Politics

Enugu PDP requests EFCC investigation into APC’s ‘diverted $1.5 million’ convention allowance

A judge in the Federal High Court (FHC) in Abuja, on Thursday, scheduled a hearing on a petition filed by Mr Jimi Lawal, a candidate for governor who lost the Ogun Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primary poll on May 25.

In light of charges of corruption against the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Enugu, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has requested an investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Protests began Monday at the APC national secretariat in Abuja, with some Enugu members demanding payment of a $1.5 million convention allowance that has yet to be paid.

The rumoured sum is the travel budget for delegates to the June 2022 presidential nominating convention.

At a news conference on Tuesday in Enugu, the Enugu PDP campaign council spokesperson, Nana Ogbodo, claimed that his party is commenting on the matter because it has been “dragged into it.”

According to Ogbodo, “if anybody deserves to be sued for defamation over this matter, it is Agballah,” as he is the one who “defamed the Enugu PDP and its governorship candidate” by involving them in a situation that has nothing to do with them.

“We call on the EFCC to investigate the weighty allegations of embezzlement of well over N1.3 billion boldly made against the duo of Chief Ugo Agballah and Chief Uche Nnaji by well-known APC party leaders.

“The protest was led by well-known APC members, including the pioneer deputy chairman of the Enugu APC Comrade Adolphus Ude, Dr Mike Chukwu, and Vincent Asogwa, among others, and their grievances and allegations were clear.

“They want immediate removal of Chief Ugochukwu Agballah as the chairman of the APC in Enugu and the appointment of a caretaker chairman.

“They want the party to compel Agballah and Uche Nnaji to immediately make available to the state’s delegates to the national convention and presidential primary election the allowances totalling about $1.5 million (about N1 billion) given to delegates by presidential aspirants.

“They want them to immediately account for the N283 million they got for expression of interest and nomination forms.”

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