The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has confirmed that Uche Secondus, its deputy national chairman, has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
In a statement signed by Victor Kwon, national legal adviser of the PDP, on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 the party lamented “the oppressive and unfair treatment 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 statement said.
“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.”
The arrest of Secondus follows a similar action on January 5 on Olisa Metuh, national publicity secretary of the party.
Metuh spent 23 days in detention and was released on January 28, but his trial – on a seven-count charge of money laundering and two-count charge of destruction of document – continues at the FCT high court.