- N9billion left by Adamu Muazu, a former national chairman of the PDP is allegedly said to be missing from the party's purse
- The money was allegedly squandered within nine months before Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, the sacked national chairman of the party, came on board
- Some party members wants the PDP leaders to allow the EFCC investigate the missing fund
There is fresh tension in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over the whereabouts of about N9billion allegedly left by Adamu Muazu, a former national chairman of the party.
Muazu who had resigned as the chairman on May 20, 2015, attributed his resignation to the abysmal performance of the party in the 2015 general elections.
However, some members of the party are set to join issues with some members of the outgoing National Working Committee (NWC).
The missing money was allegedly squandered within nine months before senator Ali Modu Sheriff, the sacked national chairman of the party, came on board.
In a report by the Nation, some aggrieved members of the party wants the PDP leaders to allow the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate the whereabouts of the cash
Investigations by the news outlet indicated that all the organs, caucuses, ex-governors, ex-ministers and leaders of the party are angry over the whereabouts of the money which was in the party’s purse after the 2015 poll.
“No one has been able to tell us the whereabouts of the cash. PDP members were even kept in the dark on the lump sum in the party’s account.
“About N500million out of the N9billion is trapped in Skye Bank due to undisclosed reasons.
“The former NWC cannot sweep this cash under the carpet. All those in the past NWC must tell us what they blew N9b on .This is also why we do not want any of them to come back to lead the party until every Kobo is accounted for.”
“We want our cash back, all former NWC members must render account and locate the huge cash before seeking out votes.
“Some of us will like the EFCC to step into this cash palaver and arrest those implicated,” a former governor told The Nation.
A member of the Board of Trustees (BOT) said: “The sacked nNational chairman, Sen. Sheriff virtually inherited empty treasury. Muazu left the party on May 20, 2015 and Sheriff came on board on February 17, 2016.”
“This December 9 national convention wants to know what the party procured to have spent such huge cash after the general elections within nine months.
“The whereabouts of the cash will shape the elections at our convention. This is the hard truth we seeking but which some serving governors would like to cover up by imposing candidates.
“Those who seek to lead us must be accountable to the party. It is really unfortunate that some governors are pushing for business as usual.”
The Nation also reported further that a key member of the defunct NWC said: “The party’s former National Treasurer is in a position to give the breakdown of how the said money was spent and disbursed.
“We also ensured that our account was audited by a competent firm. Whoever is seeking explanation on the cash should get a copy of the audit report.
“This cash issue was raised at the meetings of all organs and caucuses including the National Assembly Caucus and the same details were given.
“PDP members should ignore plot by some leaders, ex-governors, ex-ministers and some disgruntled elements to employ blackmail to fight proxy battle at the convention.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had earlier reported that the governor of Abia state, Okezie Ikpeazu, backed a former governor of Ogun state, Gbenga Daniel over the national chairmanship tussle of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
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