THE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) should forget nursing any intention to take over the constitutional responsibility of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over political parties’ electoral campaign finances.
This follows declaration by Ibrahim Magu, Acting Chairman, of Magu had on Thursday that the Commission will monitor the inflow of funds into parties ‘bank accounts in order to ensure compliance with the Electoral Act.
But the opposition party in its reaction on Friday accused the EFCC of plot to stifle opposition parties to pave way for the emergence of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.
PDP Spokesperson Kola Ologbondiyan noted that though the PDP was not against compliance with financial prudence, the exuberance being exhibited by the EFCC was aimed at favouring one party to the detriment of others.
“The PDP as a party is in support of financial discipline and strict compliance with the Electoral Act. But we are saying that the business of monitoring finances of political parties for campaigns belongs to INEC, not the EFCC.
“Magu should dust the files of alleged corrupt elements in the ruling party and stop playing to the gallery. All he is out to do is to intimidate the opposition ahead of the elections but the opposition is more than ready and prepared to send the APC packing come 2019,” Ologbondiyan said