The Forum of the Peoples Democratic Party State Chairmen has urged the Economic Financial Crimes Commission to terminate its probe on the party concerning alleged mismanagement of party funds.
The EFCC is reported to have invited senior officials of the PDP following an allegation leveled against the PDP leadership by Kassim Afegbua, a chieftain of the party, to explain how N10bn was allegedly diverted.
The PDP forum, however, urged the anti-graft agency to halt the probe. It stated this in a statement on Friday titled ‘EFCC: Position of forum of PDP state chairmen’, signed by the Forum’s Public Relations Officer, Francis Orogu.
“The Forum, having consulted among its members, wishes to state… that the monitoring of political parties funds is the legal and constitutional duty of INEC (Independent National Electoral Commission) and not that of EFCC,” the statement read in part.
The statement also revealed that INEC had not raised any issue concerning the management of funds in the PDP and the EFCC has not in its history, questioned the management of finances in any political party in Nigeria.
“The Forum, therefore, advises EFCC to, without delay, terminate this unholy voyage that can only lead the country to doom.
“The EFCC is further advised to restrict itself to its core mandate as provided for in its statutes,” the statement noted.