By Kingsley Peters, Abuja
The Acting National Coordinator of the Atiku Advancement Project, Barr. Soalabo West has condemned the alleged stoppage of transactions on all accounts belonging to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Vice Presidential candidate in the 2019 elections Mr. Peter Obi, wife, his family members and their business concerns.
Addressing journalists in Port Harcourt on Saturday, West urged Nigerians to leave no stone unturned and reject any form of tyranny and dictatorship that has characterized the present administration.
News emerged on Saturday that the bank accounts of its Vice-Presidential candidate, Peter Obi, had been frozen by the Buhari administration, saying the development followed relentless harassments of the politician’s family members by supporters of the ruling All Progressives Congress.
But the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), Nigeria’s leading anti-graft departments, denied freezing Mr Obi’s account, with the EFCC spokesperson saying on Saturday night that there was no truth in the claim.
Although the EFCC emphasised that it should not be suspected as the department responsible for the alleged freeze, especially as the PDP failed to mention any agency, it nonetheless emphasised its commitment to professionalism in the course of curbing endemic corruption in the country.
“There is no where the EFCC is mentioned in this statement. The EFCC is a law abiding agency and committed to ridding the nation of economic and financial crimes. That, we would not relent to do.
“But let nobody cry wolf where non exist. 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,” EFCC spokesperson Tony Orilade said.
Rasheedat Okoduwa, a spokesperson for the ICPC, also said the agency was not responsible for any purported blocking of accounts run by Mr Obi.
Although the EFCC has since inception in the early 2000s been known to regularly freeze bank accounts of persons identified in corruption investigations, there have been wrong claims about restrictions on bank accounts of politicians.
In the run up to the governorship election in Osun State, PDP candidate Ademola Adeleke raised false claims that the family’s bank accounts were frozen.