The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the new Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulraheed Bawa, to re-engineer and restore professionalism in the anti-graft agency and reposition it for greater efficiency.
It indicated that the moves would help the agency in resisting all partisan pressures to use the agency as a tool for political persecution, harassment of dissenting voices, settling of personal scores as well as for personal enrichment like such that was witnessed under the last chairman.
The opposition party, through a statement by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Sunday, maintained that such tendencies eroded professionalism in the EFCC and led to the downfall of the embattled immediate past Chairman, Ibrahim Magu.
According to the party, the factors compromised the anti-graft agency activities and diminished the public confidence with regard to fairness, impartiality and even-handedness in the handling of cases.
“The new EFCC Chairman is reminded that the EFCC was articulated and established by the PDP administration to fight corruption and not as a tool for oppression and intimidation of innocent Nigerians for political and other unjustified reasons.
“The PDP notes that for the first time, the Chairman of the EFCC is drawn from the pool of trained investigators of the commission and Nigerians expect the new chairman to bring the benefits of his training to bear by sanitizing the system and restoring professionalism in line with international best practices.
“Furthermore, our party urges the new EFCC Chairman to bear in mind that, given his young age and training, he should exhibit the ideals of the Generation-Next Nigeria in reciprocation of the confidence Nigerians repose in him,” the statement said.