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PDP Snate Caucus denies accusing Tinubu of working with EFCC

PDP Snate Caucus denies accusing Tinubu of working with EFCC

The Senate Caucus of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday denied reports that it accused All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu of colluding with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to harass its members in the upper chamber.

A national daily, ThisDay, yesterday published as its lead story: “PDP Caucus Accuses Tinubu, EFCC of Conspiracy to Destroy Senate”. In the story, the newspaper claimed that the Senate Caucus of the opposition party alleged at a meeting convened by its leadership at the weekend that Tinubu was conniving with the EFCC to harass senators.

But it was learnt last night that the Senate Caucus had not met in the last three weeks.

Besides, a source said the caucus never discussed Tinubu at any of its previous meetings, the last of which was held to receive the report of the Governor Seriake Dickson-led PDP Reconciliation Committee.

The source listed Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, Senate Minority Leader Godswill Akpabio, House of Representatives Minority Leader Leo Ogor and others as some of the PDP leaders in the National Assembly that attended the Caucus’ last meeting.

It blamed the newspaper report as the handiwork of mischief makers, adding that the PDP should not be identified with it.

Also yesterday, the caucus washed its hands ofF the report through its South East Caucus Leader in the Senate, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, who said that the caucus did not at any time discuss Tinubu at any meeting.

Abaribe said: “It is far from the truth. We did not at any time discuss Senator Tinubu (Bola) at our meeting and nobody accused the EFCC of anything.”

The Abia South senator noted that the PDP Senate Caucus would not descend to the level of attacking individuals or institutions for the sake of vendetta.

The report linking the PDP Senate caucus, he said, should be disregarded.

The EFCC is probing a former Heritage Bank Executive Director, Mr. Robert Mbonu, three aides of Senate President Bukola Saraki and three others on how N3.5 billion believed to be part of the Paris Club loan refund was wired into some accounts.

The cash is said to be part of the N19 billion allegedly diverted from the N522.74 billion initial refund to states.

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