by Tunde Ogunmola
The spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), National Caretaker Committee, Prince Dayo Adeyeye has accused the leadership of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of being selective and judgmental in their approach to fighting corruption in the country.
Adeyeye, at a press briefing, held at the national headquarters of the party on Friday, 11th August, 2017 said, it was wrong for the anti-corruption agency to drag suspected looters in a social media trial, rather, he opines that the commission should follow due legal process, by taking them to court and getting conviction.
He goes further to say that, the publicity given to the corruption allegations against former Minister of Petroleum, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke and others were intended to portray members of the PDP corrupt and the party in unflattering light.
According to him, it was wrong for the anti-graft agency to make itself investigators, prosecutors and judges, adding that the people with money laundering and several corruption cases, who were formerly members of PDP, having defected to the ruling party, All Progressive Congress (APC), have their sins forgiven and crime swept under the carpet.
In his own words, “The only thing you need to do today is to defect to the APC and all your sins would be forgiven. All APC members are saints and others are sinners.
“How can the EFCC make allegations and convict us by itself? It is the one making allegations and it is the one convicting people”. The PDP spokesperson reiterated that the former ruling party would not make any comment on the allegations against Diezani and other members of the party, who were being tried for corruption.
“Until a court of competent jurisdiction pronounces the suspects guilty, they remain just suspects and innocent as well. So, we won’t talk about those issues.
“If there is a genuine case against her or any other person, please go to court and establish that they are corrupt. You can’t just claim that you have found someone with money you suspect was illegally acquired and pronounce such person guilty. You need to go to court and establish it.”
It will be recalled , that the EFCC recently said it had traced at least N47.2bn and $487.5m in cash and property to the former minister.
Adeyeye noted that there was a failed attempt by some people to stop the PDP Special Non-Elective Convention, scheduled for today, 12th Saturday in Abuja, through a court order on Thursday.
According to him, “Some people tried to scuttle the convention by using the court, but they failed.”
Adeyeye said no fewer than 3,000 delegates from the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory would participate in the non-elective national convention.
The PDP spokesman said the special convention would be an avenue to reunite its members after a prolonged leadership crisis in the party.
“We wanted to make it a unity convention, hence we decided to bring so many people to serve in this committee. Those who were with the former National Chairman, Senator Alimodu Modu Sheriff, have been integrated into the convention committee. The policy of no ‘victor, no vanquished’ has been fully implemented by the caretaker committee”.