By Victorson Agbenson
The crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic party (PDP) has taken a new twist with the latest being a ₦15 billion bribery scandal of alleged financial inducement of the national working committee members of the party.
In separate letters made available to newsmen, some members of the national working committee from the southern part of the country are returning their share of the alleged ₦15 billion loot to the coffers of the party.
In his letter, the Deputy National Chairman South, Ambassador Taofeek Arapaja said he returned the ₦36 Million credited to his account because he had reservations about the money transferred into his account.
In his letter to the national chairman of the party, Dr Iyorchia Ayu, the Deputy National Vice Chairman, South/South also returned his own share of ₦28,800,000.
The National Treasurer, the National Woman Leader, Prof Stella Effah-Attoe according to her letter as well returned her ₦28,800,000 which was paid into her account purportedly for 2 years house rent as a member of the National Working Committee.
The national vice chairman south west Mr Olusoji Adagunodo, via a letter, also returned his share to the PDP account.
Although, in a press statement, the PDP refuted the bribery allegations and described the monies paid into the account of NWC members as housing allowances.
The National Publicity Secretary Mr Debo Ologunagba in the statement explains that the housing allowance was an entitlement duly approved and paid to national officials and staff of the Party and not a bribe.
He maintains that the housing allowance being referred to went through due process in line with the conditions of service and entitlement of the staff and principal officers of the party.
He emphasises that if for any reason, anyone decides to return money duly approved and paid, such does not in any way suggest that the money was paid as bribe or an illegitimate money.