Anambra state government has fired back at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for the reported alert placed on Governor Willie Obiano.
A statement by the state commissioner for information and public enlightenment, C. Don Adinuba, admitted that Governor Obiano without doubt intends to relocate to his base in the United States of America, as soon as he leaves office
He however accused the EFCC of sounding inelegant in the claim that Governor Obiano plans to flee by March 17, 2022, when his tenure will end.
“As early as Wednesday, March 4, 2020, he announced his decision to a meeting of the Anambra State Council of Elders, comprising such personages as the erstwhile Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku; the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Alfred Achebe who is also the chairman of both the Anambra State Council of Traditional Rulers and the Southeast Council of Traditional Rulers…”
Mr. Adinuba accused the EFCC of descending to a ‘new low’ by no providing any reason for placing a serving governor on its watch list.
The commissioned referenced a letter it wrote on November 15, 2021, to the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service asking it to inform the anti-graft agency anytime the governor is travelling out of the country.
He stressed that “Governor Obiano is out of the country currently. And he travelled through one of the country’s international airports.
“He did not disguise himself, but rather left the country with his identity fully disclosed at the necessary immigration point.”
The commissioner alleged that those behind the recent campaign against the governor are not different from those who were not favourably disposed to an election in the state earlier in November, and are known by everyone.
“They are those who didn’t want the November 6 election to hold. They are those in high places who unsuccessfully canvassed for emergency rule in Anambra supposedly on security grounds.
“They are those who masterminded the Birnin Kudu High Court charade in Jigawa State over the APGA leadership and, more importantly, the authentic APGA candidate in the November gubernatorial election in Anambra State.
“They are those responsible for the sacrilege of a customary court in Abuja issuing criminal summons to Professor Soludo, a former Central Bank of Nigeria governor.
“These people are still fighting the gubernatorial battle on behalf of their badly defeated friends and political associates in the Anambra vote. They will fail badly, as they have done in the recent past.”
The statement urged the anti-graft commission to resist the temptation of being dragged into politics and the euphoria of media trial as “its ongoing ‘Anambra drama’ is in bad taste.