The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has rejected an offer by the immediate past acting chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus, to refund the 23 luxury cars he got from a business associate of the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke.
Prince Uche Secondus, Acting Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP The anti-graft agency had arrested Secondus on Tuesday for illegally receiving the luxury vehicles from a controversial businessman, Jide Omokore.
Secondus was quizzed for hours yesterday by EFCC operatives. The EFCC asked Secondus to refund N310million cash being the worth of the vehicles since the value would have depreciated.
The vehicles included a Mercedes G63 and a Range Rover Autobiography.
He may however remain in detention for a while because the anti-graft agency is still probing his relationship with the oil baron. Reacting to Mr. Secondus’ arrest, the PDP in a statement on Wednesday said the arrest was part of a grand script by the All Progressives Congress-led 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.”
In the statement signed by Victor Kwon, its National Legal Adviser, the party said: “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.”