The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr Iyorchia Ayu, has said that he will declare the party’s income and expenditure amid growing accusations of financial recklessness.
He said, already, the financial unit of the party has been directed to compile all account statements of the party since his assumption of office for onward presentation before the National Working Committee of the party.
The Chairman said in a statement on Friday signed by Simon Imobo-Tswam, Special Adviser to the National Chairman on media and communications.
Ayu said the PDP’s financial records will be made public in December during the first-year anniversary of the present NWC.
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It was his first reaction to charges against him in the media of bribery and illegal payments to members of the party’s National Working Members (NWC).
Ayu said, “although he has many faults as a human being, stealing was not one of them, adding that the present NWC is being guided by the principles of transparency and accountability.
“The PDP was not founded to be in opposition. We founded the party to access power and develop the country. And my historic task is to return the party to power. I won’t be Chairman forever. For now, my preoccupation is to return the Party to power. I did not come to steal. My public service record is there.
“I have been a leader of the National Assembly. I have been a minister many times. As a person, I have many faults, but stealing is not one of them. I am conscious of my place in history, and the NWC that I lead is guided by the twin principles of transparency and accountability.
“You may be reading many things and expecting my reaction. If we don’t always talk, it is because we want to maintain and build cohesion in the party. We don’t want continuous altercations in the PDP Family. Our eyes are on the big picture i.e. winning the 2023 general elections.”