PDP laments as EFCC arrests Uche Secondus
• Party condemns action, says Ekweremadu, Akpabio on seizure list
• Anti-graft agency awaits court’s nod to arraign Moro over N676b scam
IT is more woes for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday arrested Uche Secondus who served as the Acting Chairman of the party’s National Working Committee from 2015 to 2016.
Secondus who was a two-term Rivers State chairman of the party was picked up yesterday morning by the commission in connection with an investigation that concerns Jide Omokore, an ally of former President, Goodluck Jonathan, and Chairman of Atlantic Energy Drilling Concepts Nigeria Limited.
Meanwhile, the EFCC is waiting for the court to fix a date for the arraignment of former Minister of Interior, Abba Moro and other four persons indicted in the N676 million immigration recruitment scam.
A reliable source within the commission told The Guardian yesterday that the anti-graft agency was ready for the arraignment and had filed the charges but would need to wait for communication from the court in order to be given a date for arraignment.
“The commission is ready to arraign the accused persons but the court is yet to fix a date”, he said.
The Guardian was reliably informed last night that Secondus was alleged to have received some exotic cars from Omokore .
“What he benefited was not financial as such. He allegedly received some luxury cars from Omokore, and on this he has been asked to come and offer some explanations,” the source said.
The EFCC invited and quizzed Omokore in connection with some multi-billion dollar petrol import and crude export deals, among other allegations on January 27 and has since been released on an administrative bail as investigations continue.
The PDP yesterday expressed dismay over the arrest of Secondus , describing it as another example of oppressive and unfair treatment against its key leaders by the Federal Government.
A statement by the PDP National Legal Adviser, Victor Kwom said the arrest and detention of Secondus by the EFCC was part of the grand script by the All Progressives Party-led Federal Government to decimate the opposition.
‘‘We are also aware that plans have been perfected by the Federal Government 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.
“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.”
Moro, who has been in detention since Monday morning, will be arraigned along with Anastasia Daniel Nwobia, F. O. Alayebami, Mahmood Ahmadu (who is at large) and Drexel Tech Global Nigeria Ltd, which was allegedly used to obtain money online from the applicants in the failed recruitment exercise of March 2013.
Another reliable source told The Guardian that 676,675 persons applied for the recruitment examinations, each of whom paid N1,000. The five persons are, therefore, charged for N676 million.