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Ayu chairs stormy meeting, orders NWC members’ probe



A week after his return from medical vacation, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Iyorchia Ayu, Tuesday, presided over a stormy meeting of the National Working Committee of the party.

The meeting was also attended by the NWC members demanding the resignation of the national chairman.

A national officer of the party, Timothy Osadolor told The PUNCH that the PDP Deputy National Chairman (South), Taofeek Arapaja; (South-South), Dan Orbih, as well as the National Vice Chairman, (South-South), Stella Effah-Attoe all turned out for the emergency meeting.

Last week, Arapaja and five others returned various amounts paid into their bank accounts to the party, questioning Ayu’s authority to approve such amounts.


The NWC members were said to have returned N122.4m rent stipends paid into their account, alleging that they got the strange bank credit alerts after they queried the whereabouts of over N10bn realised as nomination fees during the party’s primaries.

The N10b was said to have been depleted to N1bn in uncertain circumstances, leading to tension in the NWC.

They also questioned the morality of the payment against the backdrop of media reports which accused the chairman of bribing NWC members to silence them for demanding accountability over the depletion of the N10b party fund.

But a confident Ayu returned to the Wadata plaza headquarters of the party Tuesday where he chaired the NWC meeting.

Speaking with The PUNCH, the PDP National Youth Leader, Osadolor explained the agenda of the meeting and the implication of the weighty allegations made by Arapaja and five others.

He stated, “They (NWC members) all attended. I am aware that the embarrassment the six officers brought to the party was part of the agenda of the meeting. As a national officer, I am aware that the constitution of the party frowns on any action that will bring the party to public opprobrium, which they have done.

“The NWC has the character and capacity to institute disciplinary measures against any of its officers. That is on the table.’’

Asked if the six officers may be sanctioned, Osadolor stated: “PDP is a democratic party that can checkmate the excesses of its members and put its house in order.

“I don’t see how they can commit an infraction on the party’s constitution and go scot-free. There is no way they will escape the disciplinary committee that will be set up today (Tuesday). The issue is too weighty to be swept under the carpet.”

Ayu raises committee

Rising from its marathon meeting, the NWC resolved to investigate the allegations that the housing allowance paid to the NWC members was a bribe.

According to a statement by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, the National Legal Adviser of the party, Kamaludeen Ajibade SAN, will investigate the allegation and report back to the NWC within one week for further action.

The statement read, ‘’The National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party at its meeting on Tuesday, October 4, 2022, thoroughly examined the strange publication by a particular newspaper which reported that the Housing Allowance legally paid by the party to its National Officers was a bribe.

“After thorough scrutiny of the payment by the party, the NWC in the session established that the payment was not a bribe but housing allowance duly approved and paid to National Officers of the Party in line with the Conditions of Service and Entitlement of the Staff and Principal Officers of the party.

“The NWC also established that the payment passed through due process procedures of the Party by all extant financial regulations and payment approval processes of the party.

“It is also instructive to state that the National Officers who returned their Housing Allowances equally confirmed and affirmed at the meeting that the payment was not a bribe but their due entitlements in line with the Conditions of Service and Entitlement of the Staff and Principal Officers of the party.

“The NWC resolved to conduct an extensive investigation into the circumstances surrounding the said publication in The Nation newspaper of September 26, 2022, which was targeted to cause disaffection among members and stakeholders of the Party as well as bring the Party to disrepute before our teeming supporters all over the world, particularly in an election year.

“Consequently, the NWC has set up an Investigative Committee headed by the National Legal Adviser to conduct an inquiry into the source of the said malicious and injurious publication contained in The Nation newspaper of September 26, 2022.”

Our correspondent gathered that the NWC was very stormy as the participants attacked their colleagues who returned the allowance to the party coffers.

A source said, ’’The NWC members were shouting on top of their voices, hitting the table over the issue of the returned allowances by some members of the party. The meeting chaired by the National Chairman of the party, Sen. Iyorchia Ayu lasted for more than three hours.’’

But another party official claimed the meeting was frank and only discussed how to move the party forward.

He noted, “I wouldn’t want to say that the meeting was defined by members shouting at the top of their voices. The meeting was about selling the ideals of the party with the members being frank with themselves.

“We are calling facts as they are. What is more important is that the party remains unsinkable by lies and vendetta.”

Arapaja and Effah-Attoe could not be reached for reactions as they failed to respond to several calls made to their phones.

Orbih refutes probe

However, Orbih on Tuesday shed more light on the return of N122.4m paid into the NWC members account.

He also the aggrieved NWC members would not be probed.

He said, “I was never in any meeting when that approval (housing allowance) was given. We also established that they should say the date the meeting took place when that approval was given. It was also observed by all those who returned the money that their decision to return the money was based on the story reported in The Nation Newspapers that the money was a bribe.

“It may well be that even the administrative staff may be responsible for the leakage because one of them went to Arise TV to justify the payment. We want to know the source because having been informed by the NWC members that this is not the first time such would be leaked because there was even some money paid to some NWC members under Muazu, the vouchers were even published.

