- The allegation of N10 billion fraud is tearing the main opposition, PDP, apart
- The EFCC on Tuesday, May 18, mandated the national chairman of the party, Uche Secondus, to release officials indicted in the alleged fraud for questioning
- A member of the party, Kazeem Afegbua, had petitioned the anti-graft agency over the alleged fraud
Following a petition written by a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Kazeem Afegbua, against the leadership of the party over alleged N10bn fraud, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has commenced investigations into the claim.
Nigerian Tribune reports that the EFCC has asked the national chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, to release three party officials for interrogation.
Legit.ng gathered that the officials who are expected to appear before the commission for investigation are the national auditor, national organising secretary and the director of finance.
The report said they allegedly featured in a case of criminal conspiracy, abuse of office, diversion of funds and fraud that the commission is investigating.
According to the anti-graft agency, the need to obtain clarifications from the party had become imperative.
The Punch reports that a document obtained on Tuesday, May 18, indicated that the anti-graft agency had written a letter inviting the party’s three officials to meet with its head of operations at its national headquarters, Abuja, beginning from Wednesday, May 19.
The newspaper noted that the letter of invitation with reference number: CR:3000/EFCC/ABJ/EG2/12 / Vol 2/146, dated May 17, 2021, was addressed to the national chairman of the PDP, Secondus.
The letter reads:
"The commission is investigating an alleged case of criminal conspiracy, abuse of office, diversion of funds and fraud in which the need to obtain certain clarifications from your party has become imperative.
“In view of the above, you are requested to kindly release the under-listed officers of your party to attend an interview with the undersigned on the below scheduled dates at the economic governance section 2, EFCC Headquarters 2nd floor, flat 301 and 302 institution and research district, Jabi, Abuja by 1000 hours.”
Afegbua alleged in the petition that money generated from the sale of forms and other sources totalling N10bn was unaccounted for.
Kola Ologbondiyan, the national publicity secretary of the party, and other leaders, however, dismissed the claim as untrue.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that former senator Dino Melaye and his group, the Anti Corruption Network, on Wednesday, March 31, visited the headquarters of the EFCC, Abuja to submit more evidence of alleged corruption against Governor Bello of Kogi state.
It was reported that in a tweet made by Melaye after the submission of the petition, the activist expressed satisfaction about the investigation by the EFCC.