EFCC As Campaign Tool For APC
Nigeria News takes a look at the role of EFCC in the political atmosphere of Nigeria at present.
It became more glaring early Monday morning that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is a campaign tool and instrument of persecution in the hands of the ruling All Progressives Congress.
The anti-graft agency showed how partisan it had turned out to be under President Muhammadu Buhari when it tweeted on Monday that it would reopen the N1.3 billion poultry scandal against Governor Ayodele Fayose.
However, the EFCC quickly deleted the tweet when it realized that it had goofed. The tweet read, “The parri (party) is over; the cloak of immunity torn apart and the staff broken.”
This is a mockery of a sitting governor of Ekiti state whose candidate and deputy, Professor Olusola Kolapo Eleka just lost a gubernatorial election to the APC candidate, Dr Kayode Fayemi.
The tweet suggests the minds of EFCC and confirmed that the commission’s Acting Chairman Ibrahim Magu is truly partisan as alleged by members of the public and the opposition political parties.
Recalled that on May 15, 2018, Magu appeared on a national television station, wearing a label with the picture of Buhari for 2019.
The television station deliberately zoomed the picture to allow the viewers to notice Buhari’s picture on Magu’s cloth.
Thrice, the Senate denied the approval of Magu as substantive chairman of EFCC on the ground that he lacked integrity but the president insisted on his appointment.
At a time the EFCC boss was accused of selective approach in the prosecution of suspects, he denied, adding that the commission would only go after suspects that had been petitioned.
Records showed that 99 per cent of the prosecutions carried out by the commission was from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Asked why members of the APC are not being prosecuted, Magu replied in one of his numerous responses that the commission had not received petitions against APC members.
Barely 24 hours that he made the statement, the national dailies were filled with adverts of various petitions against APC members, sent to EFCC but never treated.
It is not a bad idea that the EFCC reopens Fayose’s many alleged frauds but it is absurd that the commission can go to the extent of tweeting it to make a mockery of the embattled governor.
Today, former Governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu is walking freely. As a matter of fact, he is a key member of the APC. He was in Ekiti to campaign for Fayemi despite myriads of cases with EFCC.
What Kalu did was to join APC from PDP and his sins were pardoned. Another example is the former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro who had a similar case with Fayose. Since he decamped from PDP to APC, the EFCC has stopped tormenting him.
Obanikoro has become louder since he crossed to APC. These and many more are the reasons why EFCC has become so suspicious in the prosecution of many suspects.