In reaction to the fresh probe on Bukola Saraki, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led federal government of using the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in its “witch-hunt” of key opposition figures.
Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP spokesman, in a statement on Wednesday, condemned the probe by EFCC, describing it as “renewed harassment of the Senate President.”
The anti-graft agency had written a letter to the Kwara State Government demanding a breakdown of Saraki’s income, as well as his entitlements as governor of the state.
PDP has however warned that “no harm must come to Senator Saraki or any member of his family”.
According to the opposition party, the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration is jittery over its “overwhelming evidence and impending victory” at the presidential election tribunal.
“The PDP expresses concern that the APC-led Federal Government is now using the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to hound the Senate President in a clear case of political witch-hunt,” he said in a statement.
“The PDP alerts that the fresh siege against Senator Saraki is part of the larger plot for a renewed clamp-down on key opposition figures and perceived political opponents of the APC administration, particularly, to frustrate the determination to retrieve our stolen Presidential mandate at the tribunal.”
Ologbondiyan also wondered why the EFCC is investigating Saraki “even when nothing incriminating has been found in his stewardship as Governor of Kwara state, after several investigations”.
“The Federal Government is hounding Senator Saraki even after he has been prosecuted but discharged and acquitted by the Supreme Court, after the government failed to substantiate claims of false asset declaration against him,” he said.
“The APC is called upon to note that Nigerians are already aware of the truth in all issues leading to this renewed harassment of the Senate President.
“The PDP therefore cautions the Federal Government to retrace its steps on this new plot against opposition leaders in our polity.”
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