On the allegation that the money wasn’t a bribe, he said, “Well, it’s not an allegation, we stated in our letter that this money is being returned based on the stories in the newspaper that the money paid was a bribe.

“But most of us who were present and who had alerts on our phones showed that there was no narrative accompanying the payment. So, there’s no way they would have known from heaven that the money was for allowance.”

NEC members speak

However, a member of the PDP’s National Executive Committee, Ibrahim Tsauri, explained why Ayu might be probed, noting that the approval limit of the chairman is N10 million.

While insisting that there’s nothing wrong in approving housing allowances for NWC members, the former PDP National Secretary noted however that such must have the approval of the working committee.

He stated, “This is only becoming an issue because there is a crisis in the party. I was the only National Secretary who spent four years in office so I think I know much of these things. I am talking to you, as a person who is experienced and knows the constitution of the PDP.

“What the chairman did is normally done by the financial secretary. If there is money available, what the party does is that the NWC will instruct the financial secretary to make a budget of what is to be given to NWC members. They don’t have salaries; they only go with these legitimate allowances.

“If people are complaining that the money is too much, that is a different thing. But for housing allowance, it is legitimate. There has to be a budget and the budget has to be approved by the NWC, and taken to NEC for approval before payment is made. Why they returned the money, I don’t know. I don’t know if it was a bribe.

“The establishment manual of the PDP pegged the approval limit of the National Chairman at N10 million. But why should he approve something above his limit?”

Also speaking, an NEC member who served in the Uche Secondus-led NWC said the matter had not come before NEC.

Speaking with The PUNCH in confidence, he said, “It has not come to NEC. Yes, as an individual, as a chairman, he can only approve N10m. But he can go above that provided such an amount is discussed and approved by the NWC.

“Allowances are made available when there is money. The issue they have not cleared is whether the issue was discussed. If it was not discussed, then there will be genuine calls for probe,” he stressed.

Forum tackles Ayu

In a related development, the Forum of PDP Candidates and Aspirants has passed a no-confidence vote on the PDP national chairman, national secretary, Sen. Samuel Anyanwu, and deputy national chairman, North, Umar Damagum.

The group also said it has petitioned the national executive committee of the party and demanded either the resignation or removal of the three NWC members within 48 hours.

They threatened to institute a suit against the party chiefs if they failed to comply with their demand within 48 hours.

This was contained in a statement by the forum’s coordinator, Chris Ogbu and secretary, Dauda Yusuf.

The group accused the party leadership of extorting aspirants during the congresses, primaries, and special national convention of the party.

It further alleged fraudulent substitution of candidates after the party primaries.

Ogbu said, ‘’Sharing the money paid for nomination forms instead of utilizing it for the prosecution of the historic 2023 election of the party is very provocative and indicting to the image of the party.’’

He emphasised that the activities of the party’s leadership greatly contributed to the annulment of the governorship primaries in Zamfara and Ogun states, stressing that many cases are still awaiting court judgment.

But the media aide to the PDP chairman, Simon Imobo-Tswam, dismissed the forum, saying it did not exist.

“They said they are a forum of aspirants; who are they now, where is their office? You called me for a reaction; that is mischief,” he stated.



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Police Inspector’s Son Reportedly Stabs Boy To Death In Delta



The Son of a Serving Police Inspector, Ogbantu, has reportedly stabbed a boy, Onyebuchi Ernest Emeka, to death in Warri, Delta State.

It was gathered that the suspect, Destiny Ogbantu, fled the scene of the incident. The incident occurred at the Police Barracks near “A” Division and the Warri Area Command on Friday, the 22nd of September, at about 6 pm. Details as to why the suspect stabbed the victim to death are still sketchy at the time of this report.

It was gathered that the deceased came to the police barracks when the suspect saw him.   He was confronted by the suspect, and a serious argument ensued, leading to a fight between both of them.   A source claimed the suspect ran upstairs in the “D” block apartment, picked up a knife and a dagger, chased the deceased, who ran for his dear life until he fell, and then stabbed him countless times.

The deceased was rushed to Lily Hospital, where he died as a result of the bodily injuries he sustained from the stabs.   At the time of this report, the said inspector had been arrested by the police on the order of the area commander.

When contacted for comments, the Delta State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Bright Edafe, confirmed the report in a telephone chat.

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Ilesha Killings: Investigate Osun Governor



Ilesha Killings


Investigate Osun Governor Over Ilesha Killings, Osun APC Tells Police IG

Following the police arrest of a notorious political thug, Dauda Olalekan Ajagungbade popularly known as ‘Emir’ in Osogbo and its environs four days ago, the Osun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has tasked the Inspector-General of Police to extend the tentacle of the investigation of the ilesha killings perpetrated by the suspect to the state Governor, Senator Ademola Adeleke.

The APC noted that its call became necessary because ‘Emir’ is an ally of the governor.

It would be recalled that the police in Osun State arrested the notorious crime suspect, Ajagungbade, who was a member of Governor Adeleke Transition Committee and currently Head of the state Task Force on Motorparks across the state for allegedly physically assaulting a man with cutlasses, cudgels, knives and charms.

