Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday said the released of President Muhammadu Buhari’s associate and All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Brig. General Jafaru Isa (retired), by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) barely eight hours after arrest, has exposed the hypocrisy of Buhari anti-corruption war.
The party said the continued incarceration of PDP spokesman, Olisa Metuh and the released of Buhari’s associate barely eight hours after his arrest by EFCC has vindicated PDP that the target of Buhari is to clamp-down on PDP members.
PDP, in a statement by its National Legal Adviser, Barr. Victor Kwon, said EFCC has not only shown that it has be compromised, but federal government action also shown that it is not fighting corruption but on a clamp-down mission on PDP leaders.
The party said that its spokesman, who was arrested without invitation by the anti graft agency has remained incarcerated since Tuesday while the APC chieftain who even disregarded the commission’s invitation and had to be arrested was quickly released after the EFCC boss meeting at the Presidential villa.
PDP said there can be no clearer indication that the APC-led administration is on a man-hunt against PDP leaders, and that it has a personal grudge against Chief Metuh, ostensibly for his stance as opposition spokesman, particularly his recent exchange with the government and the APC over their dictatorial activities.
The party queried the action of the EFCC in freeing Brig. General Jafaru Isa, eight hours after his arrest last Wednesday night while Chief Metuh
is still being detained even when the two are being investigated over same allegation of receiving funds from the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA).
PDP said: “The release of Jafaru Isa, a known associate of the President and chieftain of the APC eight hours after his arrest while our spokesman
remains in detention even when the two are being investigated over same allegation, clearly shows that the President Buhari-led APC government is not fighting corruption but using the much hyped crusade as a cover to persecute PDP leaders and decimate the opposition, a project the EFCC has clearly yielded itself as a willing tool.
“We have information of the marching order from the presidency for the immediate release of the President’s associate and that his issue is one of the major reasons for the repeated visits of the EFCC Chairman to the Presidential villa within the period of his arrest. Of course, there is nothing hidden under the sun.
“We ask, how can the EFCC now explain to the world that it is not corrupt and teleguided by the Federal Government to persecute PDP
leaders? What happened to the illegal holding charge upon which it has detained the PDP spokesman beyond the limit stipulated by section 35(5a)
of the constitution and in violation of his guaranteed personal liberty under the law?
“Are there now two separate sets of laws; one for PDP leaders and perceived foes of the President Buhari-led government which allows them
to be detained beyond constitutional limits without being charged to court and another set, for associates of the President associates and APC leaders, which guarantees them a slap in the back and immunity from investigation and prosecution, and if arrested, an immediate release?
“Is it really true that the fund Jafaru Isa was alleged to have received from the former NSA was traced near the corridors of those who today
bestride power in the country? Furthermore, can the Federal Government and the APC now in all honesty face the world and announce that this
administration is indeed waging war against corruption?
“Can the EFCC explain what has happened to several petitions by Nigerians on corruption issues against many APC leaders including those who as former governor looted funds belonging to their state? Are they now under immunity for the fact that they are in the APC and that most of the funds they looted where used to finance APC’s Presidential campaign?
“While we reiterate our support for any effort aimed eradicating corruption in our nation we stand our ground in demanding that the fight
must be holistic, credible, within the limits provided by the laws irrespective of political affiliations.”