The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC; the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, ICPC, and other anti-graft bodies in the country should intensify its investigations and recovery of stolen funds.
The All Progressives Congress, APC, made this call on Thursday.
The party said the call became necessary in view of the coming election in 2019.
In a statement signed by its Acting National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Yekini Nabena, the party said the recovery of the funds would stop corrupt public officers from pumping such funds into election for their selfish gains.
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The party said the country could no longer entrust its fate in the hands of corrupt government officials as had been the case in the past.
“Our call to anti-graft agencies is imperative as we prepare for the 2019 general elections. We must check the use of stolen public funds to finance elections in this country. Again, it is important that the Nigerian electorate have the opportunity to choose from candidates that can pass the integrity and corruption test. We must ensure that we never again entrust the leadership of this great country to gang of thieves whose sole aim is treasury looting as brazenly displayed in past Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) administrations,” the party said.
The party added that the call was also a bid to ensuring that the campaign promise of fighting corruption was realized.
It expressed happiness that so far, the war against corruption had been very successful.
Said APC: “Meanwhile, in line with our promise to combat corruption, the fight against graft has been hugely successful and the gains are clear. The bold effort of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to instil probity in our national life has led to the gradual disappearance of the era of impunity.
“Commendably, President Buhari in line with his tough anti-corruption stance recently signed into law the Nigerian arm of the global financial intelligence unit – Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU). We are confident that the new law will boost ongoing efforts to combat money laundering, terrorism financing and check suspicious transactions, especially as we prepare for the 2019 elections.”