The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has launched a discreet investigation into the finances of the eighteen political parties in the country and their presidential aspirants. This followed the humongous fees paid for expression of interest and nomination forms by aspirants vying for various elective offices in the parties.
The anti-graft agency has, therefore, asked the Independent National Electoral Commission to furnish it with the bank accounts and other financial details of the political parties.
It also asked the managing directors of Access Bank and Polaris Bank to provide the details of the 14 accounts operated by the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party and another organisation believed to be connected to the opposition party.
While the ruling APC sold its presidential forms for one hundred million naira, the main opposition party pegged its forms at forty million. In addition, the APC governorship aspirants paid N50m, while persons who declared for the Senate, House of Representatives and state Houses of Assembly paid twenty million naira , ten million naira and two million naira respectively for their nomination and expression of interest forms.
The EFCC Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, last week hinted that the commission would monitor campaign finances, including the legitimacy of the funds used to purchase nomination forms ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Nigerians have been calling for probing of all politicians that purchase APC’s nomination and interest forms.