The Peoples Democratic party has tasked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to provide an update to Nigerians on the petition to it by a former Managing Director of Alpha Beta against the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, which alleged massive corruption and misappropriation of funds belonging to Lagos State government.
The call was made by the Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Council in a press briefing coordinated by the Director, of Strategic Communication, Dele Momodu, in Abuja on Sunday.
Speaking on the matter, a spokesperson of the council, Daniel Bwala, said the anti-graft agency needs to address the nation on its findings.
He said: “A few years ago, the former Managing Director of Alpha Beta lodged a petition at the EFCC against the former governor of Lagos state and now a presidential candidate of APC, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu.
“The petition involves massive corruption and misappropriation of funds belonging to the government of Lagos state, abuse of official office, and conflict of interests. The said petition raised issues bordering on a wide range of corruption allegations. We call on the EFCC to address the nation on their findings of the investigation, which we believe is long overdue.”
He also spoke on the forfeiture of the sum of $660,000 by Tinubu to the United States authorities over a drug and narcotic-related case, stressing the danger of drugs to the survival of Nigeria.
The campaign spokesman also urged the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to act on its recent interception of large volumes of cocaine and bring the culprits to book no matter how highly connected.
He said: “Gentlemen of the press, you would recall that the court in Chicago had convicted Tinubu of a drug and narcotic-related case to which he forfeited the sum of $660,000. Our country is afflicted by opioids, and other drug-related cases which have constituted a threat to our national security.
“Example is the recent interception of large volumes of cocaine by the NDLEA to which the nation is still awaiting a statement about not only the immediate individuals who were arrested but the links and association of these individuals to any person no matter how highly placed he or she are in the society.
“Recently even a spy cop (Abba Kyari) was arrested and is being prosecuted for an allegation of drugs and narcotics. We call on the NDLEA to address the nation on the busted drugs and possible linkage.”
The campaign similarly called on Nigerian security and intelligence agencies to investigate and where necessary arrest all those involved in the setting up of the militia called “Jagaban Soldiers,” because of its wider implication for the coming elections.
Bwala argued: “Recently the presidential candidate of APC via his agents has created a militia called “Jagaban Soldiers” and “Battalions” for the alleged purposes of executing his political agenda which could have a wider implication to the peaceful conduct of elections and the human rights of the citizens of Nigeria.
“Only God knows what their plans are, but it is predictable because the militia was created shortly after the leaked video of the candidate of APC in London calling on his followers and members of APC to embark on widespread violence towards the election. The video has been in the public domain.
“Also shortly after his declaration violence visited several states by members of APC on the opposition in rallies, homes, streets etc. The creation of a militia has never happened in Nigeria’s political history until now.
“We call on Nigeria’s security and intelligence platforms to investigate and where necessary arrest all those involved including the presidential candidate of APC.
“We also call on the domestic and international election observers majority of them are already here in Nigeria, we also call on the ECOWAS, US, UK, European Union and other development partners to look into this obvious threat to the peaceful conduct of elections.”
The PDP Campaign Council also called for the removal of Festus Keyamo as a minister, arguing that he is using his position to intimidate security agencies following his recent pressure over the presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar.