Posted by Mayowa Okekale, Abuja | 26 September 2016 | 1,442 times
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has described as shameful the threats coming from a Niger Delta group and the protest at Port Harcourt zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in support of the former first lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, over the freezing of her dollar account containing about $31.4 million.
A statement signed on Sunday by the APC acting National Publicity Secretary, Comrade Timi Frank, described the threat as baseless and empty, saying it is high time people realised that the era of campaign is gone for now.
“My candid advice to Mrs. Patience Jonathan is to apologise to Nigerians for the current economic hardship which Mr. Jonathan’s regime could have easily averted instead of sponsoring shameless protest against the government. Anyway, Nigerians are still waiting for the apology,” he said.
The statement warned the youths to desist from such shameless act of defending politicians for a pot of soup, adding that the present APC administration is fighting corruption so as to secure the future for them.
The Bayelsa-born APC publicist said it is surprising that Mrs. Jonathan had such amount of money in her custody and people from her region were dying of common water, saying, it took President Buhari’s government for example, to recently commission a water project even in Otuoke, Bayelsa State where Goodluck Jonathan was born.
He said: “The show of shame called protest at the Port Harcourt office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to demand the unfreezing of Mrs. Jonathan’s dollar accounts was uncalled for and there is nothing wrong if the former first lady explains the source of $31.4 million to the anti-corruption agency.
“The country is presently going through recession as a result of mismanagement of the economy left behind by Patience Jonathan's husband led administration which, APC is working hard to correct as soon as possible.
“It should be made clear that there is nothing wrong for EFCC to invite Mrs. Patience Jonathan for questioning if the organisation suspects a foul play in the accumulation of such a big amount of money.
“Again, the era of above the law is over. This is a change government of accountability where rule of law is paramount.
“Again, we should also remind those who have forgotten that a national leader of APC, who was once the Vice President of this nation, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, was once investigated. So, why must Mrs. Jonathan's case be different?
“We call on the leadership of the EFCC not to feel threatened in carrying out its official duty and ensure that whoever is caught in the web is properly brought to book.”
•Photo shows Mrs. Patience Jonathan.
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