The People’s Democratic Party, PDP, has condemned the freezing of her party’s vice presidential candidate, Peter Obi, wife and family members’ bank accounts by the government agencies.
Party’s Spokeman, Kola Ologbondiyan in a statement on Saturday, said it’s disturbing how Buhari’s government has overlooked massive looting of National treasury by his party faithfuls, only to attempt to blackmail Obi whose reputation stood clear before all Nigerians.
The party wondered why Mr. Obi, who is regarded as the most honest and prudent governor that Nigeria has ever produced, automatically turned into a suspect after his nomination as vice presidential candidate of opposition party.
The statement read: “It is ludicrous that President Buhari would continue to condone the looting of our treasuries by his party leaders and the cabal in his Presidency, which even, the First Lady had alluded to, only to be using government agencies to attempt to blackmail our presidential and vice presidential candidates whose reputation stands clear before all Nigerians.
“Since his nomination, Obi, apart from facing series of failed attempts by the APC to destroy his reputation has also continued to receive all manner of threats and blackmail, including threats to his life and those of his wife and children.
“Otherwise, why is the Presidency on a wild goose chase in investigating Peter Obi, who left office as governor of Anambra State five years ago with a nationally acclaimed clean record, intact reputation for frugality, transparency, zero tolerance for corruption and leaving behind a huge saving of N75bn in cash and investment; without owing any salaries, pensions, gratuities or even contractors for contracts executed.”
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Meanwhile, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has denied the allegation of freezing Obi’s bank accounts.
Acting spokesman for the agency, Tony Orilade, said that there is nowhere the EFCC is mentioned in a statement by the PDP.
“But let nobody cry wolf where none exists. Please direct your question to the author of the statement; and please let us not speak in parables. And let the media not interpret out of context,” he said.
Mr. Tony added that “EFCC is a law-abiding agency and committed to ridding the nation of economic and financial crimes; that, we would not relent to do.”