Following the quizzing of a governorship aspirant, Mr. Osagie Ize-Iyamu, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for allegedly collecting some dubious funds amounting to over N700 million, a socio-political group, Edo Renaissance Agenda, ERA, has cautioned the state Peoples Democratic Party against people with tainted credentials.
ERA in a statement signed by Monday Inusa on Thursday said the people can ill afford to go into the main election with people who have financial questions hanging over their heads as it could impact heavily on their chances.
According to the group’s spokesperson, the questioning and detention of Ize-Iyamu by the EFCC should be concern to all well-meaning members of the PDP in Edo state.
“The ERA wishes to caution the Edo State PDP to earn from the recent past and the aversion by Nigerians to people who are believed to have milked their common patrimony.
“As we go into determining who is going to be our gubernatorial candidate in the next election, it is important that the PDP urges those with corruption issues to go sort themselves out with the anti-graft agencies and return with a certificate of clean bill of health.
“The party cannot be encumbered with any aspirant or candidate running between the courts and campaign over corruption related matter. For us as a group, we would resist any such individual until we are convinced the charges do not hold water. On the other hand, we will continue to support the party until victory is achieved at the polls ultimately.”
Ize-Iyamu, was questioned, detained and then released on administrative bail on Wednesday for allegedly receiving N700million from a trench of $115million deposited by former petroleum minister, Mrs. Diezani Allison-Madueke for campaign purposes during the last presidential election which has become a subject of EFCC’s investigation.