PDP condemns ‘witch hunt’ against Saraki

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The opposition Peoples Democratic party(PDP) has condemned what it termed a witch hunt against the outgoing Senate President Bukola Saraki, whom the government has launched a fresh investigation on.

Today’s Echo reported on May 5 that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has initiated a fresh investigation on Saraki, seeking to probe all salaries, allowances, estacodes, and payments he received as governor from 2003 to 2011.

“The PDP condemns the renewed harassment of the Senate President and Director General of the Atiku Presidential Campaign, Senator Bukola Saraki, by the APC led Federal Government,” the PDP said via a tweet from its official handle.

The PDP expressed concern that the APC-led Federal Government using the EFCC to hound the Senate President in what it believes is a clear case of political witch-hunt.

“The PDP alerts that the fresh siege against Senator Saraki is part of the larger plot for a renewed clamp-down on key opposition figures and perceived political opponents of the APC administration, particularly, to frustrate the determination to retrieve our stolen Presidential mandate at the tribunal.

“Nothing else can explain the FG’s obnoxious and distasteful resort to intimidation and evidence-fishing, just to nail Senator Saraki at all costs, even when nothing incriminating has been found in his stewardship as Governor of Kwara state, after several investigations.

“The Federal Government is hounding Senator Bukola Saraki even after he has been prosecuted but discharged and acquitted by the Supreme Court, after the government failed to substantiate claims of false asset declaration against him.

“The PDP holds that this renewed witch-hunt tailored against Sen. Bukola Saraki and perceived opposition leaders further confirms that the Buhari Presidency and the APC have become frenetic over the overwhelming evidence that our party will present at the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal,” the rest of the statement reads.

PDP’s confrontation is taking place on the same day the Presidential election tribunal resumed hearing on the petition by Atiku Abubakar seeking to be announced as the authentic winner of the February 2019 presidential election.

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