👤 By Danjuma Aliyu
Nigeria’s opposition party has accused the Government of using operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commisison, EFCC to harass members ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The EFCC which is headed by Ibrahim Musatafa Magu, has in recent times picked on contractors and is set on using them to implicate leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Uche Secondus alleges.
The PDP chairman said in a statement that “contractors in Taraba and Rivers states as well as other PDP states are being harassed by EFCC operatives and are being arm twisted to implicate PDP leaders.”
The statement signed by Mr Secondus’ media aide Ike Abonyi, notes that intelligence available to the party shows that “the ruling party and the federal government have resolved to ensure that PDP states are permanently put on their toes so as not to get their bearing ahead of 2019.
“It would be clear to the world and discerning minds that PDP governors are doing fantastic jobs executing projects that touch the lives of their people unlike their APC counterparts.
“In some states like Taraba where projects have been halted as a result of EFCC meddlesomeness, the unemployment situation has worsened,” he adds.
The comments comes hours after DENISAURUS News reported a warning from the outgoing British High Commission to Nigeria for Mr Magu, who was seen wearing the re-election lapel of President Muhammadu Buhari, not to take sides in the February 2019 elections.
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Paul Arkwright who made a visit to the EFCC Headquarters on Wednesday said: “INEC and EFCC should be there to preserve the integrity of the political process, including taking forward investigations without any prejudice on one side or the other, following the evidence and taking action where it is justified.”
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According to Mr Secondus, instead of taking Mr Arkwright’s advice, the “Commission has instead made themselves a willing tool to assist the drowning APC ahead of 2019 general elections.
He “charged PDP state governors to remain undaunted and refuse to be intimidated in the service of their people” and “called on the international communities to note the growing impunity where anti graft agencies now usurp the over sight functions of the state Houses of Assembly.