A coalition of anti-corruption groups has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) to investigate a viral audio where some politicians in Delta State were allegedly discussing how they secured tribunal judgements in favour of the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Addressing a world press conference on behalf of the Coalition Friday in Abuja, John Onochie of Nigeria Stand Up for Democracy, said the EFCC and ICPC as agencies against vote buying, election rigging and other improprieties must study the audio the politicians were heard discussing how they procured victories at the tribunals.
The politicians, according to Onochie also said that they have the Supreme Court in their palms to do their will.
Part of the audio which was in pidgin English read: “This one nah draw, una win this one, we are still going to supreme court, as at three days ago, they don give am to Ovie, unfortunately, the thing leak. As I talk to you now, I dey Abuja. Nah him una carry N7million dollars go. We get money reach una? We make them realise say, the country go scatter if them try am, We use connection. We dey come supreme court. Nah supreme court self we dey, the only one we feared was appeal court.”
The group urged anti-graft agencies to invite all those indicted for questioning to ascertain the level of involvement and to bring all those involved in the alleged corrupt practices to book.
Recall that recently, the Court of Appeal affirmed the election of Sheriff Oborevwori, the candidate of the PDP in the Delta State governorship poll which was held on March 18.
The judgment was delivered nearly two months after the Delta State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal upheld Oborevwori’s election.
Source: The Guardian