The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has demanded from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) the immediate unfreezing of the financial accounts of Akwa Ibom and Benue states reportedly blocked by the Commission.
Akwa Ibom is a PDP state while Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom recently decamped to the party.
In a statement Wednesday night, issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP said the freezing of the accounts of the two states was politically motivated and therefore unacceptable.
The party therefore called on Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to immediately order the EFCC to unfreeze the accounts, describing the action by the EFCC as a direct attack on innocent Nigerians in the two states.
He said the action of EFCC was illegal, unconstitutional, overtly wicked and unjustifiable under any laws and practice of Nigeria and cautioned the presidency not to hide under the EFCC to unleash punishment and hardship on the people in states perceived to be opposed to the All Progressives Congress (APC) 2019 re-election bid.
“Nigerians are all aware that no section of our constitution or any law in Nigeria for that matter confers any agency of the federal government with powers to interfere or put any restrictions on funds belonging or accruable to states as federating units of our nation.
“Apart from its state assembly, no other government body or institution has the powers of appropriation or restrictions on any funds belonging to the state,” the PDP spokesman said.