Akpabio’s Arrest: Buhari reacts, blasts PDP

By Amako Nneji October 19, 2015 12:37

Akpabio’s Arrest: Buhari reacts, blasts PDP

President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted swiftly to allegations made against him by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, that he is using the Economic Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to hound the opposition.

Speaking through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity Femi Adesina, he maintained that ordinarily he would not want to comment on such because they were comments coming from a political party and response are better from the All Progressives Congress, APC, leadership.

The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Olisah Metuh, had said at a news conference in Abuja, “unfolding events have confirmed the party’s position that the Buhari administration was only using the anti-corruption posture as a tool to witch-hunt PDP members and perceived political opponents of the APC government.

He stated that no member of the APC despite the public petitions of corruption and squandering of state funds, had been invited, questioned or arrested by the EFCC.

See: 2019: How Buhari, EFCC, have declared a full scale war – PDP

The statement from Metuh is hot on the heels of the recent emergency meeting the party convened following Akpabio’s EFCC invitation.

Akpabio was allegedly arrested on Friday for defrauding the state of N101.8b, mismanagement of state funds and piling up debts for the State.

He had earlier denied reports of his arrest stating that he was only invited by the EFCC and as an exemplary Citizen obliged the agency’s invitation.

See: PDP summons emergency meeting over Akpabio arrest

Adesina however, said that it was untrue for Metuh to claim that the President’s anti-corruption war was one-sided.

    “Mr Olisa Metuh is sounding like a broken record. It’s the same thing that he says all the time. But let me assure Nigerians that the President has always maintained that even when it affects APC members, the person concerned must go and defend himself.”

Adesina wondered why the issue was not whether the people facing the EFCC actually committed the crime but Metuh is saying that it is one-sided.

    “I think what is of interest to Nigerians is ‘did this people commit the crime?’ not whether it is one-sided,” he said.