Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, a PDP senator from Delta state, is the man spearheading the move to probe the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). In fact the chairman of the EFCC is expected to appear before a senate committee on Wednesday (today) to defend himself against allegations that he has diverted up to one trillion naira in funds recovered by the EFCC.
Even though Nwaoboshi belongs to the PDP, he has emerged as one of the strong backers of senate president, Bukola Saraki of the APC. He showed public loyalty to Saraki when he escorted the wife of the senate president to the EFCC head office on the day she was invited for questioning over alleged fraudulent acts. Nwaoboshi and four other senators, stormed the EFCC office with their supporters, inconveniencing staff of the commission and making it difficult for them to do their jobs. Now, Nwaoboshi is leading the charge against Lamorde.
The PDP senate caucus on Tuesday however voiced opposition to the probe and called for its stoppage.
In a statement signed by the Senate Minority Leader, Sen. Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom), Sen. Phillip Aduda (FCT), Sen. Emmanuel Bwacha (Taraba) and Senator Abiodun Olujimi (Ekiti), the PDP senators said: “It has come to the notice of the PDP leadership in the Senate that the Senate Committee on Public Petitions would begin a public hearing on Wednesday, 26th of August 2015 and the Committee has invited the Chairman of EFCC to appear before it.
“The PDP leadership in the Senate is not against any committee of the Senate performing its oversight duties and or functions but we feel that this is not the appropriate time to embark on this most important assignment, particularly since this same action was mooted and has failed at previous plenary session.
“We therefore urge the committee to suspend its public hearing on this particular matter until further notice.
“The PDP Senate leadership reassures the Nigerian public of its support for the war against corruption by the Federal Government of Nigeria but hastens to add that such fight against corruption should be total and not selective.
“Nigerians need peace at this period of economic challenges precipitated by the falling oil prices and actions that will overheat the polity and generate unnecessary friction between the Executive and the Legislature should be guided.”