The Anambra State Government has accused Abubakar Malami (SAN), the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, of being behind the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s recent action against the state governor, Willie Obiano.
Don Adinuba, the state Commissioner of Information and Public Enlightenment, said that the EFCC is supervised by the Office of the AGF, and that Malami attempted to sabotage Anambra’s recent governorship election.
Adinuba remarked on Channels Television’s Politics Today, a current affairs program that our correspondent saw from Abuja on Thursday, that the EFCC’s action is politically motivated.
He said, “Nobody invited him (the governor) to interrogate him or hear his own side of the story. No petition was presented to him. He did not make any comments. But all of a sudden, the EFCC announced rather secretly…using the media as a third party…to announce that he is being watched. That is very surprising. There is absolutely no reason for that. And worse, the EFCC gave the impression that the governor wants to bolt away when he has a while four months to remain in office.
“It is unimaginable that a governor will abandon a state a whole four months to the end of his tenure. That is surprising. It just does not make sense to anyone simply because the whole exercise is politically motivated.”
“I will reiterate who these persons are,” the commissioner replied when asked who he was referring to. The exact persons who did not want the election to take place in Anambra State and had the arrogance to inform the entire country that the poll would not take place due to security concerns, without prior approval from the President.
“Immediately the President got to know of this plot, he was alarmed and said ‘no, the election must hold in Anambra and it must be free and fair’. And the election actually became free, fair and transparent, and its outcome is in sync with the sentiments and expectations of the generality of not only Anambra people but all Nigerians.
“Consequently, Soludo’s victory became a national phenomenon. These people have tried everything possible to stop AGPA’s representative, Soludo, and consequently winning the election. They went as far as approving a Customary Court in Abuja to obtain summons – criminal summons – on Soludo. They went as far as arranging a kangaroo judgment from a High Court in Jigawa State over the chairmanship of APGA and more importantly the authentic candidate of APGA in the November 6 gubernatorial election in Anambra State.”
Leave a Comment