Kwara PDP Takes Credit For Toyin Saraki’s EFCC Ordeal, Exonerates APC, Tinubu

Toyin SarakiThe Kwara State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party on Sunday debunked speculations in some quarters that the All Progressives Congress-led federal government and one of its national leaders, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, were behind the ongoing investigation of the wife of the President of the Senate, Toyin Saraki, for corruption.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, had last week requested Mrs. Saraki, who was the first lady of Kwara between 2003 and 2011, to make herself available at its headquarters in Abuja to answer questions bothering on alleged questionable inflow of funds into companies in which she has interest.
The statement has contradicted the position of a group of senators loyal to the Senate president, under the aegis of ‘Like Minds’, the Kwara APC and former Senator Joseph Waku, who all at separate occasions, blamed the national leadership of the party and one of its national leaders, former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu of being behind the EFCC invitation of Mrs. Saraki.
The spokesperson for the pro-Saraki senators, Dino Melaye, had expressed concerns that the probe might not be unconnected with the ongoing National Assembly leadership crisis.
The Kwara APC had in its reaction faulted the timing of the EFCC invitation, saying it was politically-motivated while Waku in his reaction, claimed he had investigated and found out that Mr. Tinubu was the mastermind of the “baseless petition” that led the anti-graft agency to move against Mrs. Saraki, a charge the former Lagos governor denied.
But in a statement Sunday, the Kwara state chapter of the PDP said it was a petition it (PDP) wrote that landed Mrs. Saraki in hot waters with the EFCC.
“It has become imperative to inform the members of the public that we have every reasons to believe that a petition recently submitted to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Kwara state chapter is largely responsible for the invitation and eventual criminal prosecution of the former Kwara First Lady and wife of the Senate President, Mrs. Toyin Saraki”, the party said in a statement by its spokesperson, Rex Olawoye.
The PDP added, “It will be recalled that our party had sometime early this year discreetly submitted a petition to the EFCC detailing how certain individuals in high places under the past administration of Dr. Bukola Saraki milked the state dry and left the people more impoverished than they met them.
“In the said petition, we carefully chronicled how state officials, including former First Lady, Toyin Saraki, former Special Adviser to the Governor on MDGs, Mr. Ope Saraki, Personal Assistant (PA) to ex-Governor Bukola Saraki, one Mr. Abdul Adama from Kogi state, a former Commissioner for Information, Mr. Tunji Morounfoye, all working in a ring, got enmeshed in a cesspool of corruption unprecedented in the history of Kwara state or any other state of the federal for that matter!
“Although, we believe that the arrest and prosecution of Mrs. Toyin Saraki is long overdue, we nevertheless take solace under the fact that the long arm of the law seems to have finally caught up with her and her cronies. We are particularly delighted that our painstaking efforts at chronicling the monumental heist that defined the eight years, almost uneventful rule of former Governor Bukola Saraki in Kwara, has not gone unnoticed.
“We therefore commend the EFCC for its resourcefulness and painstakingness. We pledge our cooperation with the EFCC and all other relevant anti-graft agencies to ensure that all those who knowingly looted our collective patrimony, but now walking the streets of Kwara free with their ill-gotten wealth, do not go unpunished.
“We urge the anti-graft agency not to buckle in to pressure or blackmail that is already being mounted by political jobbers over Mrs. Saraki’s invitation by the EFCC. Instead of sponsoring paid activist-for-hire to stampede the EFCC out of the prosecution, one would have thought that the most moral thing for Toyin Saraki and her handlers to do now is to allow the law to take its cause. Since the duo of Ope Saraki and Tunji Morounfoye are already standing trial for their crimes, one would expect Mrs. Saraki too to seize the moment and clear her name, instead of playing to the gallery.
“For the avoidance of doubt, we reiterate that the offences Mrs. Saraki is being accused of are criminal in nature and such offences are not known to be statute-barred. Therefore, the fact that it took over five years after Mrs. Saraki left office as Kwara First Lady before she is eventually brought before the law does not matter.
“What matters is that justice is ultimately served, especially for the sake of the hard-working Kwara civil servants, poor Kwara farmers and the promising children of Kwara who were and are still being subjected to all manners of deprivations as a result of the rapaciousness of a privileged few who could not contain the temptations to stare clear the cookie jar”.