By Damilola Oyedele in Abuja
The Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has disowned a statement credited to him by Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) on why the Senate declined to confirm Mr. Ibrahim Magu’s nomination as the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The group, according to media reports, quoted the ex-governor as saying: “Magu wants us to confirm him so he can use some of us for pepper soup.”
Akpabio in a statement by his Special Assistant Media, Mr. Jackson Udom, described the statement as laughable, and an imagination of the purveyors’ minds.
The Minority Leader challenged MURIC to disclose the location where he made the statement, or who the audience was.
The statement read in part:
“We would want MURIC to disclose the location where Akpabio purportedly made the statement, the audience he addressed and also provide a record of the interaction before Nigerians would take them and their infantile claim serious. We believe MURIC, as a serious organisation should not be a purveyor of beer palour gossips, that defy reason and logic.
“From the record of proceedings in the Senate on the day Magu was screened, which was streamed live, we are yet to see the scene where the Senate Minority Leader made such non existing statement. We therefore, challenge Mr. Ishaq Akintola, who claimed to be the director of this group to go beyond mere allegations, in order to please his pay master, but should go a step further by providing proofs to buttress his wild and unfounded allegations.
“Those behind this blackmail and campaign of calumny against Akpabio should note that even the coinage of the statement is very much unlike Akpabio. The Senate Minority Leader, even in his very informal discussions, couldn’t have gone that low with such a flawed statement. Akpabio is not a tout, therefore such statement as quoted above couldn’t have been made by the former governor,” it stated.