Count Us Out Of Anti-Buhari Protests – Ekiti CNPP
The Ekiti State Chapter of the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties, CNPP has expressed its opposition to any planned protest rally against President Muhammadu Buhari and Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, over the freezing of Governor Ayodele Fayose’s accounts by the anti-graft agency in connection with the alleged arms cash traced to the governor’s accounts.
The CNPP said the EFCC should be allowed to perform its constitutional duties as directed by the constitution, urging Buhari and EFCC to intensify efforts in anti-corruption war.
It stressed that such was the only hope for the country to survive as a nation.
In a statement at the weekend by the conference at the end of their monthly meeting, it expressed disgust at the inclusion of CNPP among other groups mobilising to protest against the President and EFCC for freezing the governor’s accounts, saying that as a law-abiding political group, it would show respect to the judicial intervention that the governor had already initiated.
About three weeks ago, the EFCC said it traced some cash believed to be part of the alleged proceeds of arms purchase fraud in the office of the National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, which was transferred to the governor’s account to fund Ekiti State governorship election in Fayose’s favour.
The conference comprising 18 political parties, including AD, PPA, DPP, NCP, LP, ADC and KOWA among others, said as a law-abiding group, which respects the constitution of Nigeria, it would not be party to any protest over the matter that was already before the court of competent jurisdiction.
“Apart from the question mark that will be put on the mor*lity and credibility of the groups storming the streets to rally in support of a clear fraudulent practice unearthed by the EFCC, it will be an irresponsible contempt of the court to protest in the matter over which the governor has already submitted himself to the court of competent jurisdiction by filling a complaint against EFCC’s action at the Federal High Court in Ado-Ekiti.
“By this statement, we declare that we are not party to any rally and we warn all the groups dropping our name to desist from doing so henceforth,” the statement warned.
The conference said it stood solidly behind Buhari’s anti-corruption war and vowed never to support any group that is promoting criminal activities that have left Nigeria in ruins in the last few years.
The conference also condemned members of the House of Assembly for protesting on the highway in support of the governor and condemnation of EFCC, which was fighting corruption to enable the country rediscover herself again for the growth and development of the economy and welfare of Nigerians.
Berating the lawmakers for living far from the social and economic realities of their constituents, the conference described as shameful the lawmakers’ action protesting against the interests of their constituencies.
“Several of them have not visited their constituencies for several months over excuses that the governor is starving them of funds.
“Now, without consulting their constituencies, they are holding a protest rally against the interest of their constituencies in favour of the same governor they routinely accuse of starving them of funds,” the conference said.