The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has called on the new Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abdulraheed Bawa, to re-engineer and restore professionalism in the anti-graft Agency, Page 36 learnt.
The PDP in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, urged Bawa to avoid the pitfalls of his immediate predecessor, Ibrahim Magu, by resisting all partisan pressures to use the Commission as a tool for political persecution, harassment of dissenting voices, settling of personal scores, as well as for personal enrichment.
The party noted that “such tendencies eroded professionalism in the EFCC, compromised its activities, and diminished the public confidence with regards to fairness, impartiality, and even-handedness in the handling of cases”.
The new EFCC Chairman was reminded by the PDP, that “the EFCC was articulated and established by the PDP administration to fight corruption, and not as a tool for oppression and intimidation of innocent Nigerians, for political and other unjustified reasons”.
The statement partly read: “PDP notes that for the first time, the Chairman of the EFCC is drawn from the pool of trained Investigators of the Commission, and Nigerians expect the new Chairman to bring the benefits of his training to bear, by sanitising the system, and restoring professionalism, in line with international best practices.
“Furthermore, our party urges the new EFCC Chairman to bear in mind that, given his young age and training, he should exhibit the ideals of the Generation-Next Nigeria, in reciprocation of the confidence Nigerians repose in him.”