Senator Abdullahi Adamu-led National Working Committee (NWC) has been under serious attack following the non-compliance with the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari to refund nomination fees to aspirants who stepped down during the All Progressives Congress (APC) March 26 consensus National Convention.
President Buhari had earlier made a promise in a meeting to refund the nomination fees of about eight national chairmanship aspirants in a bid for them to step down for a consensus candidate which they did.
But four months down the line, the leadership of the party led by the National Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu is yet to comply with the president’s order even after the party had raked in over N700 million from about 170 persons.
Nation has reported that each aspirant for party offices paid between N20 and N2.5 million for the expression of interest and nomination forms, depending on the office contested for, while over N3 billion was also generated from members who purchased the expression of interest and nomination forms to contest for tickets ahead of the 2023 general elections.
It was however, revealed that the party is still owing salaries and allowances to members engaged as ad hoc to conduct the congresses from the Ward level to the National Convention.
Report also has it that the party has failed in the payment of staff salary despite the huge receipts of funds from sales of the expression of interest and nomination forms.
The affected party members have complained about the non-compliance with the presidential directive while workers expressed anger of being paid their June salary mid July, only to receive their July pay last Friday, as against payment on the 25th of every month.