Abuja DISCo disconnects APC Secretariat over N1.2m Debt

Abuja Electricity Distribution company has disconnected power supply to the National Headquarters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) over its inability to settle a N1.2million debt.

The secretariat is on Blantyre Street, Wuse 11 Abuja.

It was learnt on Monday that the AEDC is seeking a balance of N1.2million after the party paid about N500,000 out of the outstanding N1.7m debt accumulated over time.

A copy of the receipt of payment of the N500,000 pasted at the entrance of the party secretariat indicated that the payment was made on October 24, 2016 via a Zenith Bank cheque.

The document also has PHCN receipt number: 0024102016000 and payment reference number: ZIB/PHCN/24-10-2016 with the (original) customer name written as the Nigeria Export Promotion Council clearly written out.

A member of staff of the AEDC, however, confided to Punch that the disconnection was actually carried out close to two weeks ago “when the management felt the party has not shown sufficient commitment towards meeting its obligations.”

The source said, “I understand they have made a part payment of N500,000 out of the debt. I cannot say if this gesture is sufficient to enable us to restore power to the building.”

No party officials was willing to speak on record about the issue because “it is too embarrassing.”

A high ranking party member who spoke in confidence said, “You know the country is in recession. We are not immune to the funding challenges facing other sectors of the Nigerian economy.

“In fact, I think Nigerians will now know that this is a departure from the immediate past because we are the governing party it does not mean we can dip our hands into the national treasury to meet our obligations.”