- The headquarters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is in a sorry state
- The ruling party is struggling with financial debts which questions the ability of the managers of the party
- Not spared from the bad management of the party leadership are journalists who cover the activities of the APC
Journalists covering the headquarters of the APC have said that they will embark on a massive protest against the National Working Committee (NWC) led by Chief John Oyegun as from next week.
This is due to the inability of the party leaders to pay various advertisements placed on the various media platform.
The debt running into over N25 million cut across various major national newspapers covering the party, which include; This Day, Punch, Daily Trust, Blueprint, Guardian, Nation, Sun, Vanguard, Leadership among others.
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The party recently generated more than sixty million naira from the sales of the nomination and expression of interest forms, but the money cannot be accounted for.
It was gathered that eleven out of the twelve aspirants officially paid five million and five hundred thousands for the forms while the only woman aspirant got the form free of charge according to the APC constitution.
Some of the adverts placed in the newspapers were said to have taken more than two years without payment by the ruling party.
The affected newsmen, who said they are on the verge of losing their jobs owning to various threats from their offices, expressed frustration confronting them as a result of APC debt.
The break down of the advert debts shows that the Nation, Leadership, the Sun, Blueprint, Vanguard and Daily Trust have the highest shares unpaid advert.
One of the journalists who revealed the plan to carry placards against Chief Oyegun led NWC next week said they resulted to take the action after several appeals to the party hierarchy failed.
Oyegun has been accused by many party chieftains of the party of mis-managing the party's finances since he assumed office.
Five months ago, the deputy national publicity secretary of the APC, Comrade Timi Frank appealed to the staff of the party not to strike as the party battles to shore its finances and settle arrears of unpaid salaries.
Frank, however, challenged the Oyegun-led National Working Committee NWC to account for all the money generated from the sales of governorship forms as well as membership registration fees.
“Non-payment of staff salaries is a leadership problem in APC secretariat which I have been talking about”, he said in a statement issued on Tuesday March 14, in Abuja.
Late last year, the headquarters of the APC was thrown into darkness following the party’s failure to offset the N1.7 million debt owed Abuja Electricity Distribution Company.
An electricity receipt pasted on the gate of the APC secretariat showed that the party had only recently paid N500, 000 of the debt.
Watch the video report of Senator Uba of the APC picking his nomination form from the national headquarters on NAIJ.com TV below: