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New PDP chair not under EFCC probe

27 January 2014, 07:47Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has denied media reports that the newly-elected chairman of the party, Alhaji Ahmadu Adamu Mu’azu, is under investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for alleged misappropriation and embezzlement of state funds during his tenure as a governor.

“Our attention has been drawn to mischievous and misleading publications in some sections of the media purporting that our National Chairman, His Excellency, Alhaji Ahmadu Adamu Mu’azu is under investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for alleged misappropriation and embezzlement of state funds during his tenure as the Governor of Bauchi state.  The said publications are completely false and baseless and part of the vicious scheme by the opponents of our party to distract our National Chairman from his determination and commitment to rebuild and reposition the PDP as the pre-eminent party in Nigeria,” National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, stated.

He argued that at the of his tenure as Bauchi State Governor, Mu’azu, like other governors who had completed their tenures, was invited by the EFCC to respond to some petitions. He had since never been invited again by the EFCC on any issue, said Metuh.

“The succeeding government, elected on the platform of the defunct opposition ANPP in 2007 instituted a Panel of Inquiry which went ahead to issue a White Paper against Governor Mu'azu despite the fact that he did not appear before it. In the exercise of his lawful rights, Governor Mu’azu challenged the entirety of the White Paper in suit no BA/295m/2009 at the Bauchi State High Court, No. 1. The suit was heard by no other judge than the Chief Judge of Bauchi State, Justice Mohammed Ibrahim Zango, who after hearing all the arguments, set aside the whole findings and quashed it into the dustbin of history,” Metuh said.

He added that Mu’ azu thus remained cleared of all allegations as contained in the said White Paper.

“It is then highly misleading for any person to make statements or sponsor publications purporting that Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu is under investigation or any form of trial whatsoever. We urge those behind such statements and publications to desist from such, bearing in mind that there is divine judgment for those who bear false witness against the innocent.”

– CAJ News


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