PDP: Mu?azu is Not Under EFCC Investigation
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday denied that its National Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Mu?azu, was under investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for alleged misappropriation and embezzlement of the funds during his tenure as the Governor of Bauchi State.
Reacting to news reports, PDP said the publications were completely false and baseless and part of the vicious scheme by the opponents of the party to distract the national chairman from his determination and commitment to rebuild and reposition the PDP as the pre-eminent party in the country.
The National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Olisa Metuh, said in a statement that "the true position is that at the end of his tenure as governor of Bauchi State, Mu?azu, like many other governors, who had completed their tenures, was invited by the EFCC to respond to some petitions.
"Mu?azu was never invited again by the EFCC on any other issue. The succeeding government, elected on the platform of the defunct opposition party, the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) in 2007 instituted a Panel of Inquiry which went ahead to issue a White Paper against Mu'azu, despite the fact that he did nor appear before it.
"In the exercise of his lawful rights, 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.
"Consequently, Mu?azu remains cleared of all the allegations as contained in the said White Paper. It is then highly misleading for any person to make statements or sponsor publications purporting that Mu?azu is under investigation or any form of trial whatsoever," PDP said in the statement.
In view of this, Metuh said: "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.
"Mu?azu, is duly appointed as the National Chairman of our great party and he is totally committed to performing his duties irrespective of any attempt from any quarter whatsoever to distract or detract him from focus."