The sacked national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has summoned his legal team for guidance as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), under the new leadership of Mohammed Umar, swoops in on high profile politicians, including Oshiomhole, whose files were found in the home of Ibrahim Magu, the suspended EFCC chairman, last week.According to a source who spoke on condition of anonymity, the new EFCC boss, Umar, has commenced investigations into all the cases contained in the files that were recovered from his predecessor’s house after a search was carried out It was earlier reported that Magu was said to have been shielding some high profile politicians, from justice, with several tactics designed to delay their trial.
Coincidentally, Oshiomhole‘s arrest is coming at a time his friend and the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, is entangled in a N700m money laundering case preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Since 2016, Bishop Dr. Osadolor Ochei JP, a human rights activist and anti-crusader based in Benin City, has vigorously pursued the corruption case he initiated through a petition to the EFCC, alleging that Oshiomhole violated relevant sections of the constitution when he acquired a sprawling city of mansions in his home town, Iyamho, worth over N10 billion, while in office, amongst other allegations.
An Edo-based political analyst, Mr Egbon Usoh, who spoke on the development, said the probable arrest of Oshiomhole will end Ize-Iyamu’s governorship ambition.
“The imminent arrest of Oshiomhole will mark the end of Ize-Iyamu’s ambition to be governor of Edo State.
“Oshiomhole as we all know is the force behind Ize-Iyamu in the ongoing electioneering campaign, though that force has been weakened substantially since his sack as the national chairman of the APC, so Oshiomhole’s arrest should worry the Ize-Iyamu’s camp,” Usoh said.
All efforts to reach Oshiomhole to comment on the development proved abortive, as he was said to be meeting with his lawyers for guidance. Oshiomhole’s associate who pled anonymity, said; “the former APC national chairman is very busy at the moment. He will not talk to journalists now. He has even suspended all political engagements for now, including his support for Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu’s campaigns.”