Yobe State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is currently enmeshed in crisis over various sums of money totalling N400 million sent to it by the national leadership of the party in respect to the forthcoming general elections.
Candidates of the party from the state, our correspondent learnt, have complained to the PDP national leadership that while other state chapters of the party have disbursed various sums to support their candidates in the forthcoming elections, those of them from Yobe are yet to receive any form of financial assistance either from the presidency or national headquarters of the party.
The complaint, it was learnt, prompted the national leadership of the party to call for a meeting to ascertain what had happened to the various sums it disbursed to the state chapter of the party in the state.
The candidates, it was further gathered, raised the matter with the national leadership of the party at the meeting, which held at the Legacy House presided over by the chairman of the Board of Trustees (BOT) of the party, Chief Tony Anenih, where a House of Representatives candidate from the party raised the issue demanding explanations over how about N400 million said to have been sent to the state wing of the party developed wings without reaching any of the candidates.
Sources at the meeting said the BOT chairman was told that the money, which came in three instalments, was given to the PDP gubernatorial candidate in the state, Adamu Maina Waziri, for onward disbursement to other candidates to achieve the door-to-door campaign for the candidates of the party as well as for logistics for the presidential campaigns to hold in the state but which was twice rescheduled.
Minister of special duties, Tanimu Turaki who was at the meeting, sources revealed, blamed the minister of state for science and technology, Abdul Bulama, for not taking charge of the funds, saying as the highest political office holder from the party in the state, he is the leader of the party and should not have allowed others to take charge of funds meant for the party.
The PDP governorship candidate, when contacted confirmed the meeting but said no such issue came up.
He said he would respond if our correspondent gets in touch with Anenih to confirm that the issue was raised at the meeting.
But various sources at the meeting who craved anonymity confirmed to our correspondent that the meeting held and that the issue came up.
One told our correspondent that only N30 million of the money, which was said to have been given to one of the leaders of the party, was accounted for, while the rest could not be explained.