoe, national woman leader, said she received N28,800,000 for house rent as a member of the NWC.
“Since after the lodgment of the money into my Bank Account, I have been inundated with many phone calls from party members, friends, family members and the general public, insinuating that the said money has been given as a bribe to bring me and other NWC members on the side of the National Chairman, following the crisis between him on one side and the Governor of Rivers State, H.E. Governor Nyesom Wike/Wike’s Group, on the other side,” she said.
“In addition, some national newspapers/social media platforms have also carried stories accusing the NWC members of being placated with bribe of N28,800,000.00. This development has made me very uncomfortable, having found myself in such an embarrassing situation, I am hereby refunding to the Bank Account of our Great Party at the PDP National Secretariat.”
Ambassador Taofeek Arapaja, DNC south, said he discovered N36,000,000 in his bank account after going through his phone.
“This led me to browse through my various alerts, and I discovered a transfer of thirty-six million naira (N36,000,000.00) from the party. I have my reservation about this money transferred into my account and for personal reasons wish to return it accordingly,” the PDP chieftain said.
Dan Orbih, PDP national vice-chairman south-south, described the funds paid to him as a ”surprise”.
He said: “To my shock and surprise, it has been confirmed to me by my bank that the sum of N28,800,000 (twenty eight million eight hundred thousand Naira) has been credited to my account by the party. I hereby notify you of my decision to pay back the money to the party’s account.”
There have been calls for a probe of PDP finances under the current national chairman.
The letters are attached below.