Two ex-governors charged with money laundering Despite decamping to APC

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Two ex-governors charged with money laundering Despite decamping to APC



Two former governors who last year decamped from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) are among a host of suspects to be tried by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

A former governor of Zamfara State, Mahmud Shinkafi, and that of Kebbi State, Sa’idu Dakingari, will be docked by the anti-corruption agency for breaching the country’s anti money laundering law.

Already, charges have been prepared and filed at federal high courts in the respective states, against the two former governors and their alleged accomplices.

Critics of the federal agency often accuse it of allegedly going after opposition politicians only.

However Messrs Shinkafi and Dakingari decamped to the APC last year, without citing any reasons for their action, in a wave of defections across the country. 

Critics described such defections as a means of escaping corruption charges.

In March, the two former governors attended a meeting of the ruling party’s caucus, presided by President Muhammadu Buhari, at the Presidential Villa.

PREMIUM TIMES reported Mr Shinkafi’s decamping to the APC, in November 2017, where he was received by the deputy governor of the state, Ibrahim Wakkala. The former governor, after picking his membership card, promised to work for the development of the party not only at the state level but the country as a whole.
“My coming to APC is home coming for me, because I left it before and now I am back home to my brothers and sisters. Together we are going to work for the party to become stronger and the party to beat in the state,” he said. 

Wednesday On the eve of 2017, Mr Dakingari led some high profile PDP members in his state of Kebbi into the APC. The defectors were received by the state governor, Abubakar Bagudu, and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.