The in-coming National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, has described the report of his planned probe of past leaders of the party as hearsay. Ayu was reported to have told journalists at the presentation of a communiqué on a retreat organised by the party: “By the time we come to office, accountability will remain our watch word and I want to assure all of you that we will run the PDP administration as transparently as possible.” “The outgoing NWC has set up different committees to look into different areas; we shall take up all the reports, review them, look at the facts and then attend to each issue according to the facts available to us.
But in a statement by his media office, the former President of the Senate said he works with facts, adding that he has not seen the books of the party or received any handover notes, and so cannot make any authoritative comment on any allegations. According to him, until he sees the books, he won’t talk of probing anybody, and called on the general public to ignore any reports to the contrary. Former PDP National Chairman Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo, had in a paper he delivered at the retreat, said the N11 billion in fixed deposit and N800 million in current accounts, he left in the coffers of the party when he left office were not accounted for. Nwodo handed over to his deputy Dr Haliru Bello Mohammed who later handed over to National Secretary Alhaji Kawu Baraje, when he was appointed minister by Goodluck Jonathan