There were indications on Sunday that the leadership of Peoples Democratic Party in the South East had raked in about N43m from the screening of governorship aspirants in the zone.
Forty-three governorship aspirants from Imo, Abia, Enugu and Ebonyi states have so far been screened at the PDP South East zonal office in Enugu and each of them paid a mandatory N1m fee to the zonal leadership before facing the screening committee.
Our correspondent gathered that all the payments were made in cash as cheques were not accepted.
A governorship aspirant, who pleaded anonymity, confirmed to journalists that he paid N1m before he was screened.
But a source in the PDP South East zonal office said the payments were not screening fees.
The source explained that the N1m was party dues owed by the aspirants.
He said most of the aspirants had been evading payment of the party dues, a development which prompted the zonal leadership to seize the opportunity offered by the screening to collect the money.
Aspirants seeking election into the state and national assemblies were also made to pay their ‘outstanding party dues’, according to the source.