Ahead of tomorrow’s (Tuesday) invitation of former first lady of Kwara State and wife of the Senate President, Mrs. Toyin Saraki by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the North-Central zone has warned the agency to guide its operations against manipulation by desperate politicians.
The party alleged that the action of the agency was instigated by some politicians who want to use the EFCC to bring down their perceived political adversaries and reiterated its unflinching commitment of zero-tolerance to corruption.
In a statement signed by APC leaders, a copy which Nigerian Pilot obtained in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, they noted that the “warning became imperative due to the invitation of the wife of Senate President, Mrs. Toyin Saraki by the EFCC and the surrounding political issues.”
The signatories are Mr. Haddi Ameto (Kogi), Alhaji Mohammed Jibril Adamu, (Niger), Alhaji Usman Abdukmalik (FCT), Ishola Balogun-Fulani (Kwara), Mr. Letep Dabang, (Plateau). They alleged that ”this invitation is curious, the timing is suspicious and it raises more questions than answers.”
According to him, “We are worried that an APC chieftain, Senator Joseph Waku, has alleged that a leader of our party in the South-West was the mastermind of a baseless petition over which Mrs. Saraki has been invited by the EFCC.
“We are also disturbed by the allegation that the same APC chieftain has promised to help secure a second term for the EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Lamorde if Mrs. Saraki is satisfactorily persecuted,” they said.
The party leaders further said that, “this is unacceptable and these allegations suggest that some APC chieftains have cut deals with the EFCC to punish perceived political adversaries.
“Mrs. Saraki has left Kwara State Government House with her husband since 2011, why did the EFCC choose to invite her for questioning on the 28th of July, 2015? The same day the National Assembly is scheduled to reconvene from recess. It is difficult to believe this is a mere coincidence because some senators have vowed to bring the Senate President down by all means.
“We are particularly concerned about this political persecution because Mrs. Toyin Saraki has never been actively involved in politics. Not even when her husband, Senate President Bukola Saraki, was governor of Kwara State between 2003 and 2011.
“But in the 2015 general elections, she left the comfort of her private home to tirelessly mobilise women in the North-Central region to vote for President Muhammadu Buhari in her capacity as the team leader of North-Central in the Women Presidential Campaign Council.
”We reiterate the commitment of our party, the APC, for zero tolerance to corruption and wholeheartedly support the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari to curb and kill corruption in Nigeria. We also urge the EFCC to perform its duties lawfully and professionally,” they said.


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