PDP: Mu'azu Not Under EFCC Investigation
Says party's chairman never embezzled state fund BEVERLY HILLS, CA, January 26, (THEWILL) - The ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday rose in defence of its new National Chairman, Alhaji Ahmadu Adamu Mu'azu, saying the former Bauchi State governor is not under any investigation.
In a statement issued by the party's National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, PDP said its chairman did not embezzle any state funds while in office and couldn't have been under investigation by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC).
"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.
"However, for the purposes of these opponents, the PDP wishes to state the following:That the true position is that at the end of his tenure as governor of Bauchi State, Governor Mu'azu, like many other governors who had completed their tenures, was invited by the EFCC to respond to some petitions.
Governor Mu'azu was never invited again by the EFCC on any other issue.
"The succeeding government, elected on the platform of the defunct opposition All Nigeria Peoples Party (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 nor 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.
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.
"Consequently, Governor Mu'azu remains 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.
"Governor Mu'azu, is duly appointed as the National Chairman of our great party and is totally committed to performing his duties irrespective of any attempt from any quarter whatsoever to distract or detract him from focus," the party said in the statement.