The All Progressives Grand Alliance has strongly condemned the arrest of the former governor of Anambra state, Willie Obiano, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Describing the arrest of the former governor as a “politically-motivated witch-hunt”, the party stated that the EFCC had resorted to the use of fifth columnists.
Recall that the anti-graft agency had arrested Obiano on Thursday night at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos – the day he handed over as Governor of Anambra State.
Addressing journalists in Awka, on Saturday, the National Coordinator, APGA Media Warriors Forum, Evang Chinedu Obigwe, said the allegation that the former governor misappropriated N42bn, out of which N37bn was used to fund political activities was baseless and does not hold waters.
Obigwe said efforts by the EFCC to dent the hard-earned reputation of Obiano would not succeed as he remains innocent until proven guilty by a competent court of law.
He said as of today, Nigerians don’t have confidence in the anti-graft agency anymore, saying that “when they see the real corrupt politicians joining APC, they would turn to toothless bulldogs.
“But when an opposition figure is involved they will be barking as if the person committed any crime whereas they are doing the evil bidding of their paymasters.”
He said, “EFCC, as usual, has resorted to the use of fifth columnists for the media trial of Obiano. This is evidence showing that they are executing a politically motivated witch hunt plot against him.
“How can you deny last year that you were not aware that Obiano was placed on EFCC watch list only for you now to come in March and be claiming that he has been on your watch list for a long time.