- PDP national chairman, Secondus, has reacted to a fraud allegation levelled against him by one of the party members, Kassim Afegbua
- Secondus who reacted through his lawyer asked Afegbua to apologise and pay him N1 billion in damages
- Afegbua, a former aide to Oshiomhole of the APC, had dragged Secondus to the nation's anti-graft agencies over alleged N10 billion fraud
Uche Secondus, the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has demanded N1bn in damages and an apology from a member of the party, Kassim Afegbua, over fraud allegations levelled against him.
Legit.ng gathers that Secondus’ demands were contained in a letter by his lawyer, Emeka Etiaba (SAN), dated Thursday, April 29, 2021, and addressed to Afegbua.
Afegbua was an aide to Adams Oshiomhole when he was the governor of Edo state but recently returned to the PDP.
He had dragged Secondus to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) over alleged N10 billion fraud.
In the petition, Afegbua had asked the anti-graft agencies to scrutinise the N10bn that allegedly accrued to the PDP from 2017 till date, especially the money that accrued from sales of nomination forms for different elections.
Secondus’s lawyer said apart from the petition filed before the anti-graft agencies, Afegbua made some defamatory claims against the PDP chairman in a press statement he authored.
According to him, Afegbua's claims portrayed Secondus as a fraudulent man whose financial dealings are shady, PM News also reported.
He added that the claims also portrayed the PDP chairman as a fraudster who is incapable of holding the office of the party’s national chairman.
Contrary to Afegbua's claims, Etiaba said in all the positions Secondus held, he served without blemish.
He noted that Afegbua’s false claims has challenged his (Secondus’) right standing in society as a trustworthy person.
Etiaba warned Afegbua in the letter:
“Take notice that if you fail to retract your said publications, apologise to our client in the said newspapers with the same prominence with which you published the offensive statements and pay the sum of N1bn to him as damages all within 48 hours from the date hereof, we shall proceed to institute an action to seek redress from a court of competent jurisdiction."
In another report, the PDP chairman has sent a warning message to the federal government over the 2023 general elections.
He said the election would not be realistic if the current security situation in the country continues to deteriorate.
Legit.ng gathered that Secondus made this known while speaking during an emergency meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party in Abuja on Thursday, April 29.