Seven members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Working Committee have resigned from the party.
Their resignation has led to palpable tension at the Wadata House, National Secretariat, in Abuja. Those who resigned include the National Deputy Publicity Secretary, Diran Odeyemi; Deputy National Organising Secretary, Hassan Yakubu; and the Deputy National Woman Leader, Hadizat Umoru.
The development is a result of the crisis rocking the leadership of the party after a former spokesperson of the party’s presidential Campaign, Kasim Afegbua, accused the chairman and the leadership of series of offences. Afegbua had also called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) in April, to probe the party’s leadership.
He had submitted his petition during his visit to the offices of the anti-corruption agencies, asking them to look into the financial transactions of PDD Chairman, Uche Secondus, in the spirit of transparency, accountability, and book-keeping, in line with the existing anti-corruption laws.
He also alleged that much of the financial transactions of the PDP under its present leadership have been shrouded in mystery. He further accused the leadership of a deliberate attempt to short-change the party in the build-up to the 2023 general elections.
In the petition, he asked the anti-graft agencies to scrutinise close to N10 billion that was allegedly accrued to the party’s purse from 2017 till date, especially those that were as a result of sales of nomination forms for presidential, governorship, House of Assembly, and senatorial elections.
Afegbua also alleged that Secondus voided the use of the party’s bank accounts and used one Morufu Nigeria Limited as a conduit pipe for financial mismanagement in the sales of forms in 2019.
In the spirit of transparency, Afegbua urged the party’s leadership to lead by example by ensuring accountability.
Meanwhile, the officials who tendered their resignations complained about what they referred to as “an unpleasant working environment”.
The party’s National Organising Secretary, Col. Austin Akobundu (retd), confirmed the resignations, saying those who resigned were deputies not the substantial heads of the departments.
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