A member of the Board of Trustees, BoT of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief Austine Edeze, has given his opinion on why the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, may not probe the party’s 2015 Presidential election campaign funds.
Speaking yesterday in Abuja, Edeze said unlike the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, which used public funds to sponsor their campaigns, there has been no indication that APC used public funds for its campaign.
The party chieftain also accused PDP, under former President Goodluck Jonathan of looting oil money generated by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC.
“Not all campaign funds must be probed; not all campaign funds were illegally amassed. The probe is not because it was campaign fund; it’s because you have taken the money from where you shouldn’t. If you have stolen the money meant to fight insurgency or earmarked for another government project, then you should account for it. So, those being probed are being probed for stealing, not because they spent campaign fund.
“And if you use money from a legitimate source, it would not be probed for the mere fact that it is campaign fund. The issue is the source of the fund, not because it was campaign fund. If the APC got their own campaign funds from legitimate sources, then nothing makes it criminal, because it was used for campaign.”