Frozen A’Ibom, Benue accounts: Buhari using EFCC to punish opposition states – PDP

By Editor on 09/08/2018

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has lampooned President Muhammadu Buhari for allegedly unleashing the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to punish states he considers to be in opposition against his re-election in 2019, demanding that he immediately calls off the anti-graft agency from further attack on the people of Benue and Akwa Ibom states.

The party, specifically wants the President to order the unfreezing of the official accounts of the two states by the commission, as the siege on the accounts, frozen without cogent reasons other than the states are not in good books of the President, constituted a direct attack on innocent Nigerians in the states.

Describing the action as illegal, unconstitutional, overtly wicked and cannot be justified under any guise within the clear dictates and contemplation of our laws and practice as a nation, the party warned the President not to hide under the EFCC to unleash punishment and hardship on the people in states perceived to be averse to his 2019 re-election bid.

The party’s position, conveyed in a statement by its spokesman, Kola Ologbodiyan, stated: “In illegally blocking the flow of funds to these states, the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government has ostensibly commenced a reprehensible design of using economic deprivation as a political tool to arm-twist governors and states to support President Buhari’s re-election in 2019.

“The APC has been seeking ways to subjugate Nigerians, for which it has now resorted to subjecting millions of compatriots already impoverished by the misrule of the Buhari administration, to face more hardship by seizing funds legally belonging to them.

“Nigerians are all aware that no section of our constitution or any law in Nigeria for that matter confers any agency of the Federal Government with powers to interfere or put any restrictions on funds belonging or accruable to states as federating units of our nation.

“Apart from its State Assembly, no other government body or institution has the powers of appropriation or restrictions on any funds belonging to the state.

“The PDP therefore urges all Nigerians to stand up and resist this dangerous trend introduced by the desperate APC to subjugate Nigerians, for which Akwa-Ibom and Benue states are now being used to test the will of the people in this direction.”

 

 

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Posted on August, 9 2018

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