Iyorchia Ayu appears to have landed himself into more problems even as calls for his resignation as the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) intensifies.
The Nation reports that PDP National Working Committee (NWC) members are concerned over the party’s resources having been depleted from N10 billion to N1 billion.
It was gathered that the funds are proceeds from the sale of nomination forms before the PDP’s primaries.
Even more concerning is the allegation that each member of the NWC was promised N28 million in exchange for overlooking the disappearance of the funds. The officials however, allegedly rejected the offer because they only want accountability and transparency.
According to sources, this incident is starting to add more poise to Governor Nyesom Wike’s camp’s demand for Ayu’s dismissal or resignation.
“Ahead of our campaign, all is still not well in the party because some NWC members have raised issues over what had become of the N10 billion nomination fees.
“They are demanding immediate accountability from the party. I think their anger followed a leakage that the amount collected has reduced from about N10 billion to N1billion.
“Governor Wike’s disclosure of a N1 billion gift to the party before the PDP Presidential primaries has compounded the challenge in the party because some NWC members and stakeholders were just hearing for the first time.
“The anger is mounting and Wike’s camp is already capitalizing on the situation to push for accountability and plot Ayu’s exit.
“I can tell you that the party is in a tinderbox. Some forces wanted to use accountability as an excuse to cause confusion. We know that Ayu has repeatedly assured party leaders of being accountable and transparent.
“These NWC members have been adamant on accountability. They are demanding the whereabouts of the huge cash,” the source further disclosed to The Nation.