*House of Assembly Apsirants = N100,000
*Incumbent House Of Representative=500,00
* Aspiring Senators=N1m
*Aspiring Governors= N1m
Peter Obi, former Anambra governor, has reacted angrily over the Umaji-led South East PDP zonal structure over high levies placed upon new apsirants seeking elective post on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
In an unprecedented move, the party in the South East zone had asked the aspirants to pay different amounts of money ranging from N200, 000 to N2 million per aspirant in order to renovate its newly rented office at Independence Layout Enugu. A move which has left the aspirants in the South East zonal structure of the Peoples Democratic party, PDP, seething with anger over what they described as exploitation by the zonal office in their bid to secure the party’s mandate.
But Umahi stated, “We are not task masters. To put the record straight, expanded zonal executive held a meeting in her zonal office Enugu and passed a resolution on agreed amount to be contributed by every aspirant and incumbent to run the party in the zone. “It was overwhelmingly agreed and approved with a voice vote. PDP is a party of due process, rule of law and all inclusive and therefore, no single individual has that right to tax aspirants. “Party administration and logistics are not run with sand but money to meet up all her daily financia lobligations.”
However findings reveal that the South East PDP zone is capitalising on the opportunity to levy the new aspirants with hefty sums to repair their zonal office complex in Enugu.
The levy for incumbent House of Assembly members was pegged at N200, 000 while new aspirants will pay N100, 000. The incumbent House of Representatives members were levied N1 million each and the new aspirants N500,000. Incumbent senators were asked to pay N2 million and aspirants N1 million, while incumbent governers will N5 million and governorship aspirants N1 million each.
This led Peter Obi, a former governor of Anambra State to voice his criticism of the levies; He further stated that they did not tolerate such levy for Aspirants at Anambra State. He finally recommended that it should be waived for new aspirants,” one of the aspirants said.