18 June 2012

Nigeria: PDP to Host INEC Auditors With N13 Million

Abuja — THE National leadership of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is set to spend N13,100,000 million in hosting auditors from Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

The auditors, according to a memo from the National Auditor of the party, Chief Bode Mustapha, to the National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, are to audit the account of PDP party for the 2011 financial year.

Vanguard gathered that the leadership of PDP has also approved the production of 772 portraits of Tukur and its National Secretary, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola.

PDP's National Director of Administration, Alhaji Gurama Bawa to Oyinlola, in a memo dated April 27 and entitled Approval for the production of official portraits of National Chairman and the National Secretary, stated the need for the auditing and portraits, following the election and assumption of duties by the newly-elected members of the National Working Committee of the party.

, it has become necessary, being the tradition, to produce the portraits of the new National Chairman and the new National Secretary of the party.

"It has been estimated that we need, for each of the two national officers, 386 portraits, thereby giving the total of 772 portraits."

The request has been approved by both Tukur and Oyinlola.

On the N13,100,000 estimate to host auditors from INEC, Mustapha demanded the amount in his internal memo dated May 14, to the National Chairman, entitled Hosting of INEC auditors for auditing of PDP account for the year ended 2011.

Mustapha said in the memo: "The National Chairman is to note that INEC will soon appoint an audit firm as external auditor for the purpose of auditing the account of Peoples Democratic Party.

"The audit unit of the party will host the INEC auditors during the duration of the audit exercise. Your Excellency is, therefore, invited to approve the sum of N13,100,000 for the purpose. Submitted for your approval, please."

Former Chief of Staff's objection

What caused the delay, as gathered, was that the sacked Chief of Staff to the National Chairman, Habu Fari, had requested that the memo be scrutinised before approval was given.

Fari, in his memo, replied thus: "You may kindly invite the National Auditor to shed more light on what he wants to expend N13,100,000 on.

"Let him explain the details for guidance and financial discipline, otherwise this request is outrageous for the purpose of hosting INEC auditors."

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