- Comrade Timi Frank has condemned the renewed effort by the EFCC to probe the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki
- Comrade Frank expressed optimism that Saraki will emerge unscathed from the renewed onslaught of the EFCC
- He insisted that the EFCC is not fighting corruption but rather engaging in targeted persecution of Saraki for political reasons
A former deputy national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, has condemned in strong terms, the renewed effort by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to probe the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.
Comrade Frank in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Wednesday, May 7, described the move by EFCC to again comb the books of the Kwara state government as “another round of evidence shopping by the anti-graft body to enable it commence another circus trial,” adding that it will, “collapse like a park of cards at the end of the day.”
The former APC chieftain wondered what the EFCC is up to and called on Nigerians to be alarmed as to why the agency continues to single out the President of the Senate - among former governors and present political office holders - for investigation and trial.
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His words: “Granted that no man is above the law and Saraki has never claimed to be a saint, suffice to say that the repeated criminal investigation and trial of his person by Buhari and EFCC show that they want to make him kiss the dust through foul means.
“Come to think of it, Saraki is not the only former governor in Nigeria. He is not the first person to be President of the Senate. How many ex-governors and Presidents of the Senate has Buhari and the EFCC dedicatedly probed or tried in the last four years like they have done to Saraki?
“Why is Buhari and the EFCC shy of investigating the former governor of Edo state who is now the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole?
“To think that the EFCC has not lifted a finger against the APC’s boss notwithstanding the litany of petitions against him calls the sincerity of an administration that claims to be all out against corruption to question.
“What about former governors Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Rauf Aregbesola, Rotimi Amaechi and Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state, known to have a plethora of corruption allegations against them?
“Only recently, allegations of corruption to the tune of $2.5billion was made against the Central Bank of Nigerian (CBN) and there are also reports of massive corruption activities ongoing at the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) under its present leadership.
“Yet the EFCC would rather engage in shadow boxing by instituting a fresh probe against Saraki just to justify its continuous spending of tax payers money in needless probes, in furtherance of a highly selective and dubious anti-graft war, being waged by the Buhari regime against top opposition elements in the country.”
Comrade Frank expressed optimism that Saraki will emerge unscathed from the renewed onslaught of the EFCC as he prepares to exit his tenure and called on Nigerians and the international community to note the vendetta and hate-filled attempt by Buhari and the EFCC to hang a just citizen.
“In view of the renewed onslaught against Saraki following a recommissioned investigation of his days as governor of Kwara state, and his present position as President of the Senate, I call on Nigerians and the International community not only to witness but to hold Buhari and the EFCC responsible should any harm befall Saraki in the coming days,” he added.
He insisted that the EFCC is not fighting corruption but rather engaging in targeted persecution of Saraki for political reasons.
Meanwhile, the EFCC on Monday, May 6, denied claims that it is carrying out a probe on Saraki.
Tony Orilade, the acting spokesman of the EFCC in Abuja, said that the anti graft agency is not undertaking any investigation on Saraki's regime when he was the governor of Kwara state (2003 to 2011).
Orilade referred to the claim as a “deliberate falsehood,” stating that it created the wrong notion that the EFCC is witch-hunting Saraki following his new appointment as ambassador-at-large by the International Human Rights Commission (IHRC).
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