Politics

NWC Synthesizes New Defence for Alleged Bribe Payment by Embattled PDP Chairman Ayu

•Sets up committee on The Nation newspaper report

Embattled PDP National Chairman Iyorchia Ayu facing bribe allegations to the party’s National Working Committee members.

The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has declared after its meeting on Tuesday, 4 October 2022, that what a publication by a particular newspaper reported as a bribe given by its Chairman was actually a Housing Allowance legally paid by the Party to its National Officers.

According to a statement issued by PDP National Publicity Secretary Debo Ologunagba in Abuja on Tuesday, 4 October 2022, after a thorough scrutiny of the payment by the Party, the NWC in session established that the payment was not a bribe but Housing Allowance duly approved and paid to National Officers of the Party in line with the Conditions of Service and Entitlement of the Staff and Principal Officers of the Party.

Mr. Ologunagba also stated that the NWC established that the payment passed through Due Process procedures of the Party in accordance with all extant financial regulations and payment approval processes of the Party.

“It is also instructive to state that the National Officers who returned their Housing Allowances equally confirmed and affirmed at the meeting that the payment was not bribe but their due entitlements in line with the Conditions of Service and Entitlement of the Staff and Principal Officers of the Party.

“Considering the above, the NWC resolved to conduct an extensive investigation into the circumstances surrounding the said publication in The Nation Newspaper of September 26, 2022 which was clearly targeted to cause disaffection among members and stakeholders of the Party as well as bring the Party to disrepute before our teeming supporters all over the world particularly in an election year.

“Consequently, the NWC has set up an Investigative Committee headed by the National Legal Adviser to conduct an inquiry into the source of the said malicious and injurious publication contained in The Nation Newspaper of September 26, 2022.

“The Committee has one week to investigate the matter and report back to the NWC for further action,” the PDP spokesman further stated.