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2023: EFCC To Investigate Sources Of Funds Used In Buying Nomination Forms

BENJAMIN OMOIKE

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has said the Commission will investigate the sources of funds used by politicians to purchase nomination forms ahead of the 2023 general elections.

This was disclosed by EFCC Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, when he featured in a Channels Television’s programme, Politics Today, on Friday.

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, first announced their expression of interest and nomination forms to be N40m for President and N20m for Governorship.

The All Progressives Congress (APC), took the conversation to another level, by pegging their nomination and expression of interest forms for presidential aspirants at N100 million and N50 million for their governorship counterparts.

There have been calls by many Nigerians for the anti-graft agency to immediately investigate any aspirant who pays for the very expensive forms.

The EFCC boss in reaction to these calls said: “When it comes to the issue of monitoring election funds, as well as candidates’ funds, that has to do with the work of INEC in this regard, but, of course, we are working hand in gloves with INEC and other related agencies in that field to ensure that we follow the money, we know the sources, whether they are legitimate or illegitimate because that is what concerns us.

“You know that we are concerned about good governance. We are concerned about transparency and accountability. We are also concerned about ensuring that corrupt elements are not given leadership positions in this country.

“That is one of the things we are working behind the scene to ensure, that at least we make our positions known on some certain actors within the political space in this country.”

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