The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has dismissed the charge of fraud leveled against the party’s National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, by a party member, Prince Kasim Afegbua, as baseless and unreasonable.
Afegbua yesterday filed a petition to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) alleging N10 billion fraud against the PDP leadership.
In the said petition, Afegbua had asked the anti-graft agencies to look into the financial transactions of the Secondus-led PDP leadership, with a view to probing how N10 billion allegedly realised from the sale of nomination forms in the 2019 elections was spent.
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The petitioner further alleged that the amount was lodged in a certain Morufu Nigeria Limited bank account by the party leadership.
However, in response to the accusation, PDP spokesman Kola Ologbondiyan said at a press conference in Abuja yesterday that the allegation was false.
According to him, the PDP made N4.6 billion from the sale of candidacy forms in 2019 rather than the N10 billion claimed by Afegbua, and the party had submitted its audited report for the year to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as required by policy.
“The PDP did not lift Afegbua’s fake amount of N10 billion as he claims,” Ologbondiyan said.
For the sake of doubt, the PDP collected a budget for N4.6 billion and spent it in accordance with all established financial laws of our party.