Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom says no amount of “torment or persecution” will make him rethink his defection from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
In an announcement issued on his behalf by Terver Akase, his chief press secretary, the governor accused the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC) of being a strike squad of the ruling social gathering. He additionally alleged that the federal authorities had been utilizing the anti-graft company to “cripple governance within the state.”
The assertion reads “after succumbing to nationwide condemnation of its unlawful freezing of Benue State Authorities accounts, the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee, EFCC has resorted to yet one more shameful act in its desperation to cripple governance within the state.
The anti-graft company’s newest transfer is the bandying of figures in nationwide dailies claiming that such figures are these of transactions within the accounts owned by the Benue State Authorities. It launched figures allegedly withdrawn from the Benue State Authorities accounts with out disclosing the dates of the withdrawals and the interval throughout which they had been made.
The fee has additionally not been ready to state accounts into which such monies withdrawn had been paid to show that the funds had been diverted. EFCC is contented with publishing the figures with out stating how impropriety has been established.
Are authorities monies supposed to be stored within the accounts indefinitely with out expenditure? Their goal is seemingly to give Governor Samuel Ortom and his administration a foul title. On this rating, it’s clear that the EFCC has now turn out to be each a strike squad of the APC for torment, and their regulation court docket for the trial and conviction of political opponents.
The fee might torment and persecute Governor Ortom and his subordinates on the directives of the powers that be as a lot because it serves their functions, however he will neither be distracted nor rethink his defection from APC.”