Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike and Senator Iyorchia Ayu

In lieu of the exposition of some PDP National Working Committee members on Fraud Allegations against Iyorchia Ayu, Unsettlement and Quiet Fills the Party.

Ejes Gist Newspaper reports that Iyorchia Ayu, the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is anticipated to return to Nigeria today, Friday, despite serious corruption allegations around his office.

But unlike when he left the country for Europe amid fanfare, the same might not be true of his return trip given that he is returning to a court of public opinion where his PDP colleagues on the National Working Committee, NWC, are making stunning discoveries.

Wike Accused Iyorchia Ayu of Fraud

Just a week prior, Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers State, accused Ayu of indulging in corrupt activities in what appears to be blowing the lead.

Few people believed Wike’s accusations, though, given his protracted conflict with the party chairman since since the party’s presidential primary contest, which Wike lost to Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

In response to inquiries from journalists, Wike said that Ayu received N1 billion from one of the party’s presidential candidates.

The chairman cannot deny that he got the money but refused to transfer it to the party’s account, he continued, adding that Ayu is corrupt.

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Wike Calls PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu Dishonest, Corrupt

Ayu is incredibly dishonest. I have complete knowledge. Ayu has the chance to challenge me, and I will tell you who.

“Some governors can tell you, I am sure. Will he refute the claim that Lagos was not where he got the N1 billion? If he objects, I will point out that the money did not come from the Lagos State Government and that it was instead given to him in Lagos.

In a meeting with a presidential candidate, he expressed his uncertainty about the governors’ desire to serve as the party’s sponsors.

We are not criticizing Ayu on the grounds that the money did not enter the PDP’s account.

Wike fired a powerful cannonball, but Ayu, who was travelling abroad, did not respond.

More Fraudulent Accusations against Iyorchia Ayu 

However, while Nigerians were still waiting for Ayu to respond to the serious accusations, at least four members of the Ayu-led NWC rejected suspicious funds that were deposited into their accounts on Thursday.

Over N122 million worth of the money has already been transferred back to the PDP account, and each of the receivers left a note for Ayu.

Olasoji Adagunodo, National Vice Chairman (South-West), Taofeek Arapaja, National Vice Chairman (South), Chief Dan Orbih, and Prof. Stella Affah-Attoe, National Women Leader, were among those who returned the funds.

According to information in their letters, Arapaja received N36 million, Adagunodo, Orbih, and Effah-Attoe each received N28.8 million.

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“My attention has been drawn to a damaging trending story titled ‘Disquiet in PDP NW over N10 billion nomination fees,'” Orbih wrote in the letter he sent to Ayu. Among other things, he claimed that NWC members were paid N28 million to cover up scandalous financial misappropriation.

“To my shock and surprise, my bank confirmed to me that the amount of N28, 800,000 was credited to my account by the party. I hereby inform you of my decision to credit the party’s account with the money.

Please acknowledge receipt of the following Zenith Bank Manager’s checks for the Party’s account: N10,000,000, N10,000,000, and N8,800,000. Globus Bank PLC, A/C: 1000095003.

Ejes Gist Newspaper earlier reports that other NWC members wrote Ayu similar letters expressing their disapproval of the dubious money.

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One of them, Effah-Attoe claimed, was informed the funds were intended for her two-year rent after she enquired about them.

But she claimed that phone calls from party members, friends, family members, and members of the public suggested that the money was a bribe intended “to bring me and other NWC members on the side of The National Chairman, following the crisis between him on the one side and the Governor of Rivers State, H.E. Governor Nyesom Wike Wike’s Camp on the other side”

According to reports, the situation has alarmed the PDP’s upper echelons, including Atiku Abubakar’s camp, which views the unfolding events as unfavourable for the party, particularly as the election season gets underway.

“Recall that massive corruption in governance was one of the reasons the party was voted out in 2015; this is now taking place.

“There is unease everywhere; it seems as though Wike was right after all.

This is unfortunate because it would be challenging for the party to go and discuss anti-corruption with voters while its house is tarnished by numerous unresolved fraud claims.

Since the majority of party leaders are shocked by this development, the national chairman should resign as soon as possible. Wike is no longer the focus of this. Ayu need to simply concede if he truly has the party’s best interests at heart.

It will be challenging to clean up this mess before the election, the top party source said. “There is no way he can lead the party into a general election with this kind of baggage.”

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The PDP leadership has remained silent regarding these accusations as of the time this report was filed.

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