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Confusion in PDP over “missing” N3b

By Henry Umoru, Abuja
THE National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Prince Vincent Ogbulafor was at the Presidential Villa, Abuja yesterday for a closed door meeting with Acting President, Goodluck Jonathan to brief  him on recent events in the party.
It was also gathered yesterday that confusion seems to be rearing its head at the National Secretariat of the party over  the missing  N 3 billion naira said to have been left behind by the previous administration of the party.Ahead of  the National Executive Committee, NEC meeting slated for next week Tuesday, 27 April, 2010, the leadership of the party would need to meet with Acting President Jonathan who is the leader of the party on arrangements as well as other salient issues in the party.

It would be recalled that the National Working Committee, NWC of the party had on Thursday suspended former Senate Presidents, Ken Nnamani, Adolphus Wabara, Ex-Speaker Bello Masari and the immediate past National Secretary of the party, Bernard Eze following what the party termed anti-party activities.

Meanwhile, following  Thursday’s suspension of 19 senior members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, by the National Working Committee, NWC of the party, former Speaker, Federal House of Representatives disclosed yesterday that the PDP reform Forum has concluded arrangements to contest the decision.

Also affected were former Presidential aspirant, Rochas Okorocha, immediate past Minister of Commerce and Industry, Achike Udenwa, former governor of Rivers State, Peter Odili, the PDP Abia governorship candidate in the 2007 governorship election, Onyema Ugochukwu, former transport Minister, Abiye Sekibo, one time Health Minister, Professor ABC Nwosu and Senator Ifeanyi Ararume, among others.

The where about of the money whether it was spent before the end of former National Chairman of the PDP, Dr. Amadu Ali or the present administration of the party was sparked off by the former National Organizing Secretary of the Party during Ali’s era, Alhaji Umaru Dahiru, who alleged at the PDP reform forum, on Thursday, that before they left, a total of 4 billion was left in the coffers of the party.

According to him, “We have generated a total of about N4 billion out of which we donated N1 billion for the construction of new National Secretariat. We left that money with the intention that it was going to form part of whatever is going to be the cost of the construction of the new National Secretariat.

I am not Financial Secretary and I cannot know the amount in the treasury. But all I know is that we collected on the sale of forms about N4 billion. Out of which, we donated N1 billion. “Part of the money was used for the congresses and conventions and the other part left, was donated for the construction of permanent secretariat”.

But yesterday, a top member of the NWC who noted that the N4 Billion was raised by the party for the sales of forms at all level during the 2007 election, stressed that One Billion from the 4 billion was actually deposited into the PDP Building Development Fund for the building of the National Secretariat of the party.

According to the source, the where about of the remaining N3 billion was not known, because on assumption of office on March 8 2008 the NWC of the party, inherited a debt of over N600 million, adding, “let the EFCC or ICPC be invited by the National Executive Committee (NEC) to find out how the N4 Billion was spent. We should like to know whether the outstanding N3 Billion was spent under Prince Vincent Ogbulafor or under the former National Chairman, Dr. Ahmadu Ali”.


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