**** We Are Not Broke – PDP
***We Have Been Paid January Salary – PDP Staff
Indications have emerged that the Makarfi-led faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is financially insolvent and almost going bankrupt as the party is said to have defaulted in its obligations in recent times.
Sources within the party claim that the faction has been unable to pay the salaries of staff of the Party in the last three months as well as several contractors being owned various sums of money.
According to the party source, even the party’s policy Institute the Peoples Democratic Institute (PDI), which has remained opened in-spite of the leadership crisis, was almost closed due to non-payment of statutory bills to the FCT Administration. The Institute was also said to be owing arrears of rent on its premises.
But the national publicity secretary of PDP under the leadership of Makarfi, Prince Dayo Adeyeye said that those claims are false, adding that the party is not broke and has been meeting its financial obligations despite their electoral misfortune of 2015.
Similarly, the staff of the party have not received salary for three months is a blatant lie, revealing that 70 per cent of their members got salary alerts for January 2017 as at yesterday.
Following PDP’s the disastrous outing at 2015 general elections, the financial fortunes of the party had dwindled.
But the source said “it will be recalled that at the expiration of the last National Working Committee (NWC) the PDP was said to have about N350 million left out of the supposedly N13 billion the Party had in its accounts at the time former President Goodluck Jonathan was leaving the Presidency in 2015.
“The financial status of the party has been nose diving dangerously, creating uneasy calm among party faithful and staff. Although Party Leaders are wary of his intentions, sources close to the Party indicated that the factional Leader of the Party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff had offered to bail out both the party’s policy Institute, the PDI and the Caretaker Committee of outstanding debts.
According to party source “the monthly salary Bill of the Party is N18M which they have been unable to pay since July last year. It was argued that this may continue until the governors and the chairman of the caretaker resolve their differences.
“In the meantime, some All Progressives Congress (APC) Leaders have been mandated to explore all means to woo key staff of the Party to join their ranks as part of the strategy to further weaken the leading Opposition Party.”
The source further claimed that the Sen Makarfi was not in good terms with most of the State Governors elected on the platform of the PDP.
The source maintained that the election of Governor Ayo Fayose as the Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum which enjoyed the tacit support of Senator Makarfi was seen as a last ditch attempt by the Chairman (Makarfi) to bolster his control of the party.
Reacting however, the national publicity secretary of PDP, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, described the claims that their party is insolvent as completely false.
He said even though the party has lost some governorship seats as well as legislative positions at federal and state levels, the party has not defaulted in the payment of its workers salaries and other bills.
The party spokesman also dismissed claims that the chairman of the caretaker committee is having a poor relationship with the governors.
He said “we have paid staff salaries. Of course because of the electoral tragedy, our finances were affected. We had 27 states in the past and now we have about eight states and will be seven in a few months time. But we are very solvent and not broke. We have keep to payment of salaries and other bills. As for the PDI, never at any time has it been closed or threatened to be closed.”
On the relationship between Makarfi and the governors he said “it is completely false that Sen Makarfi has a sour relationship with the governors, he has always enjoyed wonderful understanding with the governors being one himself before. You could see the wonderful understanding he enjoyed with them when Governor Ayo Fayose was made governors forum chairman. So I can tell you he has an excellent relationship with the governors.”
When contacted also, the Secretary of the PDP Staff Welfare Association, Dan Ochubaiye, described claims that PDP staff are owed three months salary as a blatant lie from the pit of hell.
He further revealed that 70 percent of staff have received salary alerts as at Friday.
The Secretary of the association said “That is a blatant lie from the pit of hell. I shouldn’t be telling you this but as at today (Friday) 70 per cent of PDP staff have gotten their alert of salary payment for January this year.
“I know that Sheriff had said he wants to pay a certain backlog of four months but that shows you how uniformed he is about the situation in the party.
“As I speak with you 70 percent of our staff have received their salary alert for January and those who have not received would be due to the bank they use. So again that information is a blatant lie.”