The All Progressives Congress has begun circulating letters showing refund of payment of money to some members of the Peoples Democratic Party’s National Working Committee (NWC).
About four members of the NWC have returned over N100 million allegedly paid as bribes.
The members in a letter to the national chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, returned different sums ranging from N28 million to N36 million. They said it became necessary to return the money after a backlash from the media accusing them of taking bribes.
The NWC members who returned the money are the national vice chairman (south-west) Olasoji Adagunodo, the deputy national chairman (south) Taofeek Arapaja; the national vice chairman (south), Dan Orbih, and the national women leader, Stella Affah-Attoe.
Arapaja, in his own letter, dated September 29 said that when he saw a report alleging he had taken bribe, “I browsed through my various alerts, and I discovered a transfer of Thirty-Six Million Naira from the party.”
Meanwhile, the PDP has confirmed it paid money to some members of its NWC.
The party’s national publicity secretary, Debo Ologunagba, in a statement on Thursday described the bribery allegations as strange and unfounded motives.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the PDP states in an unequivocal term that no funds were paid into the account of any member of the NWC as a bribe for any purpose whatsoever for that matter,” he said.
“The Housing Allowance being referred to went through the due process of the party – in line with the Conditions of Service and entitlement of the staff and principal officers of the party,” he added.