The All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) has spoken in defense for Willie Obiano, the incumbent governor of Anambra after a report by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) read that he has been placed on it anti-graft agency’s watchlist.
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Obiano’s inclusion to the anti-graft agency’s watchlist was disclosed in a letter which EFCC sent to the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service dated November 15, 2021.
In the letter, the agency requested the Service to place the governor on a watchlist and inform it anytime he is travelling out of the country from any of the international airports and other points of exit.
Reacting to this and in defese to Gov Obiano, Evangelist Chinedu Obigwe, APGA’s National Coordinator of Media Warriors Forum, in a statement released, described the development as a handiwork of the “sore losers” of the just concluded November 6 governorship election in the state.
Obigwe, who is also the national president of Igbo Youth For Positive Change, stated that
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“Governor Obiano has done nothing wrong that will warrant him being placed on EFCC watchlist, but some evil forces that are hell-bent on spoiling the ongoing celebration mood of ndi Anambra want to use EFCC to achieve their evil plan.
“They will definitely wear the garment of shame because Governor Obiano does not have any skeleton in his cupboard and he has nothing to fear about EFCC.
It’s important for me to remind Bawa, the EFCC chairman, that Governor Obiano on the assumption of office for his second term invited Ibrahim Magu, the former EFCC chairman, to Anambra to lecture his appointees on how to run a corruption free government.
If the governor has a skeleton in his cupboard, he will not take such a commendable bold step. I condemn in its entirety the attempt to create the wrong impression that Governor Obiano has plans to run out of the country after handing over to his successor.
The governor does not have such a plan and he is ready to give an account of his eight years stewardship as Anambra governor.”
Howerver, it is not clear why the EFCC may have placed the governor on a watchlist. But knowledgeable sources said the move may be an indication that the agency is discreetly investigating the governor and possibly has intelligence that he plans to travel after handing over power to his successor, Charles Soludo on March 2022.