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South-East PDP rakes in N43m from gov aspirants

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There were indications on Sunday that the
leadership of Peoples Democratic Party in the
South East had raked in about N43m from the
screening of governorship aspirants in the zone.
Forty-three governorship aspirants from Imo,
Abia, Enugu and Ebonyi states have so far been
screened at the PDP South East zonal office in
Enugu and each of them paid a mandatory
N1m fee to the zonal leadership before facing
the screening committee.
Our correspondent gathered that all the
payments were made in cash as cheques were
not accepted.
A governorship aspirant, who pleaded
anonymity, confirmed to journalists that he
paid N1m before he was screened.
But a source in the PDP South East zonal office
said the payments were not screening fees.
The source explained that the N1m was party
dues owed by the aspirants.
He said most of the aspirants had been
evading payment of the party dues, a
development which prompted the zonal
leadership to seize the opportunity offered by
the screening to collect the money.
Aspirants seeking election into the state and
national assemblies were also made to pay
their ‘outstanding party dues’, according to the
source.
However, it appeared that the dues are not
uniform, as our correspondent gathered that
House of Assembly aspirants paid N150,000,
also in cash, before they were screened.
Some of the aspirants had complained bitterly
over the development, claiming it was illegal.
The screening is expected to end on Monday.

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