It was additionally learnt that some authorities officers have already been invited by the EFCC and ICPC for questioning for alleged fraud and misappropriation of public funds.
Speaking to SaharaReporters, a senior police officer within the Department of Criminal Investigation, Delta State Command who spoke on situation of anonymity, revealed that within the coming weeks, political associates and prime senior aides to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa shall be visitors of the EFCC and ICPC.
The senior police officer disclosed that the whole lot boils right down to the 2023 governorship election.
He additionally revealed that the plan was allegedly being orchestrated by two prime influential members of the APC within the state.
The safety officer, “The number one target for this game plan is Okowa’s very long-time aide and youths mobiliser. He works with Okowa directly in his office in Government House, Asaba. The aide has been with the governor right from when Okowa was a commissioner, Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Senator, and up till now that he is the state governor.
“The aide may be very well-liked, influential and primary robust man of Okowa. He is at all times with the governor, whether or not thick or skinny. As I speak to you now, the record is prepared for motion however I can verify to you authoritatively that the governor’s long-time aide and youth mobiliser is the primary particular person on the record to be picked up. As I advised you, there are different shut political associates and aides to the governor that will probably be picked up too. It’s going to be a critical battle within the state.”
A former House of Representatives’ member and current political aide to Okowa, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed the planned arrest, saying the first target is one of the long time serving aides to the governor.
“Yes, the story may be very appropriate. In reality, put your ears to the bottom and the primary goal is among the trusted long-time aides to the governor, he is a principal aide to the governor. Some different aides and political associates of the governor are additionally penned down and will probably be visitors of the EFCC and ICPC. This just isn’t new anyway, determined politicians use anti-graft as a witch-hunt to intimidate their opponents.
“The 2023 political chess game has started. I can confirm to you authoritatively with the intelligence before us that an APC serving senator and a senator who recently defected from the PDP to the APC are those behind this whole game. They have perfected all the plans, they have connived with the EFCC and ICPC to begin the clampdown on close associates and aides of the governor, because the APC senator vowed to be the next governor of Delta state come 2023, at all cost.
“One of the senators forgot that previously, he additionally held a number of political positions in Delta state. He was an government assistant, commissioner, and SSG earlier than turning into a senator. Don’t throw stones whereas dwelling in a glasshouse. They plan to get at Governor Okowa through the use of anti-graft companies to intimate and harass the governor’s political associates and aides. We are watching him and his cohorts and time shall inform.”
Also speaking on the issue, an executive member of the state chapter of the PDP, with knowledge of the issue, disclosed that: “The situation is now not a secret as a result of a few of these aides and shut associates of the governor have been formally communicated to. In reality, in considered one of our current conferences, it was deliberated. Former and serving commissioners, political associates, and aides of the governor have their names penned down.
“Especially, one of the principal aides to the governor, who is very close to the governor and good at mobilising the youths is among them. The sponsors of this plan are two APC senators. Because of the 2023 governorship election and for fear of the unknown, they have decided to use the EFCC and ICPC to intimidate and harass the opposition. You can’t kill the people for you to become a governor. We are fully ready for them.”
SaharaReporters gathered on the time of submitting this report that invites had been formally despatched to the principal aide to the governor and few others by the anti-graft companies.
Contacted for feedback, the state commissioner for info, Charles Aniagwu, merely stated in a textual content message, “Sorry, I can’t talk right now.”
However, an government assistant to the governor and member of the state government council, who spoke on situation of anonymity, confirmed the story to our correspondent, saying, the battle is not going to be straightforward for the APC senators within the state.
“Yes, the issue is true, even some of the concerned government officials have been sent official invitations. It’s a fact, I can authoritatively confirm to you and with intelligence before us, Delta state senator, a principal officer, and another senator who recently dumped the PDP for the APC are those behind the underground EFCC and ICPC intimidation and harassment.
“But, we’re very prepared for them. Don’t overlook that earlier than the senator left the PDP for the APC, he constantly attacked the governor verbally within the media and even vowed to come back for the governor and his individuals. The senator has the mindset that the governor and his individuals had been behind his corruption circumstances with the EFCC and ICPC as such, he’ll group up with the opposite senator, who needs to be the governor of Delta state to retaliate. They have simply stepped on the tiger’s tail.”