Kassim Afegbua, a member of the Peoples’ Democratic Party has petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC).
Afegbua in a statement, demanded that the anti-graft agencies scrutinise the PDP’s National Chairman, Uche Secondus, in the spirit of transparency, accountability and book-keeping in line with the exisiting anti-corruption laws.
According to him, much of the financial transactions of the PDP under Secondus administration has been shrouded in mystery.
He therefore accused the leadership of deliberate attempt to shortchange the party in the build up to the 2023 general elections.
In the petition, “Afegbua is asking the anti-graft agencies to look into and scrutinise close to N10b naira that allegedly accrued to the party’s purse from 2017 till date especially those that were as a result of sales of nomination forms for Presidential, Gubernatorial, House of Assembly and Senatorial elections, saying as an opposition party, the leadership should lead by example by ensuring that there is transparency and accountability.”
He specifically accused Secondus of “not living up to the expectations of strengthening the party to play its formidable role as a virile opposition party.”
Afegbua added that, “avoiding the use of the party’s bank accounts and resorting to the use of one MORUFU NIGERIA LIMITED allegedly as a conduit pipe for financial mismanagement in the sales of forms in 2019 was an abberation.”
He therefore called on the EFCC and ICPC Chairmen to urgently ensure that due diligence is carried out to safeguard Nigeria democracy and guarantee the interest of the party’s overwhelming members.
The PDP member in the statement added that, “in the event the anti-graft agency delays in carrying out its investigation, he would have no option but to seek a legal redress in the law court.”