National chairman-elect of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Senator Iyorchia Ayu has pledged his readiness to diversify funding options for the party, to make it self-reliant in the running of its affairs.
Ayu stated this in his Abuja residence yesterday while playing host to a handful of journalists in his first media parley since his election last week.
The former Senate President dismissed claims in some quarters that the PDP has been solely funded by its governors over the years, adding that when the party was formed in 1998, it had no governors until much later.
He said: “We will diversify our funding. It is something we are going to discuss as a party. We will look into it and hopefully, will come out with ways of strengthening the funding of our activities. So, rest assured that the PDP will not only be democratic in its politics but will also be democratic in its funding processes.
When we formed the PDP, there were no governors. In 1998, there were no governors. There were so many financiers of the party. The people who formed the party contributed to stabilizing the party. We didn’t have governors. The governors came after the party was formed and many of the people who became governors had no money to run the party. Contributions were made.