- Vows To Drag PDP Chairman To Court If Anti-graft Agencies Gloss Over Petition
Former Spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Kassim Afegbua has made good his promise as he submitted a petition to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC), Monday, seeking the probe of PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus over allegations that he mismanaged party’s funds to the tune of N10 billion.
A copy of the petition was also filed with the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).
Afegbua stormed the EFCC and ICPC offices on Monday at about 10.30am to present his petition, something that has further escalated the internal crisis rocking the opposition party.
The New Diplomat had reported that Afegbua, who is also a former Commissioner for Information in Edo State, had vowed to take necessary legal steps against Secondus for allegedly mismanaging party’s funds generated from the sales of nomination forms during the 2019 general election.
The PDP Chieftain had also claimed that the party’s bank account have not been in operation due to a garnishee order on the accounts.
On Monday, Afegbua, fulfilled his promises by filing a petition seeking the probe of Secondus over the allegations.
The New Diplomat’s checks revealed that in the 2019 general election, the PDP charged N12 million (N2million for expression of interest and N10 million for nomination form), for the Presidential aspirants.
Also, a total of 13 candidates contested for the PDP’s primary presidential election which held at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on October 5, 2018.
Additionally, for the governorship forms, the party charged N6million, while N7million and N2.5 million were charged for the National Assembly and the House of Representatives forms respectively.
In the petition, Afegbua is asking the anti-graft agencies to scrutinise the N10 billion that accrued from the sales of nomination forms for Presidential, Gubernatorial, House of Assembly and Senatorial elections, in 2019.
Afegbua also alleged that the bank account of one MORUFU NIGERIA LIMITED was used by the Secondus-led National Working Committee (NWC) to mismanaged the funds from the sales of forms in 2019.
He also urged the EFCC and ICPC Chairmen to urgently look into the petition and subsequently reveal the details of the investigation to the public. According to him, the anti-graft agencies must protect democracy in Nigeria by guaranteeing the interest of the party’s overwhelming members.
He further vowed to take the petition to the court should the anti-graft agencies fail to carry out investigation on the allegations against Secondus.