The ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has dismissed the corruption claims reportedly made against a former Minority Leader of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, by Itse Sagay, an Anti-Corruption Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Recall, that Sagay, a Constitutional Lawyer and Professor, was reported to have expressed his reservation about Akpabio’s Ministerial nomination by President Muhammadu Buhari.
“The only nominee I am not satisfied with is Godswill Akpabio. I do not know how he got into the list. That is the only one I have a reservation about”, Sagay was quoted to have said.
“You know when we have a programme in which anti-corruption is number one, if anybody is under investigation or not, I don not think it is wise to include him in that list. But the President knows why he did that. Apart from that, I am quite happy with the list”, Sagay, who is the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, PACAC, reportedly said.
However, the APC in reaction, said that the former Akwa Ibom State Governor “does not have any case with the EFCC or any other anti-graft Agency. Hence he is clean and has never been indicted of stealing”.
The party disclosed that it was surprised by the statement credited to Sagay.
“It is true that a petition was filed against the Senator, at the EFCC, by an Abuja-based Lawyer, soon after Senator Akpabio left Office as our State Governor, in 20I5.
“These cases were thoroughly investigated by the Agency. The Petitioner then withdrew the petition when he could not substantiate his allegations, and the EFCC could not establish the veracity of the allegations in the petition.
“In that case, we note that Prof. Sagay was patently wrong in his assertion about the nomination of Senator Akpabio”, the APC said in a statement from its Spokesperson in the State, Nkereuwem Enyongekere.
The party congratulated Akpabio and thanked the President for the nomination.
Recall, that the EFCC in 2015, quizzed Akpabio for at least two days, over a multi-billion naira fraud allegation against him.
Akpabio was alleged to have committed the fraud when he was the Governor of Akwa Ibom State.
Recall also, that Akpabio in August 2018, resigned his position as the Senate Minority Leader in the 8th Senate, and defected from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the ruling APC.
He however, failed to win his re-election back to the Senate, in the 2019 general elections, and is challenging the election results at the Election Petition Tribunal.