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Group alleges Gov. Okowa offers $3m bribe to lobby for PDP VP slot

A civil society group, the Delta Central for Integrity and Good Governance (DCIGG) has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate the alleged payment of $3million bribe by the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State allegedly to lobby for the Vice President slot of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the 2023 general elections.

The group alleged $3 million was paid to intensify the lobbying of senior PDP officials including the PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu and Gen. Aliyu Gusau (rtd).

The group alleged that the Delta Governor paid $1 million to the PDP National Chairman, and $2 million to Gen. Gusau.

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The money, the group claimed, was meant to influence key decision makers whom Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the party’s flag bearer and his team may likely consult before arriving at a concrete and acceptable person.

It was gathered that while the PDP chairman, Dr. Ayu was supposed to use part of the $1 million to lobby members of the inner circle of the National Working Committee, while Gen. Gusau was expected to use part of the $2 million to lobby Northern elders.

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The group, in a statement signed by Comrade Stanley Oshiovorie, therefore, called on the EFCC to save the people of Delta State and recover the $3 million being shared among PDP leaders in the name of allocating VP slot to the Delta State Governor.

The group said, “It is the Delta people’s money and it must be recovered. Instead of using our state money for development, they are using it for the highest bidder.”