The Peoples Democratic Social gathering Nationwide Youths Frontier has slammed the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee for inviting Peoples Democratic Social gathering officers to clarify how N10bn was allegedly diverted.
The Nationwide Coordinator of the group, Austin Okai, stated in a press release on Wednesday that solely the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee had the authorized proper to probe a political social gathering’s funds.
The assertion learn partially, “It’s the solely INEC (the electoral umpire) and essential supervisory organ of political events within the nation that may perform any investigation into any social gathering’s monetary actions, not the EFCC.”
The group stated the Federal Authorities had devised a plan to clamp down on PDP members.
The EFCC is reported to have invited senior officers of the PDP following an allegation leveled towards the PDP management by Kassim Afegbua, a chieftain of the social gathering, regarding transactions associated to social gathering affairs.
He had accused the chairman of secretly working to undermine the social gathering and shortchanging it forward of the 2023 elections.
“This, so far as we’re involved, is the social gathering’s inside affair. The jurisdiction of the EFCC doesn’t prolong to investigating inside social gathering wrangling. The EFCC is subsequently performing exterior its powers by inviting the above named individuals,” it stated.
“One of many factors raised by the EFCC is that they need to confirm the proceeds from the sale of kinds. It’s unprecedented and laughable that the EFCC seeks to show itself into the de facto auditor of the PDP,” the assertion additional learn.
The group argued that it was apparent that the EFCC had misplaced focus.