• Asks Buhari to arrest failing economy

Damilola Oyedele in Abuja

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus in the House of Representatives has said the manner of harassment of the opposition party members, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is making the anti-corruption battle lose its appeals.

The members asked the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government to concentrate on delivering on its campaign promises of reviving the economy, providing social welfare and arresting the fall of the naira.

The Minority Leader, Hon. Leo Ogor, while addressing journalists in Abuja thursday, berated the EFCC for the arrest of the PDP former Acting National Chairman, Mr. Uche Secondus, on what he described as frivolous charges.

“When you sell a specific product for too long, it loses its value. The way they are going about the anti-corruption is not right, arresting everybody, we may get to a stage where the EFCC becomes a political dog, which is what is happening. The president should call the EFCC to order, or rather the EFCC should call itself to order,” Ogor said.

Flanked by PDP members, the minority leader said while the party backs the anti-corruption fight, it should not be used as a tool of intimidation, or to silence a vibrant opposition.

“They have no business arresting him (Secondus), if he was given vehicles by a private businessman for political campaigns, there is no crime there, because that is normal practice around the globe.

“The billions they (APC) spend during elections to charter jets and other expenses, where did it come from? They were given vehicles and funds by different groups and persons during the campaigns,” he added.

Ogor lamented that the anti-graft commission suddenly recalled it had a case of fraud of N300 billion against the current PDP Chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff, immediately he emerged Chairman.