A civil society organisation, has alleged that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, is being used by influential Politicians to influence the outcome of the 2019 Governorship election, in Zamfara State.
The Zamfara Unity Forum, said that it has information that Daudu Lawal, the ‘consensus Governorship Candidate’ of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has been arrested and detained by the EFCC, for over a week, ‘as part of the grand plan to influence the election’.
“It is unfortunate that the EFCC will allow itself to be used to influence the outcome of the Zamfara Governorship election, with the arrest of Mallam Lawal, for reasons nobody has been told up till now”, Usman Bungudu, the Convener, Zamfara Unity Forum, said in a statement.
“His friends and Associates have reported that all efforts to reach him have proved abortive, meaning he is being kept incommunicado. How can EFCC keep someone for a week, without giving information to his family.
“Information reaching us now suggests that the EFCC is planning to resurrect charges that had been dispensed with years ago, just in time to pressurise him to drop out of the Governorship race, in favour of the anointed Candidate, or somebody else. This is definitely a threat to this democracy. Institutions of State, such as EFCC, should never allow themselves to be used to further the political interests of certain sections.”
The group called on President Muhammadu Buhari, to call the EFCC to order, so that the credibility of the 2019 general elections is not called to question.
“Today former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, is being respected both locally and internationally, because he is believed to have allowed credible elections to hold in 2015. If President Buhari does not call EFCC to order, as we are seeing in Zamfara State, then his legacy will be questioned, and this will hunt him”, Bungudu said.
In reaction, the Acting Spokesperson for the EFCC, Tony Orilade, confirmed that Lawal was being detained by his Commission. He said that the Politician is being investigated for alleged fraud.