Senators elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP on Friday warned the executive arm of government against using the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on members of the National Assembly.
Reacting to the invitation of the anti-graft agency to the wife of the Senate President, Mrs. Toyin Saraki, the senators said any attempt to unleash the anti-graft agencies on members of the National Assembly as a result of the leadership crisis would not only be constitutionally and lawfully resisted but could have dire consequences on the governance in the country.
Wife of the Senate President has been invited by the EFCC to appear before it next week Tuesday, July 28.
In a statement signed by Senator Peter Nwaoboshi representing Delta North Senatorial District, on behalf of PDP Like Mind Senators, stated that much as the lawmakers were not against anti-corruption agencies from performing their statutory duties, the invitation by EFCC to Mrs. Saraki, clearly indicated that the threat by a group within the NASS.
According to the former chairman of PDP in Delta State, “Nigerians should ask EFCC what they were waiting for all this while before realising that they need to invite Mrs Saraki when she actually left the Government House with her husband in 2011. And why should the invitation come a few days after a senator threatened that his group and their sponsors will bring the Senate President down?”.
“We also think that the same witch-hunt that the family of the Senate President is suffering now is the same thing happening to his deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu who the Police have been disturbing.
“But let it be known that these two gentlemen and the other leaders of the Senate enjoy the support of 85 senators and at the right time we will jointly make our opinion known on the harassment of our leaders”, he said.
“Let us remind the EFCC that there are many leaders of the APC whose matter were well highlighted during the campaign period, yet the commission did nothing. Now, the commission has no inhibition to be harassing a woman and they want us to believe they are just doing their job. What a double standard!”.
The senators further advised President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that some people don not use his name to misuse state machinery and fight political opponents in the guise of waging war against corruption.
“The President is a father to all. He has done well by not taking side with any of the contending groups. We will sort out things among ourselves but he should not let people mess up his name or undermine his plan to fight corruption by using EFCC, ICPC and other agencies to intimidate opponents”, they added.


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