The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Wednesday arrested the Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Uche Secondus
The Head, Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujiaren, confirmed the arrest to ThisDay in Abuja.
“It is true; he is right now (4:30p.m) in our office for interrogation,” Uwujiaren stated.
Earlier, the Director, New Media of the PDP, Adeyanju Deji, had announced Secondus’s arrest yesterday through his twitter handle @adeyanjudeji.
According to Adeyanju, the EFCC had asked Secondus to return some buses he received from an unnamed person. Secondus was the acting chairman of the PDP until Monday last week when he handed over to the newly appointed party Chairman, Alhaji Ali-Modu Sheriff.
The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, recently regained his freedom after a protracted incarceration by the anti-graft agency.
He was accused of receiving N400 million from a former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd).
However, the party has described the arrest as oppressive, lamenting the unfair treatments against its key leaders by the federal government.
In a statement by the PDP National Legal Adviser, Victor Kwon, the party said the arrest and detention of Secondus was part of the grand script by the All Progressives Congress (APC)-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.
“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,” he said.