Human rights activist, Mr. Emmanuel Adejoh, has assured the nation that Buhari’s anti-corruption stance would soon come under the light in Kogi State with the emergence of Prince Abubakar Audu as the governorship candidate for the All Progressives Congress, ahead of the November 21 governorship election in the state.
Prince Audu is standing trial over sundry corruption charges, ranging from money laundering to embezzlement of public funds.
In a chat with newsmen in Anyigba, Adejoh said the APC, under the leadership of President Mujammadu Buhari, shouldn’t have allowed someone whose integrity was tainted to contest under his party.
He said: “The essence of the APC screening of candidates for the election was supposed to ensure that only credible people are allowed to contest the governorship poll.
‘’I am not a politician but as a citizen of this state, I am waiting for the day Buhari will stand on the podium to lift the hand of Prince Audu who has been accused by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission of corrupt practices.
“Though Audu has not been convicted, many people in the state are already insinuating that Audu is desperate about the governorship in order to alter the course of justice. But I think he has the constitutional right to contest the election”.
Adejoh called on political parties in the country to stop parading corrupt individuals as candidates for political offices, saying leaders must be people who only see the good of all.
Meanwhile, a political pressure group, Team Kogi 2016, has challenged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, not to be intimidated by the recent emergence of Prince Abubakar Audu as the governorship candidate of APC in Kogi State.
The group in a statement signed by Comrade Sam Yinka, said it was imperative for the anti-graft commission to substantiate its charges against the former governor in order to give the fight against corruption in the country a new vista.
“In the days of Jonathan, political allies were said to be shielded from anti-graft agencies. President Buhari must know that the main reason Nigerians voted for him was his anti-corruption credentials. He must not sacrifice this hope on a platter of politics,” the statement read.