PDP ‘Party officials spent N12bn in 9 months,’ Angry workers say

The workers made the disclosure after PDP officials announced plans to reduce the party’s workforce and slash salaries by 50 per cent.

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Angry employees of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have accused the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) of squandering N12bn in nine months.

PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh play

PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh

(Vanguard)

 

The workers made the disclosure after PDP officials announced plans to reduce the party’s workforce and slash salaries by 50 per cent.

PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh play

PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh

(Vanguard NG)

 

The party’s decision was contained in a letter sent to the workers by the party’s National Secretary, Wale Oladipo.

The workers, in response, questioned the leadership on how N12 billion, N11 billion realized from the sale of nomination forms and N1bn from the sale of delegates forms, was spent in nine months.

The workers’ reply read:

“While we appreciate the fact that the party is no longer in power, we are equally aware that the party realised over eleven billion naira (N11,000,000,000) in income from the sale of nomination and expression of interest forms in the last quarter of 2014.” 

“We are equally aware that the NWC collected over a billion naira from the sale of delegate forms via a company account called Morufi Nig. Ltd, Zenith Bank Account N0:1014041654. With this healthy bank balance, we find it strange that after just two months of handing over power, the NWC is proposing a 50% reduction in staff emoluments.”

“We have also observed from publications in the media that the NWC shared outrageous largesse among themselves immediately after the party’s loss in the last general elections. We are appalled by the whimsical and derisory nature of the circular which unfortunately negates all known administrative procedures.”

 “We wish to draw the national secretary’s attention to the fact that there are administrative procedures for the disengagement of staff whose appointments have been duly confirmed.”

The workers also rejected the pay cut adding that “unlike the members of the NWC, the staff are solely dependent on their salaries and allowances.”

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