PEOPLES Democratic Party (PDP) has raised the alarm over the marathon interrogation of former governor of Akwa-Ibom State governor and Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio. The party alleged, that the interrogation was politically motivated and targeted at weakening the PDP, ahead of the 2019 elections.
Akpabio was guest of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) at the weekend over an alleged financial sleaze during his eight years in office.
Addressing newsmen yesterday in Abuja, PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh declared that Akpabio’s interrogation was part of an orchestrated plot by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to intimidate, harass and ultimately force stalwarts of the PDP to dump the party for the ruling party.
“We have verifiable reports from our key members that agents of the APC have been approaching them to join the APC with threats to use the EFCC to victimise them should they refuse. The APC and its agents have been boasting that they have the powers to deal with or spare any person, depending on the party such a person belongs to.
“This clearly explains why the so-called fight against corruption has been selective and focused against PDP members, despite counsels by stakeholders that it should be holistic and in accordance with the due process of the law.
“The best example of the curious nature of the war against corruption is the fact that former PDP governors and ministers are being hounded and arrested over apparently orchestrated petitions, while their APC counterparts, who have more damaging petitions are being nominated for ministerial positions. Even other APC former governors who have ongoing corruption cases in court are being rewarded with APC tickets for the forthcoming governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa,” Metuh alleged.
Stretching the arguments of selective arrests, Metuh claimed that he was aware of petitions before the EFCC on alleged financial sleaze against former governors of Rivers and Lagos states which had been spurned by the anti-corruption agency.
But the Presidency has dismissed PDP’s allegations as “jaded and hackneyed.”
Buhari’s Media Adviser, Femi Adesina, in a telephone interview said PDP deserves pity for spewing lies
“The opposition seems to have run out of ideas so soon. Daily, we hear the same jaded and hackeyed allegations from them. I think they really are to be pitied. They need help. A broken record that repeats itself ceaselessly is of no use than to be thrown away,” Adesina said.