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PGF DG urges Ayu to probe use of N30b on abandoned PDP secretariat

By Adamu Abuh (Abuja), Innocent Anoruo, Adaku Onyenucheya (Lagos) and Charles Ogugbuaja (Owerri)
02 November 2021   |   2:23 am
Director-General of the Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF), Dr Salihu Lukman, has called on the Dr. Iyorchia Ayu-led Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to probe the use of over N30 billion...

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Director-General of the Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF), Dr Salihu Lukman, has called on the Dr. Iyorchia Ayu-led Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to probe the use of over N30 billion mobilised for construction of the 12-storey national secretariat of the party in Abuja.

Lukman, in a piece titled: ‘Opposition Politics and Campaign for New Nigeria’, argued that unearthing circumstances surrounding abandonment of the project situated along Muhammadu Buhari Way, Central Business District, Abuja, will demonstrate PDP’s commitment to rescuing Nigeria from alleged misrule of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.

He said: “Having mobilised close to N30 billion and expended over N16 billion, a born-again PDP leadership committed to rescuing Nigeria should be able to fix its internal problems first. Like it is often said, charity begins at home. A party that is committed to rescuing Nigeria should first and foremost rescue itself from its internal adversaries.

“PDP leaders must always remember the saying in law, ‘he who comes to equity must come with clean hands.’ Having presided over affairs of Nigeria for 16 years between 1999 and 2015, what were the specific achievements of the PDP?”

This came as Delta State governorship hopeful, Chief Fred Majemite, hailed the new leaders of the PDP as a team that is ready to put the country on a new path of growth.

Addressing newsmen, yesterday, in Abuja, Majemite congratulated the PDP family for a hitch-free national convention and former Senate President, Iyorchia Ayu, for emerging as the national chairman.

The two-time commissioner in Delta described Ayu as a thoroughbred political titan with sound credentials and capable of attracting more people to the party in the months ahead to win the presidential election in 2023.

He expressed confidence in the ability of Chief Ighoyota Amori, Samuel Anyanwu and other national officers to take the party to greater heights.

“Now that we have unanimously elected a new chairman, alongside other national officers, for our great party, the PDP, this is the time to give them all the needed support to lead us to victory in the 2023 general elections,” Majemite told journalists.

Also, a PDP gubernatorial aspirant in Ogun State, Prince John Adegbola, said the emergence of Ayu as national chairman is a right peg in the right hole.

He also praised the choice of 25-year-old Muhammad Kalade Sulaiman as national youth leader, describing the party as being on a mission to rescue the country.

MEANWHILE, national secretary-elect of the PDP, Senator Samuel Anyanwu, has said he would not use his position to witch- hunt any person. Rather, he promised to work for the growth of the party.

Anyanwu, disclosed this at a victory dinner in his honour, as espoused in a statement signed by his Media Adviser, Ikenna Onuoha, promising that he would unite the members: “As national secretary of the largest political party in Africa, my mission is to genuinely unite everyone together rather than witch-hunt anyone,” he said.