PDP Calls On EFCC To Investigate Enugu APC Chairman Over Alleged N1.3B Fraud
The Enugu State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to urgently commence investigations on the alleged
N1.3B fraud allegation against the state’s Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ugochukwu Agballah.
According to the party, ordinarily the affairs of the APC is not of concern to them, but however Agballah has dragged the PDP into their party issues and so the PDP needs to take action.
Naija News gathered that the spokesperson of the PDP campaign organisation in the state, Barr. Nana Ogbodo said at a press briefing on Tuesday that the APC has never been a factor of election in the state.
The party’s reaction is a sequel to an allegation levelled against the state APC chairman by some of the party’s own members who protested at the APC national office in Abuja on Monday.
Naija News reported on Tuesday that the Enugu APC was thrown into crisis over an alleged controversy surrounding N1.3 billion fraud allegation.
It was gathered that some aggrieved members of the party led by the Chairman of the Concerned Members of Enugu State APC, Adolphus Ude went on a protest on Monday over the fraud allegation.
It was learnt that Ude and the other aggrieved members went to the party’s national secretariat in Abuja to protest and seek the intervention of its national officers.
The group accused the Enugu State chairman of the party, Ugochukwu Agballah and the governorship candidate, Uche Nnaji of the alleged fraud.
However, Agballah, who denied the allegation in a swift response accused the PDP of being behind the protest staged in Abuja on Monday.
The PDP in its reaction said, “Ordinarily, the Enugu State PDP should have no business with the self-confessed fraud, embezzlement and impunity going on in the Enugu State chapter of the APC, except to say that they have further exposed to the world that they have no good intentions for Enugu State.
“Besides, the APC has never been a factor in elections in Enugu State, let alone now that all the key stakeholders of the APC in Enugu have abandoned the party to Ugochukwu Agballah and his godfathers.
“If the APC was in the ICU before his controversial emergence as the State Chairman, the party has now been effectively embalmed and consigned to the mortuary by the totalitarian, greedy, and corrupt leadership of Agballah and his two godfathers.
“However, we have, as usual been dragged into a purely APC affair by the loquacious Ugcohukwu Agballah, who has claimed that the protesters were sponsored by the PDP. Of course, Agballah’s penchant for looking for scapegoats rather than face his demons is legendary.”
The PDP noted that the crisis rocking the Enugu State APC is protracted and predates the current electioneering season, Ogbodo said “Some of the issues raised by the APC protesters are self-evident.”
The Enugu PDP submitted that “For instance, we know as a fact that while George Ogara is paraded as the deputy governorship candidate and while his portrait adorns APC campaign posters and billboards, the name of Robert Ngwu is effectively in INEC records and website as the actual deputy governorship candidate of APC Enugu State. Is that not 419? Is that not fraudulent and obtaining by false pretences?
“Needless to waste our time on an attention-seeking rabble rouser, who has turned himself to a clergy without congregation.”
He called on Agballah “To go home and settle with his aggrieved party members and restitute to them whatever he has taken from them. This is not a fight between the PDP and the APC; it is squarely a fight between angry and deprived APC members and a greedy and conceited party leadership.
“In any case, if anybody deserves to be sued over this matter, it is Ugochukwu Agballah, who has defamed the Enugu PDP and its governorship candidate by dragging them into a matter that has absolutely nothing to do with them.
“We call on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to step in to investigate the weighty allegations boldly made by well-known APC party leaders against the duo of Chief Ugo Agballah and Chief Uche Nnaji.”