Ayu replies Wike, denies collecting N1bn bribe

On Friday, Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers State, accused the national chairman of the People's Democratic Party, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, of accepting a N1 billion bribe from an unnamed presidential candidate.

Ayu, who is answering Wike's claims in the open for the first time, claimed that the governor's reference to the money was merely a proposal.

He said that the N1 billion represented a proposed bank loan. The loan proposal, he continued, was made to guarantee the party had financial stability, but the PDP leadership ultimately abandoned the plan after appropriate talks.

Ayu was charged by Wike with stealing N1 billion from a presidential candidate. Wike charged Ayu with soliciting N100 million from a PDP governor and N100 million from the PDP for the same project earlier today, read here.

Speaking to reporters on Friday following the party's Board of Trustees meeting, Ayu said he had never received N1 billion from anyone.

"I want to make it clear that at no time did I, as the National Chairman of the party, collect any N1bn from anybody. 

"When we came in and the party was having funding difficulties, the presidential candidate suggested that we should take a loan from the bank and the owner of that bank is a member of the party, he has even left the party.

"The party never took any loan from anybody. Any money advanced to the party was declared before the NWC and handed over to the National Treasurer. All our accounts are up to date and we promised to publish the accounts at the end of the year."

He added, "On today’s (Wike) allegations (N100 million), I fully briefed the BoT that one of our governors made a contribution of 100 million for the revival of the PDI which was housed in a portacabin and I explained to them that we hired an appropriate place in Asokoro, we have furnished it, renovated it.

"Three days later we went there, inspected it and the NWC decided that before commissioning we should invite the governor in question to come and inspect what we have done with his contribution.

"I am happy that the National Secretary of the party has since written a letter to that governor. I or the NWC never took any money to carry out that renovation in fact, we have not even exhausted that N100 million given by one of the governors."

Continuing, Ayu said, "The consistent attack on my person since the end of the convention on the 31st of May. I have refrained from reacting as the father of the party I felt I should encourage reconciliation.

"But where it touches on my personal integrity or even my family members are brought into play I appeal to such people to desist from trying to malign my character or bringing my family into party affairs."


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