- The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on President Buhari to ask the EFCC unfreeze the bank accounts of the Adeleke's family
- It described the freezing of the accounts as oppressive, tyrannical, provocative and a direct recipe for crisis
- PDP also directed its members in the south-west zone to immediately commence movement into Osun state
- An activist has however said the allegation was not true
Opposition's Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged that the bank accounts of Senator Ademola Adeleke, the governorship candidate of the party in the coming Osun state election has been frozen by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The PDP also alleged that Adeleke's family bank accounts were also frozen by the anti graft agency, including that of celebrity singer, Davido.
Consequently, the party, in a statement signed by national publicity secretary of the party, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, asked President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the EFCC to immediately unfreeze the private bank accounts.
However, Kayode Ogundamisi, an activist has on his Twitter page rejected the PDP's claim, insisting that the party lied in their allegations.
"@IsiakaAdeleke1 and @iam_Davido's accounts was never frozen by @officialEFCC, Davido is free to support his uncle and also free to campaign for and have series of concerts for @OfficialPDPNig but please don't resort to political lies. Your fan base spread accros all sides," he said on his Twitter feed.
The statement read in full:
"The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) charges President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to immediately unfreeze the private account of the PDP governorship Candidate in the September 22, 2018 Osun election, Senator Ademola Adeleke, and those of his family members, including music star, David Adeleke (Davido).
"The party decries the freezing of the accounts as oppressive, tyrannical, provocative and a direct recipe for crisis in the state, given that the people of Osun are solidly behind Adeleke ahead of the election.
"In addition, the PDP directs its members, including state governors, officials at zonal and state chapters, national and states assembly members, all presidential and governorship aspirants as well as other stakeholders, particularly, in the southwest zone, to immediately commence movement into Osun state with their political machinery to campaign and support the PDP candidate.
"The party, however, said the freezing of the Adelekes' accounts by an agency of the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government, a week to the governorship election, underscores the fact that APC is mortally afraid of our candidate and has been seeking ways to undermine his electoral fortunes.
"Such savage attack on innocent citizens confirms the viciousness of the Buhari-led APC administration to use any means whatsoever to subjugate Nigerians and appropriate power to itself at all cost.
"Does it not smack of political brutality that President Buhari approved the secret release of N16.6 billion to Osun APC to pay thugs to manhandle voters and rig the election, while his EFCC is unleashed to freeze the legitimate account of our candidate and his family not minding the collateral damage such would have on millions that benefit from the goodwill of the family?
"What President Buhari and his APC do not understand is that theirs is a den of thieves and that the leaders of the APC are frittering the N16 billion away.
"Moreover, the people of Osun state are completely behind Senator Adeleke and will freely vote for him irrespective of the machinations of the Buhari-led APC.
"The PDP therefore calls on the people of Osun state to collectively condemn this wickedness meted out on their son and members of his family and ensure that they use their votes to make a resounding statement against the APC by voting enmasse for their beloved son, come September 22, 2018. Enough is enough!"
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Friday, September 14, in Abuja, said it would deploy 16,000 staff for the conduct of Osun governorship election on September 22.
INEC chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this on YIAGA Africa Watching The Vote (WTV) Series with the theme “Ending the Scourge of Vote Buying and Selling in Nigerian Elections.’’
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