Friday, 22 June 2012

Nigeria: PDP embarrassment over INEC 'bribe'

With gubernatorial elections in Edo State just around the corner, reports suggest that the State PDP has set aside the sum of N13.1 million to 'host' the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) during its audit of PDP accounts for 2011. This obviously raises red flags and potential conflict of interest issues. Apparently, the National Auditor of the party, Bode Mustapha, had written an internal memo to the chairman of the party, Bamanga Tukur, asking him to approve the sum of N13.1 million for the hosting of the INEC auditors.

In a swift response issued by its Chief Press Secretary Kayode Idowu, INEC has stated that it is dissociating itself from such a gesture and that INEC will not allow itself to be used as a clearing house for party funds. According to the statement: “If anybody for whatever reason is looking for a head to tie an expenditure proposal that is within the PDP which has nothing to do with INEC, such person should look for other means. INEC will not allow its name to be dragged into the mud by any individual or organisation, as INEC will remain an unbiased umpire”.

It has also been revealed that Habu Fari, the recently dismissed Chief of Staff to the PDP National Chairman, had raised an objection to the N13.1 million expenditure, asking that the National Auditor provide a breakdown of expenses for what he deemed an outrageous sum. It had previously been reported that Fari had been dismissed because of a disagreement in the national secretariat of the party regarding Fari's overbearing attitude, which apparently incurred the ire of the PDP National Secretary Olagunsoye Oyinlola and other members of the National Executive Council.

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