A pioneer Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, Chief Emma Ejiofor, has made a shocking revelation about the source of funding of the party at inception in 1998.
According to Ejiofor, who recently defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC), Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State and himself contributed the first N10 million with which the founding National Chairman of the PDP, Chief Solomon Lar, took off.
He made the disclosure while speaking on his reasons for leaving the PDP, Vanguard reported.
Okorocha is the Chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum (PGF), the umbrella body of APC governors in the country.
Ejiofor said he left the PDP because it does not reward loyalty, adding that it was a “painful” decision for him to take as a founding member.
He said, “I am taking what people termed to be hard decision which is dropping my membership of PDP and taking a progressive step of associating with APC. I funded PDP from birth till this moment.
“When we formed PDP, it was with great minds of progressive ideas but what we are seeing is a clear deviation from those progressive ideas. Most of the founders have left the party because our expectations are not being met.
“PDP has become a clique of wicked people who don’t reward loyalty, the reward system in PDP is very bad. A situation where if you are given a position today, you become a leader, the contributions of others are not recognized is a bad reward system.
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“When we formed PDP, what we did was that the party should be stronger than an individual but what you are seeing today is individuals pocketing the party to an extent that very soon they will change name to South-South PDP because it is going regional.
“It is painful that I am leaving a house that I assisted in building that even the ‘boys’ who are billionaires today never contributed to build. It took long for me to make this move because of my contributions to the party.”
Ejiofor said a group known as the GDM has taken over the party machinery in Delta State.
He said, “From 1998 till this moment, I have been involved in everything that has happened in PDP. The mind now is to rescue Delta. People that formed PDP in this state like Prof. Oyovbaire were never recognized because it was a clique called GDM.
“It was of recent that Oyovbaire was recognized and appointed into government. If you watch closely, if you are not a member of that GDM, you will not be anything in this state. So for us to move, a system has to come to down for another system to emerge.
“I was not a member of the GDM, I was of the UNCP stock. UNCP was a larger stock and I was a governorship aspirant of UNCP. You listen when Uduaghan spoke, he said there is the Ibori dynasty and the PDP dynasty, I belonged to the PDP dynasty.”