XCLUSIVE – Nwaoboshi Pays Up! Duped Councillor Gets N1m Back from ex-PDP Chairman
Barely two weeks after he publicly denied that he did not collect money from aspirants contesting for various positions in the State, the former Delta State chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), currently the PDP Delta North Senatorial Candidate, Barr. Peter Nwaoboshi has secretly paid back one of the aggrieved local government councillor contestants, who were deceived into parting with scarce and borrowed funds to pick party nominations forms and for ‘kola’.
Xclusive Magazine gathered that Nwaoboshi’s grand design is to woo back to PDP the aggrieved Councillors, who had earlier in the run up to Saturday’s Presidential and Senatorial elections, decamped in droves to support the Accord Party Delta North Senatorial Candidate Rt Hon Victor Ochei. And being a man adept at playing politics of divide and rule, Nwaoboshi is hand-picking who to settle and who to leave out in making these refunds. We gathered that already one Emeni Samuel, from ward 10 Obiarukwu, has secretly been paid back N1m and made Nwaoboshi’s campaign coordinator.
“For Nwaoboshi, paying money back is all about the readiness of the aggrieved councillors to return to PDP, but more important, about getting the assurance from them that they will vote for him,” revealed a source in the inner caucus of Equity 2015, as Nwaoboshi’s campaign team is called.
At a town hall meeting at Ukwauni Local Government Area of Delta two weeks ago, Nwaoboshi had made a public claim that he did not receive any money from aspirants contesting for various positions in the State, and that the allegation was only meant to damage his reputation.
“I have no reason to collect money from aspirants, I don’t even know any of the aspirants who emerged or who didn’t emerge. The truth is that I don’t even know my ward councillors, I am innocent of all the allegations as all the candidates who finally emerged were as a result of the people’s choice, community and local government leadership inputs,” he said.
Nwaoboshi had gone as far as even challenging anyone who claimed that he swindled them to come forward and stake their claim with documented proof.
Apparently, when Nwaoboshi was making this call he did not envisage there was going to be this massive backlash. Xclusive Magazine reliably gathered that barely 24 hours after his public denial, Nwaoboshi was besieged by the aggrieved Councillors with text messages and phone calls, and demanding that Nwaoboshi should make himself available for them to tender their payment receipts before him and get their refunds.
Xclusive Magazine obtained receipts of different payments made by one Henry E. Abakoni, showing that each aspirant coughed out nearly N1.5million. Among those swindled of their money and are yet to be paid back are: Festus Chegwe, Chuks Okuologu, Henry E. Abadoni, Nwabueze Kingsley, Esumike Friday, Emeke Otutu, Kenneth Okpue, Ekeruche Eric, Ubanatu Sylvester, Akinima Kizito, Osogue Happy, Onyuku Kerous and Ugbome Ikechukwu. They are still crying out to Nwaoboshi to refund their money.
“We are the people that were duped by Nwaboushi. Nwaboushi is the Delta State PDP party ex-chairman who sold form for us for N300k and demanded for N100k party due without given us a playground for primary but to select some people for the offices. We all have organised ourselves as the PDP aggrieved the councillors to endorse Rt Hon Victor ochei for delta north senatorial district,” said Henry E. Abadoni.
Tomorrow, Saturday, 28 March 2015, the people of Delta North will go to the polls to choose between Nwaoboshi and Engr Victor Ochei as their Senator, and from what we have gathered from opinion poll, it is looking very much Ochei landslide victory. It therefore means that in a few days’ time, Nwaoboshi would look back and wonder where the rain began to beat him. He would also look back at his time as the State PDP chairman with regrets, wishing he had been less arrogant, fair to all and, in particular, had given every councillor and chairmanship aspirant equal opportunity rather than picking and choosing and bullying people against the popular will.