- The Bayelsa governorship election is generating tension in the polity
- APC deputy spokesman, Yekini Nabena, has alleged that funds are being moved by the state government
- The APC chieftain has called on anti-corruption agencies to intervene
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) have been advised to freeze bank accounts belonging to the Bayelsa government.
The call was made by the deputy national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Yekini Nabena.
In a statement sent to journalists on Sunday, October 20, the Bayelsa-born APC chieftain urged the EFCC and NFIU to investigate an alleged illegal diversion of N17.5 billion.
The EFCC is statutorily empowered to ensure acts of money laundering within the shores of Nigeria do not go unpunished.
On its part, the NFIU monitors bank transactions to ensure to meet up to the financial standards of the country.
According to Nabena, the monies were illegally withdrawn on the orders of the state governor, Seriake Dickson to prosecute the Bayelsa governorship election.
Nabena also called for the arrest of the Bayelsa state commissioner for finance, Mr. Maxwell Ebibai, who he accused of overseeing the illegal withdrawals.
His words: “Insider reports we received state that Governor Seriake Dickson approved the illegal withdrawals to fund the election of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in the state.
“The EFCC and the NFIU must urgently freeze the state government accounts to stop further illegal withdrawals. They must also track down the already withdrawn N17.5 billion and arrest the state commissioner for finance, Mr. Maxwell Ebibai who oversaw the illegal withdrawals.”
The election in the south-south state is expected to be keenly contested by the PDP and the APC.
While the PDP is the ruling party in the state, the APC seems to be growing from strength to strength in the last few months.
Nabena is one of the arrow-heads of the APC in the state and has been at the forefront in keeping the Bayelsa state government on its toes.
Last week, Nabena had raised an alarm over weapons being stockpiled in the state ahead of the election.
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