The All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Organization has accused the PDP-led federal government of working extra hours to raise malicious charges against the leaders and suspected financiers of the APC using the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in order to force its presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to “try his own men” in a test of his bid to fight corruption without fear or favour.
A statement signed by the Director, Media and Publicity of the campaign organization, Malam Garba Shehu, raised the alarm that the federal government is planning to take advantage of a vow by Mr. Buhari that if elected, he will not investigate the past, but that all on-going cases, as he said, will be allowed to pass through the judiciary without any hindrance.
“In what is clearly a mischievous attempt to railroad the Presidential Candidate of the APC, Muhammadu Buhari, to subject his own supporters to trial and conviction, the Federal Government, in a letter signed by the Chief of Staff to the President, Brig. Gen. Jones Arogbota (rtd) sent a list of some of the most senior APC leaders, businessmen and company CEOs with a view to the immediate commencement of investigation and trial against them”, Shehu said.
The list as circulated on the web included former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, Gov. Rotimi Amaechi, Gov. Adams Oshiomhole, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal and Gov. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of Kano State.
Others are Senator Danjuma Goje, Senator Bukola Saraki, Faruk Ahmed, Executive Director PPPRA; Sulaiman Barau, a Deputy Governor of the Central Bank; the MD of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Habib Abdullahi and the DG of the NCAA, Captain Mukhtar Usman.
The rest are the MD of NDIC, Umaru Ibrahim; Governor of Kwara State, Abdulfatah Ahmed; the Group Executive Director of the NNPC, Aisha Abdulraham; the Governorship candidate of the APC in Taraba State, Senator Aisha Alhassan; the PDM candidate for Adamawa Governorship election, who was formerly the Executive Secretary of UBEC, Ahmed Modibbo, as well as the former Minister of Education, Prof. Ruqqayyatu Ahmed Rufa’i.
The letter-forwarding the list to the EFCC quoted the Chief of Staff as saying that he had been “directed by the C-in-C (President) to instruct your Agency (EFCC) to clandestinely investigate the personal and official finances” of the listed individuals.
Meanwhile, the EFCC has debunked the said letter in circulation, describing it as a forgery.