- The planned reduction of PDP's staff strength over paucity of fund has irked the party's staff
- The PDP leadership had told the staff that more people could be engaged as ad-hoc staff during the electioneering era
- It also told the workers that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is not more than 45 staff
The chairman of Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) staff and Peoples Democratic Institute (PDI) staff welfare committee, Mr. Innocent Nwankwo, has dismissed the reasons given for the planned reduction of PDP's staff strength over paucity of fund.
Nwankwo stated that a political party with 16 state governors and for 40 senators, as well as 131 and 390 members of the House of Representatives and state assembly members respectively, should be able to maintain its workforce.
He declared that the “the fortunes of the party has not nosedived as reported because as at today the party can of boast of 15 governors, 44 senators, 131 House of Representatives and 390 state assembly members.”
He also stated that the total staff strength of both PDP and PDI is 96 in number, contrary to the earlier reported figure of 120 in number.
“The monthly wage bill of establishment staff (PDP/PDI) put together is about N15 million, contrary to the earlier reported N65 million Naira per month,” he added.
He clarified that the PDI, which is the research arm of the PDP, has always been in the payroll of the party since its inception till date contrary to reports that it was merged thereby over blotting the staff strength of the party since 2016.
He also pointed out that the report of the committee set up to rationalize the workforce of the PDP has not been received and discussed by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party.
The PDP leadership had told the staff that more people could be engaged as ad-hoc staff during the electioneering era.
It also told the workers that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is not more than 45 staff.
Meanwhile, there are reports that all may not be well in the camp of the PDP governorship candidate in Kogi state, following an impending mass defection from the opposition party.
It is said that the dust raised by the primary election that produced Engr Musa Wada is yet to settle as more PDP chieftains in the state have expressed their willingness to either defect to the opposition APC or stay within PDP and work against the party.
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