From: Ismail Omipidan
A group, Anambra Conscience Movement, has petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) alleging that some governorship aspirants were diverting aids and funds obtained for their constituents to bribe delegates at the governorship primaries.
The petition was jointly signed by the group’s president, Chief Godwin Chukwuyenlu and secretary, Prince Osita Nwankwo, and received by the EFCC, last Friday.
In the petition dated August 9, 2017 , the group among other things said: “We also have received credible information that orders have been placed for a large number of cars, tricycles and motorcycles to be diverted for election campaign purposes. These orders are to be paid for with funds which are supposed to be used for constituency projects but have been diverted.
“Also some of the materials like sewing machines, grinding machines, motorcycles etc are materials which were collected over the years for empowerment of constituents from the MGD office and other empowerment agencies of government but were hoarded and are now being used to induce delegates.
“Several of the people being given these items are not from within the constituencies being represented by the members who are involved in this. Every Senator and Honourable member has a specific constituency which is not the whole state. The act of denying constituents their rightful benefits and the use of such materials for campaign purposes and outside the constituency it is originally meant for is condemnable and must be stopped immediately.
“The Electoral Act provides that candidates for election into the office of Governor of a State should not spend more than N200, 000, 000:00 (Two Hundred Million Naira) only and should not receive donations in excess of N1, 000, 000:00 (One Million Naira) only from any individual.
“It is based on the above that we earnestly request that you swing into urgent action and put a stop to this unbridled looting and diverting of funds as it will be a lot easier for the Commission to prevent and recover these monies before it gets lost in the euphoria of campaign.
“We call on you to immediately invite all the aspirants who are currently public officers including the above named members of the National Assembly to inquire into the sources of the humongous amounts of money they are sharing, unravel to confirm the source of money and the identity(ies) of the public officer(s) who has or have ordered for the cars, tricycles motorcycles, sewing machines and other items.
“We hope our intervention and your anticipated urgent action will help save our country from the clutches of corruption as we hope to consistently notify you of any acts of corruption noticed in the run up to this election.”