The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has yesterday, identified 54 corrupt aspirants on the platform of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP.
The commission said it has forwarded their names to the party to disqualify them from contesting for any public offices.
Othman said he was in support of death penalty for corrupt practices, stressing that such measure was imperative, considering the damage done to the nation by corruption.
He noted: “If you consider the quantum of money stolen by such persons and the attendant hardship inflicted on the ordinary people, one sees a clear manifestation of animalistic behaviour.’’
Othman said the EFCC was determined to carry out its plan in the best interest of the country, adding that the commission had been keeping a tab on the financial transactions involving some corrupt politicians currently aspiring to contest in the 2011 elections.
He said the commission would stand in the way of corrupt officials to electoral success adding that the EFCC planned to work with the political parties and INEC in disqualifying corrupt aspirants, “but if all else fails, their names will be made public.”
Othman said the commission had embarked on public enlightenment across the country to ensure that Nigerians were duly informed on the need to elect credible politicians into public office.
Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Abubakar Bage, who represented the governor, said the state government would support the commission’s actions that were deemed to be in the overall interest of the country.
The EFCC team was in Gombe on enlightenment tour of the state.