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Secondus: I’m A Victim Of APC’s Political Persecution

Posted: Mar 4, 2016 at 5:28 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chief Uche Secondus, the deputy national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), related his experience at the hands of agents of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in his onging corruption trial.

Secondus was arrested on Tuesday, February 23, 2016, and kept in custody on allegations of receiving exotic cars from Mr. Jide Omokore, an oil magnate and ally of Mrs. Diezani Alsion-Madueke, former minister of petroleum resources, for distribution to members of the PDP as part of the party’s campaign during the 2016 general elections.

On Wednesday, March 2, 2015, the EFCC released Secondus on bail, after withholding his passport and ordering him to deposit a bond with sureties in the sum of a N750 million each.

Speaking for the first time on his ongoing trial,  Secondus told newsmen in Abuja that he has been friends with Omokore for over 20 years, and in the last 10 years he has received gifts from the businessman, including cars and buses for his “personal use.”.

He said: “I don’t have any knowledge of the so-called transaction the investigators are alleging he had with NNPC.

“Against this background, it is most disheartening that the facts of the matter under investigation have been grossly misrepresented in the media, apparently under inducement by some political opponents in the APC, particularly, a minister from Rivers State.

“This is in line with the strategy of the ruling party to hide under the anti-corruption fight to humiliate the leadership of our party.

“I have been granted bail under very stringent conditions after eight days in detention. Since the EFCC did not establish any case against me, I find my needless detention a clear case of witch-hunt and pure political persecution that has become a stock in trade of the APC government.

“My immediate concern is the denial of the fundamental human rights, excessive physical incarceration and the orchestrated negative media campaign completely skewed against those being investigated.

“Nevertheless, I hereby restate my confidence in the rule of law and the relevant institutions for the resolution of this matter on its merit in the interest of justice.”

Secondus, like some other officials of the PDP and the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan, since the party lost power at the centre, have come under the spotlight for alleged acts of corruption and looting of state funds.

They include Col. Sambo Dasuki, former National Security Adviser; Chief raymond Dokpesi, founder of DAAR Communications and a stalwath of the PDP; Chief Olisa Metuh, PDP national secretary; and Mr. Patrick Akpolobokemi, former head of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency.