Lagos-based Civil Society Organisations, One Voice and the Independent Alliance Project, have called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to focus on the financial records of state governors with a view to curbing corruption.
Speaking at a town hall meeting on election financing, in Lagos, the Executive Director of IAP, Adedeji Adeleye, said there was an unsettling silence about the activities of both past and current governors.
He noted that Nigerian governors had become too powerful hence many people would rather keep quiet about their financial recklessness.
“The silence by stakeholders at the state level is a major challenge as far as the anti-corruption war is concerned. Governors are the ones calling the shots in their states. So, it is difficult to bring them to book,” he said.
Adeleye called on anti-corruption agencies to go the extra mile in encouraging whistle-blowers in different states to come up with information on the financial affairs of governors.
He also said that the laws establishing the EFCC and the Independent National Electoral Commission needed further reforms.
This, he said, would empower the agencies to address recurring challenges.
On electoral reforms, he said, “There is the need for electoral reform to tackle rigging, widespread rejection of declared results and loss of lives and property during elections.
“The sections of the law to be reformed relate to the use of card readers for the accreditation of voters and electoral violence. There are holes in the law as evident in the recent decisions of the Supreme Court regarding election petitions. Sadly, the electoral law has endorsed the use of card readers but the Supreme Court overturned it.”