The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Deputy National Chairman, Uche Secondus has said he is willing to relinquish the 23 luxury cars he reportedly received from a business associate of the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke.
But the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) asked him to refund to the Federal Government N310 million, being the worth of the vehicles instead.
Report claims that Secondus may, however, remain in the EFCC’s custody for a while because the anti-graft agency is still investigating his relationship with an oil baron.
There were indications yesterday that the screening of Secondus’ financial transactions might provide more information beyond the 23 vehicles.
Secondus was interrogated for hours yesterday by some detectives.
A source told The Nation in confidence, that: “Secondus is still under interrogation because there are fresh clues we are looking into on how diverted oil receipts from the oil magnate were used for logistics for the PDP.
“The Deputy National Chairman of PDP has admitted that he collected the 23 vehicles from the oil baron.
“At a point during the interrogation, Secondus voluntarily offered to return all the vehicles to EFCC. He said he was willing to retrieve the vehicles from the beneficiaries.”
The source added that: “The EFCC has asked Secondus to refund N310million cash being the worth of the vehicles.
“We are actually not interested in the vehicles, as the value would have depreciated. Oil revenue was used to buy these vehicles and we are demanding nothing but the N310million.
“It is left to the suspect to cooperate with our team.”
“We will keep Secondus in safe custody. Apart from making refunds, there are other clues we have which require more interaction with him,” the source said.
Asked if Secondus might face trial, the source said: “It is not impossible but investigation is yet to be completed.”
The report claims that the vehicles issue has created shock in PDP because most leaders of the party were unaware of such.
A member of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) said some of the party’s leading lights were just hearing for the first time that vehicles were given to the party by an oil baron.
He said, “The revelation is shocking, the way some leaders of the party hijacked the campaign machinery is baffling. At least, some of us did not get from these vehicles”.