The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has apprehended another senior member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), National Working Committee, Uche Secondus.
Bear in mind, the opposition party’s National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, is currently facing trial over his alleged involvement in the diversion of public funds meant for arms purchase into the campaign fund of the party’s presidential candidate in the 2015 general elections, Dr Goodluck Jonathan.
Secondus, who is a former acting chairman of the PDP, was allegedly arrested on Tuesday by the anti-graft agency in connection to the ongoing investigation on Mr. Jide Omokare, chairman of Atlantic Energy Drilling Concepts Nigeria Limited.
Omokore is being investigated by the anti-corruption agency over multi-billion oil swap deals between his firm and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
The company owned by Omokare was one of those accused of lifting crude oil worth billions of dollars, but only remitted a fraction of its worth to government coffers.
It could not be ascertained if Secondus was a beneficiary of the shady crude oil swaps, however, it was gathered that he was asked to offer explanations on campaign buses donated to the erstwhile ruling party by Omokare.
Operatives of the anti-graft agency were said to be probing the source of the funds used to purchase the vehicles, some of which were allegedly meant for party’s officials.
A source close to the privy squealed that the PDP chieftain was being interrogated not only in connection with the vehicles donated to the party, but, also, “other relevant issues”.
Meanwhile, a statement issued by the party’s national legal adviser, Victor Kwon, lamented “the oppressive and unfair treatments against its key leaders by the Federal Government”.
“The party alerts the nation that the arrest and detention of its Deputy National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is part of the grand script by the APC-led Federal Government to decimate the opposition,” the party said.
“The party said it was also aware of plans to “arrest and detain the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio and other leaders of the party on imaginary charges”.
“Indeed, intelligence available to the party shows that the Federal Government, using its various agencies, is bent on destroying any opposition to the ruling party as all indications show that the government is more interested in humiliating the PDP than fighting corruption.
“Finally, we state that this war on the PDP and its leaders has indeed gone too far. It has now become a mockery of democratic practice,” the party claimed.