Delta APC suspends State Secretary for collecting N.6m from Okowa as Xmas gift

….As secretary fingers state chairman in the deal



By Onitsha Shedrack, ——— January 5th, 2017 ——————–



The State Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Delta State chapter, Comrade Chidi Okonji was yesterday suspended for allegedly collecting N600, 000 as a purported grant from the state government without the consent of the party.


Explaining the reason for his suspension, the deputy state chairman of the APC, Chief Cyril Ogodo who spoke to one of our correspondent stated that the decision to suspend the party state secretary was taken on Wednesday during a meeting of the State Working Committee at the party’s state secretariat, Asaba.


According to Ogodo, “the SEC at the end of the meeting resolved that the state secretary of the party, Comrade Chidi Okonji is here suspended from office indefinitely pending the report of a five-man disciplinary committee setup to investigate his anti-party activities in accordance with provision 21 of the party’s constitution.”


“The allegations against him bother on criminal, forgery, fraudulent conversion, and connivance with the Delta State government where he unitarily collected the sum of N600, 000 as purported grant from the state government without the knowledge of the hierarchy of the party.


“This action became necessary as the party would not condone criminal activity within its fold which is capable of bringing the party to dispute and public opprobrium. The APC Delta State will not, cannot and would never collect any money from the failed Okowa led PDP government in Delta State.”


Chief Ogodo while criticizing the state government over its poor governance and underperformance stated that: “A government that could not pay workers salary for over 10months inspite of the bailout founds given to it by the APC led federal government? Could not revamp the existing but decayed infrastructures in the state let alone build new ones? That has illegally reduced the salaries of workers by over 50 percent without records to their economic wellbeing? A government that has unconstitutionally sacked over 600 civil servants on flimsy excuse that they were not employed through due process?


“The PDP led government for the sustenance of their evil machineries, decided to employ the services of our suspended secretary, Comrade Chidi Okonji and others whose identity would soon be unraveled to undermine our party and they will be dealt with soon.”


However, Okonji while reacting to his suspension accused the state party chairman, Prophet Jones Eruh for allegedly withdrawing monies illegally from the party’s account for his personal use.


According to the embattled state scribe of APC “The meeting was an illegal meeting. The chairman is expected to call a State Executive Working Committee meeting before such decisions are made and they were not up to 11 persons in attendance at that meeting.


“Besides, the directive for the collection of that money which is N500, 000 was given to me by the state chairman. He was part and parcel of that money and specifically told me that the money was meant for interparty from the national fund for political parties and it’s our entitlement,”

So, if they want to probe me, they should also invite the state chairman, because out of the N500,000 which I collected, I gave him N250,000 and it will be out of place to single me out for persecution,” he added.



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