The PDP thug who has been on the wanted list of the police since July 2, 2022 for alleged criminal offences including murder such as ilesha killings, cultism, kidnapping and being in possession of firearms, was subsequently transferred to the Police Headquarters in Abuja for intensive investigation.

It would be recalled that Olalekan was alleged to have led the killings of five people including one Oyewale Sheriff shortly after the inauguration of Governor Adeleke and burned one person (Olalekan Waheed) to death in a cruel manner in Osogbo last year.

Emir was also alleged to have led the PDP political thugs to snatch ballot boxes in Boripe, Osogbo and Olorunda Local Government Council Areas of the state during the last presidential, governorship, national and state assembly elections.

The notorious PDP thug reported to have caused bodily harm to a lecturer, the Director of Examinations, at the Osun State Polytechnic, Iree, was also alleged to have been involved in the killings of more than five people at the recent grand finale of this year’s Osun Osogbo festival and escaped to the convoy of Governor Adeleke when the police attempted his arrest.

The ilesha killings which happened in Ilesa last Sunday and Tuesday where no fewer than four people were killed while a traditional ruler, the Alamo of Aiyegbaju-Ijesa, Oba Abidemi Adeyemi, and others were severely wounded, has also been linked to the daredevil PDP political thug.

It has been observed that the inauguration of the administration of Governor Adeleke heralded the influx of political hoodlums into the state who have been enjoying executive protection at the Ede country home of the Adelekes from police arrest. They find refuge there to evade arrest.

Observations over time have also shown that the governor, who goes about with the thugs of all shades, showing preference for their presence wherever he may be so much so that he now extends to them political patronage of employments and empowerment.

As a demonstration of his love and preference for hard guys around him, it is on record that he last week gave a Special Assistant appointment to one Olagoke Ezekiel popularly known as ‘Oba Ezekiel’ , a known ‘hitman’ of a violent cult group in Kwara State.

However, after much pressure and heckling from the disturbed public, Adeleke in a press statement, directed the statutory law enforcement agents to take charge of the security architecture of Ijesaland, saying: *’We will no longer tolerate actions capable of disrupting the peaceful atmosphere in the state.’*

From the above submission of Governor Adeleke, it means his government was all along deliberately tolerating the actions capable of disrupting the peaceful atmosphere of the state.

The Osun State chapter of the APC nevertheless, consoled the people of Ilesa over the tragic violent attacks by the mentioned two factions of cultists fighting supremacy battle which resulted into fatality of innocent souls in the ancient town.

Having said that, the party chided Governor Adeleke to stop shedding crocodile tears over the tragic incidents, accusing him candidly that he could not wash himself clean over the crises in any part of the state as his administration is thuggery-friendly.

According to the state APC chairman, Sooko Tajudeen Lawal, in a statement issued by the party’s Director of Media and Information, Chief Kola Olabisi, in Osogbo, the state capital today, the Osun State people are not that forgetful not to remember that political deviants were let loose across the state immediately after the inauguration of the Adeleke administration on November 27, 2022.

Lawal asked Governor Adeleke if he has forgotten so soon that the political barbarians who are loyal to him and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) began the unchecked terrorizing and victimization of perceived and real members of the opposition APC and some innocent members of the public right from the Osogbo City Stadium, the venue of the event.

The APC chairman recalled that Adeleke has made the state a safe haven for political hoodlums to perpetrate their crime as he gives unfettered refuge to some of the criminals who are on the wanted list of the police.

Lawal stated that it is no longer news that some of the dangerous political thugs take refuge in the Ede country home of the Adelekes from where the instant services of some of them are activated to physically deal with political counterparts within and without.

The state APC chairman pilloried Adeleke and insisted that he could not feign ignorance of the role played by some of the thugs in the brazen rigging in the governorship election that brought him in in 2022 and the series of elections in 2023 where no fewer than 30 members of the APC were sent to the great beyond by the daredevil PDP savages.

Lawal stated that keen watchers of events in the state would not agree less that Governor Adeleke is a closet patron of violent scoundrels as he has appointed quite a number of them into his government as an expression of his gratitude for helping him thwart the electoral choices of the voters in the elections.

He enjoined the police to intensify their operations in order to get at other political hoodlums who wreck havoc in the state in the name of politics.


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Gunmen abduct 7-year-old girl in Abuja



Armed men have abducted a seven-year-old girl in Yangoji village, Kwali Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Mr Suleiman Musa, a resident of the village told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that the hoodlums invaded the community in the early hours of Wednesday.

He said the hoodlums invaded the village firing several gunshots before breaking into some houses where they adducted the seven-year-old girl.

According to him, the quick intervention of a police team forced the gunmen to scramble out of the village.

NAN gathered that the Kwali Divisional Police Headquarters responded to the distress call on the attack at about 5 am on Wednesday.

A source said it was the swift response of police personnel, hunters and vigilance members led by the Kwali Divisional Police Officer (DPO) that saved the community from further harm from the gunmen.

He said that the hoodlums engaged the security team in gun battle before escaping with the abducted girl.

The source said that the security team is currently combing the area with a view to rescuing the girl and arresting the gunmen.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the FCT, SP Josephine Adeh, said she would get back to our reporter as soon as she gets details of the incident.


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