By Chuks Ekpeneru
A former Commissioner for Information in Edo State and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Prince Kassim Afegbua has insisted on his earlier petition for probe of his estranged party finances.
Afegbua, had on Monday, 26th April, submitted a Petition to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission-EFCC- and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences to probe how the PDP handled revenue generated from the 2019 elections.
The petitioner who claims to be a PDP member in Ward 5, Okpella, Edo State will be remembered for stoutly rejecting the candidacy of Governor Godwin Obaseki in the September 2020 governorship election.
He had expressed displeasure in the manner Obaseki became the party’s candidate.
He said in the petition that money generated from sales of forms for Presidential, Gubernatorial, Senatorial, House of Representatives and Houses of Assembly elections in 2019 as well as donations was mismanaged.
While the party said it realized N4.6b, Afegbua stated that N10b was realized.
In a press statement, he said that he has been inundated with several telephone calls by party chieftains, pundits and lackeys alike with a mixed grill since he submitted the petition.
He said “While majority of those callers are commending my bold resolve at ensuring transparency in the management of the finances of the Peoples’ Democratic Party-PDP-, a handful of others tried to subtly intimidate me with threats alarm.
“Let us be clear on a point, my position remains the same: I will follow through this present request to a logical conclusion to serve as a worthy caution note to those aspiring to occupy party positions.
“I did not ask the PDP to give me its concocted audited report or a balance sheet that would seem to suggest that all is well. I have simply asked the anti-graft agencies to look into the records of book-keeping with respect to the resources that have accrued, to find out if the leadership had followed standard procedure of accounting practice.
“Despite denials by the party’s publicist, I still stand on my initial figure of N10b naira being money generated from sales of forms for Presidential, Gubernatorial, Senatorial, House of Representatives and Houses of Assembly elections in 2019 as well as donations. For saying that the party realised N4.6b as opposed to N10b means that we are making progress.
“The leadership only needs to volunteer the EFCC and ICPC such information, once the investigation begins, to assist the agencies to arrive at a holistic conclusion. I am calling on the EFCC and ICPC to take judicious note on the following account numbers and companies, which were allegedly used as conduit to launder money against the run of play.”