EFCC is working to make sure that the money that was used to buy nomination forms ahead of the 2023 elections is legitimate.
Abdulrasheed Bawa, the head of the EFCC, said this on Friday when he was on Channels Television’s Politics Today.
During the current affairs show, he 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 for hand in gloves with INEC and other related agencies in that field to ensure that we follow the money, we know the source, whether it is legitimate or illegitimate because that is what concerns us.”
Bawa’s remarks came after a public uproar over the cost of major political party nomination forms. The APC’s presidential nomination form is N100m, while the PDP’s is N40m.
Many Nigerians feel the fees are excessive given the country’s economic position. Others say the decision jeopardizes the democratic process
But he reaffirms the EFCC’s commitment to election integrity.
“You know we 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,” said the 41-year-old EFCC chief.
“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.”
According to him, the need to work with other agencies is “to ensure some certain synergy within the system.”