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Defection: Group Accuse Senator Bwacha of Seeking ‘Political Immunity In APC’



A group, Southern Taraba Concern Citizens, has alleged that the defection of lawmaker representing Taraba South Senatorial District, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha, from Peoples Democratic Party to All Progressives Congress was to seek 'political immunity'.

Aside from seeking political immunity, the group also said that the move was to 'hide the fraudulent activities and poor performances by Senator Emmanuel Bwacha.'

Speaking during a press conference in Abuja on Friday, the group's Coordinator, Hon. Daniel Likam, said that the lawmaker only used allegations of witch-hunt by the State Governor, Darius Ishaku, to cover his tracks and escape his looming political irrelevance.   

He also alleged that Bwacha's defection was to ensure the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission let him off the hook following the political maneuvering, a trend he said, had been the hallmark of APC by providing safe haven for corrupt politicians.  

Likam said, "We want to make it very clear to the world that contrary to the speculation that he left the PDP in Taraba because he was not welcomed anymore in the party by our  Governor,  we must say that his exit from PDP Taraba is never a problem to worry about rather he decamped to the APC due to the pressure of EFCC  as other former corrupt PDP members did, a trend we are appealing to the President of Nigeria and APC national Leadership not to entertain and welcome to the ruling party people with such questionable records of financial misappropriation.

"The senator has lost touch with the electorates who elected him, he is on his way out of politics and government that is why he is desperately  seeking for a soft landing from prosecution by joining the ruling party to get political immunity from investigation by the hard working EFCC who are already closing in on his case." 

He, however, called on the EFCC and media to begin investigation into the lawmaker's dealings, particularly the misappropriation of funds meant for southern Taraba senatorial district and accrued to the senator.  

"If there is any politician that has been so lucky, blessed and rewarded by our democracy since 1999 and has always been in office most of the time till now from Taraba state  is senator Emmanuel Bwacha,  but it might also interest you all to know he is one person who does not have any reasonable capital project he executed to his credit in our constituency considering the number of years he has been in office and the taxpayers money that he has been given to work with or even supervise its usage .

"In view of this, we are appealing to the press to beam their lights on the activities of the senator in Southern Taraba and also encourage  the EFCC to as a matter service to Southern Taraba senatorial district and the nation to continue with the good work of their deep investigation on the misappropriation of funds meant for southern Taraba senatorial district and we as a concern group from the southern zone of Taraba are ready with more facts, figures and even pictures to support our allegations and petition aside the ones we have already submitted before now."

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