Fresh trouble for Atiku Campaign

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The Peoples Democratic Party is facing a crisis that threatens its very existence as we approach the general elections of 2023. Members of the National Working Committee who oppose the party's national chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, have claimed that the party's leadership has marginalized them in the current presidential campaigns.

Several NWC members, including the National Woman Leader, Stella Effah-Attoe, and the Deputy National Chairman (South), Taofeek Arapaja, returned millions of naira to the party's coffers a few weeks ago, disputing Ayu's authority to sanction payments over the N10 million cap.

While Arapaja gave back N36m, the other five gave back N28.8m apiece, claiming a media story that said they had been bought off by the national chairman to keep quiet about issues relating to Ayu's financial accountability.

The NWC members insisted that they were never a part of a meeting where the controversial housing allowance was brought up for discussion, despite the party clearing the former Senate President of any wrongdoing in a statement that noted that the controversial housing allowance was distributed after following the proper procedures.

A NWC member who returned his portion of the housing allowance claimed that the party's national chairman had dumped him and five other members who had turned down the money, calling them "Wike's people."

He told reporters: "Those of us who repaid money have been completely ignored. They referred to us as Wike's supporters and forbade us from participating in the elections.

Atiku Abubakar
Atiku Abubakar
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