N70million presidential campaign fund tears Bayelsa PDP apart

The dust raised by the N70 million presidential campaign funds released by the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, to the Bayelsa chapter of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party is yet to settle even as the chairman of the party in the state, Sam Inokoba, has dismissed moves to probe and unseat him.

Mr. Inokoba allegedly received the N70 million from Mrs. Alison-Madueke but declared N30 million to the state executives of the party.

The party in the state descended into crisis after Mrs. Alison-Madueke reportedly informed party leaders during the PDP’s presidential rally in the state that she advanced N70 million to the party for the rally.

Mr. Inokoba was embarrassed and became uneasy when he was confronted, party insiders said.

Members of the Bayelsa State Executives of the PDP have since set up a panel to probe the chairman on the allegation of diverting N40 million out of the N70 million earmarked for President Goodluck Jonathan’s rally in Bayelsa.

The state Publicity Secretary of the party , Osom Macbre, confirmed that the party’s State Working Committee had set up a panel to probe the chairman.

PREMIUM TIMES gathered that the panel hurriedly met and suspended the chairman while the search for a replacement has since begun.

Mr. Inokoba shunned the invitation of the state working committee to respond to the allegations, party insiders said.

He maintained that he disbursed the funds in compliance with the wishes of the donor and was not guilty of diverting party funds as alleged.

He further argued that the State Working Committee of the PDP lacked the powers to discipline him.

In a statement reacting to his reported suspension, Mr. Inokoba said the move violated Section 10 subsection 7 of PDP’s amended constitution which vested such powers on the national leadership of the party.

He described the reports of his suspension as “rumour and unconstitutional”.
Mr. Inokoba did not answer or return calls made to him Thursday night seeking comments.


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  • amazing2012

    Open corruption and stealing of public funds to finance PDP. Together we March for change, March4buhari !

  • Jack

    Abuja-Nkalagu-Otueke..Bye Bye ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! Lol

  • Che Guevara

    Where did this woman get the money from? Was it an official or private transaction. GEJ and his cronies have finished Nigeria. We demand change come March 28th. This rape and plunder must stop.

    • Benny born

      do not trust media

    • Tunsj

      The money is part of the $20 billion that is still missing.

    • debbeljo

      Is this your money? Do you have oil in your village? Niger-Delta money spend by Niger-Delta woman on Niger-Delta soil. What is your business?

      • Trutalk

        Yes if a public official has 70M naira to disburse for campaign id like to know where the money came from. This is exactly why the country is a mess because people like u don’t want to ask hard questions. The sad thing is the money is probably money that should be used to improve the road in front of your house in your village but nope it’s used for election. The country will never develop when people like u shut down people who ask perfectly legitimate valid questions and choose not to b ignorant and let “leaders” do as they please.

      • Man_Enough

        is this Niger delta in Nigeria or in Tanganyika?

  • Jaja

    It seems that is where the 20 billion NNPC dollars has gone. Madam Diezani Alison Madueke has only “returned” part of our 20 billion dollars NNPC fund to her man-Goodluck Jonathan!!! I beg let us use “Forensic” to “trace” the “source” of the 70 million Naira too!!!

    • Oweja

      Wetin you dey talk now??? Money lost for inside city, you say make dem enter forest go dey look for am! You don forget say na so those experts enter forest dey look for NNPC missing money. You forget say before dem waka enter township, the big money wey lost don reduce to tatshere change. Make dem call the man, ask am korokoro for the money. Which kain forensic???

      • Man_Enough

        whimsical!

  • tyson

    The same old janjaweed story—-nonetheless——-I have said it severally that those who will kill Jonathan are his ijaw brothers in baylesa state–no day passes without one hearing one piece of dead news or the other from that state–if its not dickson–urging the first lady not to visit—-it must be Sylva———if not sylva–then it must be senator Baboon and dog—its poverty that is troubling most of them——in that state——-70m is the kind of money that one single individual in APC will cough out for the party.–not in that poverty stricken oil revenue oozing environment–of ours—in the niger delta—-what a shame

  • Nedling

    Thieves, they will soon steal themselves.

    • WeepNot

      I weep for Nigeria…..honestly! The rot that pervades the polity under clueless Jonathan is unimaginable. Even more depressing seeing some dregs defending an indefensible govt.

      • Nedling

        Nawa ooo for what is happening in Nigeria.

    • Akin

      My friend, the day of reckoning is near. Not long to go before Jona is booted out of office. Tam David-west has already promised the Otuoke clown some shoes should he require some to board last train home.

      • Nedling

        Lol…

    • Oweja

      Forget!!! Na dia oyel money. Sometimes, thif people sef dey sabi law o! You no see as im dey quote law! “Section 10 subsection 7 …”. Choi! Money don waka!!!

      • Nedling

        Lol…

    • Kitunde

      Lol….Funny, but true.

      • Nedling

        Yes bros!

  • Ani Arinzona

    Jonathan is the best!

  • Incorruptible Buhari

    In an interview with Kadaria Ahmed aired in July 2013, the firebrand
    pastor cum politician was queried as to whether his refusal to step down
    contributed to the breakdown of the proposed merger between CPC and ACN
    prior to the 2011 elections.

    “It was not stepping down that was the issue,” Bakare responded. “It was
    resigning on paper with my signature, to sign as Vice President of
    Nigeria. I said, ‘No, I can’t do that. I can resign as Tunde Bakare, a
    candidate, but I cannot resign as Vice President, an office I have not
    occupied.’ That is illegal.”

    “Are you saying they were willing to allow your name to go forward in
    the polls and then they expected that once you’d won the election, you
    would resign as Vice President?” queried Ahmed in the pilot edition of
    her show ‘Straight Talk With Kadaria’ currently airing on Channels
    Television.

    “That is what they were asking for,” Bakare admitted. “But I was not
    ready to commit perjury, to sign an office I have not occupied.”

    Clearly perplexed, Kadaria questioned as to why Bakare still chose to
    support a party that intentionally instructed him to be involved in
    perjury, adding that his position as a pastor puts him on an even higher
    moral pedestal in the eyes of the public.

  • Lemmuel Odjay

    Hearts calloused they even steal from each other. Do they have any preoccupation other than stealing and sharing our commonwealth among themselves? CHANGE!

  • Kunle

    Where did this woman get all these monies from? Was it not only a few months ago that Emir Sanusi was telling us that NNPC did not remit more than $49 billion to the federation account. Mumu Jonathan did nothing because it seems PDP looted the treasuries to build their mansions and use some money for militants to cause chaos and havoc during the elections. Unfortunately, Nigerian army and police can only harass the opposition party, the APC but cannot inverstigate and prosecute the crimes of these PDP corrupters and profiteers..

    • Onike24

      She is two men sleeping together! According to her co President; Awon ole olosha Jatijati

  • arinze uba

    Why in any situation you call PDP and GEJonathan? Allow our president to be. No body will stop his good work and his plan to transform this country,he is the chosen one. In GEJ we trus,let’s support him.

    • bib

      He is the chosen one to lead the pack of thieves to prisons when GMB takes over on May 29th!

  • Ette

    May God continue to disgrace them in all their wicked schemes. May all the money they have stolen from Nigerians fail them. Let Nigerians take their money whenever they are given and vote thei thieves out completely.

  • Dan Arewa

    I thought ‘Barawo’ only comes from north.

  • Onike24

    One person pockets about 40 million Naira, in a State where people are dying from Cholera epidemic? Chai dariss God oh!

  • Azeez Abiodun

    See life, 30 million naira surfaced from the $20bn stolen. wow, I need to work on my political career.