By Disun Amosun
Pressure Group within the main opposition political party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) under the umbrella of”Coalition for Good Governance” has demanded the immediate sack of five members of the National Working Committee, NWC of the Party over alleged anti-Party activities.
The affected NWC members are Deputy National Chairman (South), Amb Taofeek Arapaja, the National Vice Chairman (South South), Chief Dan Orbih, the National Vice Chairman (South West), Olasoji Adagunodo National Vice Chairman (South East) Chief Ali Odefa and the National Woman Leader, Prof. Stella Affah-Attoe respectfully.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Group’s National Coordinator; Mallam Muhammad Suleiman; General Secretary, Owolabi Adebola; and National Publicity Secretary; Ephraim Obinna which was made available to news men in Abuja
The Group while condemning the alleged bribery and inducement of the members of the NWC leveled against the National Chairman of the Party, Senator Iyorchia Ayu demanded for thorough investigation of the affected party members.
The group accused the officials of working for desperate selfish interest, to orchestrate damaging narratives aimed at bringing the PDP to public disrepute and truncate its fortune in the 2023 general election.
The statement read, “In the bid to foist a negative storyline on the Party, these apparently compromised National Officers, yielded to the enemies of the Party by falsely presenting their Housing Allowances, their legitimate entitlement duly approved and paid to national officials and staff of the Party to the public as bribe.”
“The action of these National Officers amounts to serious betrayal of trust, gross misconduct, abuse of office and unpardonable anti-Party activity in violation of Section 58 (1) of the Constitution of the PDP, 2017 (as amended) and demands for thorough investigation and sanctions where applicable.
“This is especially as these National Officers are part of the National Working Committee which approved the funds in line with the already established Terms and Conditions of Service of staff and Principal officers of the Party^ the statement added.
“In this regard, we call for the immediate investigation into the financial activities of these officials following allegations that they were heavily bribed to execute such a despicable scheme against the Party and our Presidential Candidate.