PDP ridicules EFCC on Diezani, other members’ alleged loots

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The Peoples Democratic Party has made mockery of the trial approach of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

It claimed that the agency’s modus operandi is the reason the party has chosen to remain silent on the alleged recovered loots of former Minister of Petroleum, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke.

The media has remained inundated with reports from the EFCC on several billions of naira and millions of dollars as well as property traced to the former minister and a member of the PDP, who served in the immediate past administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Just few days after the $37.5 million mansion in Banana Island said to belong to Diezani was permanently forfeited to the Federal Government, the EFCC within the week claimed it has traced at least N47.2 billion and $487.5 million in cash and property to the former minister.

However, the PDP National Caretaker Committee (NCC) spokesman, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, on Friday said that the party will not comment on the allegations against Diezani and other members of the PDP.

Adeyeye, who stated this at a press briefing at the national headquarters of the party in Abuja on Friday, said his party remained silent on the issue because the EFCC has continued to wrongly try the suspected looters in the media.

“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.

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“How can the EFCC make allegations and convict us by itself? It is the one making allegations and it is the one convicting people. 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,” he said.

He also hinted on failed attempts by some people to stop the party’s Special Non-Elective Convention, scheduled for Saturday in Abuja, through a court order on Thursday.

“Some people tried to scuttle the convention by using the court, but they failed,” he said but refused to give details on the matter.

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