- Senator Bassey Albert claimed the allegation of fraud levelled against him by EFCC is untrue
- The senator said an opposition party is using the anti-graft agency to blackmail him into defecting from PDP
- Albert said Senator Godswill Akpabio should be charged to court instead of him
Senator Albert Bassey, representing Akwa Ibom northeast district, has alleged that the opposition party is using the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to blackmail him into defecting from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The EFCC recently filed a charge against Bassey, accusing him of receiving 12 cars worth N254 million between 2010 and 2014 as bribe, while serving as the finance commissioner during the administration of Godswill Akpabio.
Bassey, while reacting to the charges said: “As a commissioner, I reported to my governor. So, if anybody is to be charged to court, it should be the governor to whom I reported.”
The senator, according to a report by Sahara Reporters claimed that the charges by EFCC is a ploy to get him to defect from his political party.
He said: "Whatever case you are seeing is orchestrated by someone in this state to coerce me into the APC. You can’t tell me if I jump over to APC, all charges will be dropped."
Recall that NAIJ.com previously reported that EFCC claimed Bassey received the vehicles between 2010 and 2014 from Olajide Omokore, a businessman.
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EFCC slammed a 14-count charge bordering on corruption on the duo. Bassey is to face a seven-count charge of bordering on corruption as a public officer and for inviting bribes as a result of his own action.
On his part, Omokore is also facing a seven-count charge bordering on offering gratification to a public officer and giving bribe on account of the action of a public officer.
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