Former Kwara State governor and chieftain of the Abubakar Kawu Baraje – led Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Bukola Saraki yesterday attributed his ordeal in the hands of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to the fall-out of internal wrangling in the party.
The former governor, who currently represents Kwara Central in the upper chamber of the National Assembly, said he would not be surprised if he was invited again by the commission to answer to alleged financial misappropriation.
Information Nigeria reports that Saraki was a guest of the anti-graft agency on Monday and Tuesday, where he was quizzed over the N17billion bond obtained by his administration in 2010.
Speaking with newsmen in Ilorin on Thursday, Saraki explained that he had given sufficient information to the investigators at EFCC on all issues pertaining to the said bond.
He also addressed PDP youths in the state that thronged his constituency office to pledge their loyalty and support to him.
Saraki commended the EFCC operatives for being “professional” in the discharge of their duties just as he explained that the N17bn loan was spent on projects including Aviation College, irrigation project, Ilorin water reticulation, township stadium, rural electrification, KWASU, loan refunding and Kwara mall.
Saraki said, “Yes I was with EFCC on Monday and Tuesday to answer queries on the bond issue. I made it clear that bond is not money available to any government just like that; that to access it you must go through a rigorous process; that we had to submit ourselves to international evaluation before we could be given.
“I gave them details of how we spent the bond because if any government wants to be reckless it won’t be with a bond that has stringent conditions before you can access it. I listed the projects we used the money for and they are all verifiable.”