National leaders of Peoples Democratic party (PDP) says officials of the National Working Committee accused of N10 billon fraud have honoured the invitation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Recall that a Chieftain of PDP, Mr. Kazeem Afegbua had petitioned EFCC to investigate the sum of N10 billion that was allegedly realized from the sale of nomination forms by the party under the leadership of the national Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus.
Based on the allegations, the agency in a letter dated May 17, 2021 addressed to Prince Uche Secondus, requested the party’s National chairman to release the National Auditor, National Organising Secretary and Director of Finance to report at the EFCC headquarters from May 19th to 21st 2021.
But the national Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Kola Ologbodinyan, admitted that the actors that were invited by the anti-graft agency had honoured the invitation.
He also emphasized in a statement he endorsed on Wednesday that
the party “is not deterred from performing its duties as the leading opposition political party on account of the invitation of its officials by the EFCC.
It also “maintains that it did not raise the sum of N10 billion being frivolously bandied in some quarters as proceeds from the sale of nomination forms”.
For the avoidance of doubt, the PDP explained that: “every expenditure by the National Working Committee (NWC) had always been in line with the budget approved by the Party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) and in keeping with political parties financial due process”.
The party assured that it will not succumb to any form of blackmail and political intimidation but will continue in its role of providing constructive opposition as well as being the national platform for all Nigerians in their rally to rescue and secure our nation from the misrule of the present administration.
“We further affirm that we have over the years submitted our audited accounts in line with statutory requirements and practice.
“However, as a responsible and public-spirited political party, we have honoured the invitation extended to our officials by the commission and we urge all party members, our teeming supporters across the nation and members of the public to remain calm”, Ologbodinyan said in the statement.