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Secondus to EFCC: You’re bias over arrest of state contractor



Secondus to EFCC: You’re bias over arrest of state contractor

National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Prince Uche Secondus has accused the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of bias for arresting only contractors handling projects in PDP controlled states.

Prince Secondus in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media, Ike Abonyi, said the recent arrest and harassment of contractors handling projects in only PDP states has clearly exposed the anti-graft agency as doing the bidding of the ruling party ahead of 2019.

He alleged that the motive is to frustrate their project goals which have visibly placed them far ahead of the colleagues in the All Progressives Congress (APC) controlled states.

Prince Secondus expressed regrets that the commission has remained beclouded in its bias and has refused to heed the advises from well-meaning Nigerians and international watchers including the recent one from the British High Commissioner to Nigeria Mr. Paul Arkwright not to take sides with any political party ahead of the 2019 general election.

He noted that rather than listen to such counsel, the EFCC has made itself a willing tool to assist the APC in 2019 general elections.

“Rather than encourage states who are seriously involved in the delivery of democracy dividend to their people, the envious ruling APC has been conniving with the relevant agencies to be harassing contractors ostensibly to frustrate and slow them down in their development strides.

“Contractors in Taraba and Rivers States as well as other PDP states are being harassed by EFCC operatives and are being arm twisted to implicate PDP leaders.

“Intelligence is available to the party that the ruling party and the Federal Government have resolved to ensure that PDP states are permanently put on their toes so as not to get their bearing ahead of 2019,” Secondus added.

He commended PDP governors for executing projects that touch the lives of their people but regretted that‎ in some states like Taraba where projects have been halted as a result of EFCC meddlesomeness, the unemployment situation has worsened.

Prince Secondus reiterated the position of the PDP that corruption should be confronted frontally in the system but warned that meaningful result would not be achieved in this regard in an atmosphere of bias and double standards from anti-corruption agencies.

He charged PDP state governors to remain undaunted and refuse to be intimidated in the service of their people.

The PDP National Chairman further called on the international communities to note the growing impunity in Nigeria where anti-graft agencies now usurp the over sight functions of the state Houses of Assembly.

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