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Updated: We didn’t freeze Adeleke’s account –EFCC

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has debunked the claim which spread like wildfire on Saturday that it froze the accounts of the Adeleke family including that of Davido, the musician son of billionaire businessman, Deji Adeleke.

Deji Adeleke’s brother, Senator Ademola Adeleke is the Peoples Democratic Party gubernatorial candidate in the September 22 governorship election in Osun State.

The EFCC said on its twitter handle on Sunday night that “#Alert The EFCC Did Not Freeze the account of Senator Ademola Adeleke, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for Sept 22, 2018 Osun State governorship election. None of his family members’ account, including the musician, Davido was frozen as alleged in a number of news media.”

“For the avoidance of doubt, at no time did the EFCC place a freeze order on any account belonging to members of the Adeleke family.”

In a statement signed by National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbodiyan, the party decried “the freezing of the accounts as oppressive, tyrannical, provocative and a direct recipe for crisis in the state, given that the people of Osun are solidly behind Adeleke ahead of the election.”

The statement further said “the PDP directs its members, including state governors, officials at zonal and state chapters, national and states assembly members, all presidential and governorship aspirants as well as other stakeholders, particularly, in the southwest zone, to immediately commence movement into Osun state with their political machinery to campaign and support the PDP candidate.”

The party, however, said the freezing of the Adelekes’ accounts by an agency of the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government, a week to the governorship election, underscores the fact that APC is mortally afraid of our candidate and has been seeking ways to undermine his electoral fortunes.

“Such savage attack on innocent citizens confirms the viciousness of the Buhari-led APC administration to use any means whatsoever to subjugate Nigerians and appropriate power to itself at all cost.

“Does it not smack of political brutality that President Buhari approved the secret release of N16.6 billion to Osun APC to pay thugs to manhandle voters and rig the election, while his EFCC is unleashed to freeze the legitimate account of our candidate and his family not minding the collateral damage such would have on millions that benefit from the goodwill of the family?

“What President Buhari and his APC do not understand is that theirs is a den of thieves and that the leaders of the APC are frittering the N16 billion away.

“Moreover, the people of Osun state are completely behind Senator Adeleke and will freely vote for him irrespective of the machinations of the Buhari-led APC.

“The PDP therefore calls on the people of Osun state to collectively condemn this wickedness meted out on their son and members of his family
and ensure that they use their votes to make a resounding statement against the APC by voting en masse for their beloved son, come September 22, 2018. Enough is enough, ” the statement said.

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