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Bribery scandal rocks PDP as six NWC members return ₦177.6m


The crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has taken another dimension as six members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party have returned N177.6 millions paid into their accounts as bribes by the party’s leadership.

Those who have returned the alleged bribe paid to them from the “proceeds of the N10 billion sales of nomination forms” include the Deputy National Chairman (South), Ambassador Taofeek Arapaja, who refunded N36 million to the party’s account; National Vice Chairman South-South, Chief Dan Orbih (N28 million) and National Woman Leader, Prof. Stella Effah-Attoe (N28 million).

Others are: National Vice Chairman South-East, Ali Odefa (N28 million); National Vice Chairman South-West, Olasoji Adagunobi-Oluwatukesi (N28 million) and Deputy National Secretary, Setonji Koshoedo (N28 million).

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The money paid into the six people’s accounts were said to be for ‘house rent.’

The letters for the return of the money were conveyed to the party’s national chairman and leaked to the public.

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State had accused the PDP’s National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu of pocketing N1 billion in Lagos.

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