The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, have said it isn’t properly funded by its governors, led by Ayodele Fayose, governor of Ekiti state. Fayose is currently chairman, PDP Governors’ Forum, and loudest of the lot.
Dayo Adeyeye, spokesman for the Ahmed Makarfi’s faction of PDP, said this while rebutting it receives a N50 million monthly subvention from the governors. Cairo Ojougboh, deputy national chairman of rival PDP faction, had claimed it was the reason the Makarfi’s side was opposed to a reconciliation of the beleaguered party.
“Our only regret is that these (monetary) contributions have not been forthcoming as expected, given the heavy weight of responsibilities placed before us and especially the burden of having to deal with distractions caused by Senator Sheriff and his cohorts”, Adeyeye said.
“The governors are all alive and are free to come forward and declare publicly their level of contributions to the National Caretaker Committee since May 21, 2016”. Adeyeye adds that his faction is better off with members’ little monetary contributions than the Sheriff’s group, allegedly funded by the All Progressive Congress (APC).
He stressed that the party has struggled to pay its staff and carry out other secretariat duties.
“So much so that simple secretariat duties have been a struggle while we have been unable to pay staff salaries of just N18 million a month. Members of the National Caretaker Committee do not enjoy any remuneration.
“Our only regret is that these contributions have not been forthcoming as expected, given the heavy weight of responsibilities placed before us and especially the burden of having to deal with distractions caused by Senator Sheriff and his cohorts.
“Dr. Cairo Ojougboh should tell us which APC governor, minister or official bought Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) for them? Governor Fayose has also made a public allegation that Senator Sheriff had received $1 million from the APC to organise a new convention. Senator Sheriff is yet to publicly refute the allegation.
“The only thing that matters to Dr. Ojougboh is his own selfish and personal interest to be Deputy National Chairman at all cost. If he is offered that position today by the party, he would not think twice to abandon Sheriff. He has no locus to speak or act on behalf of the party,” Adeyeye said.