Best Gift To Nigerians Is Credible Election – PDP Chairman

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Uche Secondus believes the best gift that the Federal Government can give to Nigerians is to conduct credible elections in 2019.

Secondus said this in on Tuesday while addressing a gathering in Umuahia, the Abia State capital during a one day working where he criticised President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration and the All Progress Congress.

He also warned Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to allow the will of the people to prevail as Nigerians would resist any act of rigging in the forthcoming elections.

“I believe that the best gift and project that the APC government led by President Buhari will give to Nigeria is to conduct credible elections, having failed in all other things, and then they will go with honour.

“INEC, this is a warning to you; you must be prepared to conduct free and fair elections. Nigerians will resist rigging, you must give the people what they deserve and that is free and fair 2019 election,” the PDP chairman said.

He further blamed the government for what he described as “the rot in the system,” including incessant killings by suspected herdsmen and instability in the petroleum sector among others.

Secundus asked the government to take responsibility for its inability to lead the country in good governance, noting that the socio-economic development has taken a downturn.

“I am not pleased with what is happening in this country today, and the All Progressive Congress party and the government must be held responsible,” he said.

“We must blame the Federal Government of APC for mismanagement, misinformation and abandoning their responsibilities to protect lives and properties. Everything has collapsed, the government has collapsed, no fuel, no food for the people.”

The PDP chairman, however, said his party was on a rescue mission to save the nation, informing Nigerians that Nigeria would soon witness a political tsunami.

“This is not a time for politics, it is time for reality,” he said while cautioning the government against playing politics with people’s lives.

Secondus maintained that the PDP would reclaim power from the ruling APC in 2019 in its bid to rescue the country and its people and secure the future of the younger generation.

He said their focus is on the Nigerian youths whom he said must be prepared to take their destiny in their hands.

PDP BoT Hand Over Party Leadership To Makarfi

The Board of Trustees, BoT, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Tuesday handed over the mantle of leadership to the recently constituted Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee.

Speaking at the National Secretariat of the party in Abuja, the party’s BoT Chairman, Sen. Walid Jibrin said he was handing over the secretariat to the Makarfi-led committee, appealing to party members to cooperate with the committee to deliver on its mandate

Dismissing reports that the board took over the party’s leadership, Jibrin said the board was only holding the assets and liabilities of the party in trust.

Also speaking, former Deputy National Chairman of the party, Uche Secondus said the party is working towards producing leaders who will in turn lead the party to victory in the next general election.

“The party is one and is strong. On behalf of members of the former National Working Committee of the PDP, I am here to handover to the Caretaker committee chairman, we are ready to work with you, we are ready to cooperate with you,” he said.

Refund N310m For 23 Cars, EFCC Tells Uche Secondus

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Deputy National Chairman Uche Secondus has offered to return the 23 luxury cars he got from a business associate of the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke.

But the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) asked Secondus to refund to the Federal Government N310 million, being the worth of the vehicles.

Secondus may however remain in detention for a while because the anti-graft agency is still probing his relationship with an oil baron.

There were indications yesterday that the screening of Secondus’ financial transactions might provide more clues beyond the 23 vehicles.

Secondus was quizzed for hours yesterday by EFCC operatives.

A source, who spoke in confidence, said: “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.”

Responding to a question, the source added: “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.”

There were indications last night that Secondus might remain in detention for a while, pending the conclusion of investigation into his activities with the oil baron.

“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 vehicles bazaar has created shocks in PDP because most leaders of the party were unaware.

A member of the 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. “The revelation is shocking,” he said, adding:

“The way some leaders of the party hijacked the campaign machinery is baffling. At least, some of us did not get from these vehicles”.

The former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, was still in Lagos as at last night in continuation of interrogation on “some funds received from NIMASA”.

Another EFCC source said: “The team managing investigation on NIMASA is yet to release him. I think he has a lot to answer on funds got from NIMASA. Badeh will remain in Lagos for a while.”

The EFCC is yet to vacate the restriction order on Air Chief Marshal Badeh’s accounts and those of 17 other military chiefs detained over the $2.1b arms deals.

The EFCC source said: “The investigation of these former and serving military officers is still ongoing. The restriction order on their accounts is yet to be vacated.”

Some of those affected are the most senior Air Force officer, AVM A. M. Mamu (the Chief of Administration); AVM O.T.Oguntoyinbo (former Director of Production, Defence Headquarters); AVM R.A. Ojuawo (Air Officer Tactical Air Command, Makurdi; AVM J.B. Adigun(former Chief of Accounts and Budgeting in NAF); and AVM JA Kayode-Beckley(Director, Armament Research in Air Force Research and Development Centre); AVM T Omenyi (MD, NAF Holdings), four top officers at the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) – Air Cdre. A. O. Ogunjobi; Air Cdre. G.M.D. Gwani; Air Cdre. S.O. Makinde; Air Cdre. A.Y. Lassa and Col. N. Ashinze , who was the Special Military Assistant to the ex-National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.).

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PDP Deputy National Chairman In EFCC Net

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday detained the Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, for allegedly receiving 23 choice vehicles from a business associate of ex-Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke.

He was also grilled for about eight hours on the curious gifts.

Secondus’s detention has created panic in PDP because some leaders of the party allegedly benefitted from the vehicles’ allocation.

Taraba: Judiciary Remains Window Of Hope For Democracy – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party says that the Judiciary has shown that it remains the window of hope for democracy to strive in this country.

The party said that the bold and patriotic approach of the Supreme Court of the land in the various tribunal cases goes a long way to show that it is indeed the last hope of the down trodden.

“Without such landmark judgments from the Supreme Court perhaps there would have been no Nigeria and we salute them for their courage in delivering justice to the people.

“We therefore warn APC and the federal Government to stop insulting judiciary as there is nowhere in the world that a ruling party go about hauling abuses on the judiciary.

The statement signed by the Acting National Chairman of the party Prince Uche Secondus reacting to Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling in favour of PDP’s gubernatorial flag bearer Darius Ishaku of Taraba state, said all hope is not yet lost for democracy.

According to Secondus, the Supreme Court ruling not only establishes the judiciary as a utility arm in stabilizing the nation’s polity but as the voice of the voiceless.
“The ruling is a vivid reflection of the will of the people of Taraba State and goes a long way to show the strength of our party in the state.

While congratulating the Governor for his victory, the party charged him to remain resolute in delivering dividend of democracy to the people in line with the manifesto of the PDP.
He also congratulated the people of Taraba state for their resilience in standing up for democracy and charged them to remain steadfast in their support for PDP especially now that it has become obvious that the All Progressives Congress APC has nothing to offer Nigerians.