The crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party may have worsened with some members of the National Working Committee writing the national chairman of the party, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, and informing him of their decision to return the housing allowance paid into their accounts from the party’s coffers.

The development came a few days after a media report claimed that members of the PDP NWC were miffed over alleged depletion of the N10bn the party made from the sale of nomination forms.

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, had also accused Ayu of collecting the sum of N1bn from an unnamed presidential candidate in Lagos.

The report had claimed that Ayu in a bid to pacify the NWC members paid the sum of N28m to each of the members.

A member of the PDP NWC told The PUNCH how some of them got the funds.

“You know that because of criminal elements in the land, some of us did not activate our mobile phone bank alerts. When one unfortunately falls into the hands of these criminals, the first thing they do is to check your bank account. They will demand twice what they find there as a condition to release you.

“So, I encouraged my fellow NWC members to visit their various banks to activate the alert notification on their phones. That is how we discovered the monies in our accounts,” he claimed.

He also claimed that that the national chairman did not inform the NWC members about the funds paid into their accounts until it was reported in the media.

He gave a breakdown of how the money was paid into NWC members’ account.

“A Deputy National Chairman got N36m, another one got N36m too. Another top NWC member got N36m. The rest of us got N28m each. We are 19 in all.”

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