.Hon Afolami Idowu, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) stalwart in Osun State, has called for the unconditional release of Senator Iyiola Omisore by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
EFCC operatives arrested Omisore, former Osun State deputy governor, in Abuja at the weekend and he has since been in custody undergoing interrogation for his role in the alleged election funding fraud.
Sources at the anti-graft agency said that Omisore allegedly received over N1.3 billion from funds taken away from the office of the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), to fund and rig Governor Ayodele Fayose into office in 2014.
Idowu, an ardent follower of Omisore, who spoke in Lagos, while calling for Omisore’s release, said he should in the alternative be charged before a competent court of law if he had committed any offence.
He maintained that Omisore was being persecuted as part of President Muhammadu Buhari administration and the All Progressives Congress (APC) agenda to silence the opposition as he (Omisore) had been the umbrella holding the main opposition party, PDP, in Osun State.
He stressed: “Omisore seems to be the PDP in Osun State. Without him, we will not do anything. But, the ruling party at the federal level, the All Progressives Congress (APC), wants to silence the opposition. That informed the clamp-down on Omisore.
“If we have a one party system, what will happen to Nigeria? When President Goodluck Jonathan was in power, he was very liberal and allowed the opposition. President Jonathan was the most liberal president even in Africa. During Jonathan’s stay in office, he never abused his powers.
“I am not against the arrest of Omisore. But, if he committed an offence, he must be properly arraigned before a court of competent jurisdiction. The Presidency should not influence the judiciary.
“If he accuses people of using government’s money to sponsor election, how did former Ekiti State governor, Fayemi, got the huge amount he contributed to President Buhari’s election fund? He said he borrowed money from UBA for his campaigns. Why did he (Buhari) not close down UBA? “People are sentimental in this country. The media trial of the opposition politicians should stop. The government should allow the judiciary to do its job and allow separation of powers to operate within the arms of government.”