Auwal Musa, the National Youth Leader of the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP), has accused the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of engaging in a political witch-hunt against the party’s 2023 presidential candidate, Rabiu Kwankwaso.

Musa criticized the EFCC’s decision to probe Kwankwaso, asserting that there is no valid justification for the investigation. In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Musa stated that probing an “honest and hardworking” individual like Kwankwaso would be a futile endeavor.

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He argued that the investigation is driven by political adversaries aiming to tarnish Kwankwaso’s reputation. Musa challenged the EFCC to present concrete evidence supporting the allegations. “I challenge EFCC to come up with facts on the allegations; otherwise, we consider it an attempt to witch-hunt and victimize him,” he said.

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Musa also questioned the timing and focus of the investigation, noting, “Why did the EFCC wait this long to investigate him, nine years after leaving office, and also why investigate party affairs?”

Highlighting Kwankwaso’s achievements, Musa urged people to visit Kano to see the developments under Kwankwaso’s tenure as governor, as well as his records as a Defence Minister and Senator.

Musa called on the EFCC to dismiss any politically motivated petitions against Kwankwaso, emphasizing that such actions are merely attempts to discredit him.