*We are only being persecuted
Former Minister of National Planning, Prof Abubakar Olanrewaju Sulaiman has questioned EFCC’s powers to probe donations made by oil marketers to Jonathan campaign ahead of 2015 general elections.
Prof Sulaiman, who served under former President Goodluck Jonathan, is being prosecuted by the EFCC alongside Mr Mohammed Dele Belgore (SAN), over N450 million 2015 presidential campaign fund
In a statement he personally signed on Wednesday, the former Minister posited that they were being persecuted.
The statement reads: “Recently, Mr. Mohammed Dele Belgore (SAN) and my humble self, were invited by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to its Lagos Office for questioning on N450million campaign fund during the 2015 Presidential elections.
“Of course, we were in the EFCC’s custody for a few days and today, by the grace of God, we were granted bail on self-recognisance.
“It is however apt to put the record straight and situate the development within the context of the politics currently playing t under the present administration.
“I wish to state unequivocally that this didn’t come to me as a surprise. It is a continuation of politics by other means, and that has nothing to do with the source of election funds that emanated from the presidential campaign office.
“The question is; what has EFCC got to do with donations voluntarily made by oil marketers to Jonathan government?
“The commission, in a bid to implicate us and set the general public against us, was busy struggling and frantically searching for better word to use. The whole charade is an abuse of prosecutorial power.
“But I assure you it cannot stand in any court of law. We shall fight hard to prove our innocence and I believe the judiciary is there to do justice to this case. Thank God, we are not being alleged to have personally enriched ourselves with the so-called fund.”