Adibe Emenyonu in Benin City
The Edo State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Dan Orbih, has been a guest of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), over the N700 million 2015 presidential campaign funds that came to the state.
Orbih, who was said to have spent his second day in the custody of anti-graft agency, was allegedly whisked away on Monday to Port Harcourt where he is helping the commission in its investigation over the spending of the money
Two weeks ago, the coordinator of the campaign organisation of former President Goodluck Jonathan in the state, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and Mr Tony Aziegbemi, two-time member, representing Esan North-east and Esan North-west federal constituency in the state were, invited to Port Harcourt, in respect of the on going investigations on how the campaign funds were expended in the state.
It was learnt that Ize-Iyamu was said to have received the money from Fidelity Bank on behalf of the party, while Aziegbemi and a former Deputy Governor of the state, Mr Lucky Imasuen witnessed the handing over of the cash to Ize-Iyamu, who told journalists that the money was taken to the residence of a leader of the party where it was shared to party executives in the 18 Local government areas.
Orbih it was learnt, is being quizzed over the sharing of the money by the commission as gathered had allegedly ordered them to return the funds.
Confirming the arrest, a source close to the party in Benin City, who refused to be named, said Orbih’s invitation was not new as it was for him to explain his involvement where necessary.
“According to him, the chairman was invited just like others in the investigation by EFCC.”