Buhari pressurizing EFCC to free Sylva – APC

By Aiyeku Timothy October 12, 2015 15:06

Buhari pressurizing EFCC to free Sylva – APC

President Muhammadu Buhari has been accused by the Bayelsa All Progressives Congress, APC, of mounting pressure on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC to stop former Governor, Timipre Sylva from being charged and prosecuted.

The state chapter of the ruling party, made this known in a 19 paragraph open letter signed by APC State Chairman, Perekeme Kpodo, titled “Why the Face (s) Behind Timipre Sylva’s Shield from Prosecution by the EFCC Should be Uncovered”

Sylva, who recently emerged APC governorship candidate after the controversial primary election has been accused by the EFCC of 50 charges of money laundering including an alleged N2.45 billion fraud which was later withdrawn, shortly after Buhari’s victory at the latest presidential election in the country.

See: EFCC withdraws N 2.45 billion case against Sylva

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However, the people of the State, accusing the former Governor of mismanaging N1.4trillion worth of state funds expressed surprise as to why the EFCC is yet to prosecute the former Governor, an action that could discredit Buhari’s anti-corruption stand.

    “Your Excellency, we have become worried in recent times by the questions being asked by the millions of admirers and loyalists of the anti-corruption posture of your administration.

    “While we have put forward truthful defence for the pragmatic and resolute socio-economic policies of your administration, we are yet to convince anyone, in Bayelsa and other states of the Federation, on the inability of your administration to allow the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC to charge and prosecute the Former Governor, Chief Timipre Sylva of corrupt practices while he was the Governor of the State.

    “It is a known fact that, Chief Timipre Sylva, who has been charged with barrage of criminal charges by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC is allowed, as usual, to walk away with the flag of the Party for the December 5 election. Is this not a game plan to discredit the hard work of your administration and the APC?

    “How can a man that had over N1.4trillion accrued to his administration in six years and fail to justify the spending. Slyva had all the State Monies from the Ecological fund, the Federation Allocation and many others, but yet left the State with huge debt profile. The issue of non-prosecution and the APC by the people.”

    Kpodo therefore questioned the anti-corruption stand of the APC, Stressing that the EFCC must be allowed to prosecute Sylva’s issue, otherwise, the anti-corruption stand would be seen as a strategy to fight the opposition and the Goodluck Jonathan administration.

    “Many asked if the anti-corruption posture of your administration is targeted to fight the enemies and the opposition under the administration of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan or to protect friends hiding under the progressive status of the All Progressives Congress, APC? And we agree that though the fight against corruption is total as promised by You, the Sylva’s issue must be allowed to be thoroughly investigated and prosecuted by the EFCC,” he said.