By Onyebuchi Ezigbo
The immediate past Acting National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, has described his arrest and detention by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over allegations that he collected 23 exotic cars from one Jide Omokoari as baseless and unfounded.
Secondus was granted temporary freedom through an administrative bail on Wednesday night after meeting stringent bail conductions given by the EFCC.
However, while absolving himself of guilt, the PDP Deputy National Chairman said contrary to allegations that he got 23 exotic cars, he only received two cars and an undisclosed number of buses from Omokoari.
He described the EFCC allegations and his subsequent incarceration as part of political intimidation by the All Progressives Congress (APC) against the opposition political parties.
According to him, the cars were gifts from Omokoari who has been his standing friend for over twenty years.
Secondus also said in a statement he issued on Saturday that it is far from the truth that he collected twenty three exotic cars from his friend of over 20 years.
Secondus said: “My friend of over twenty years gave me two cars and buses gifts staggered between 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 and these are verifiable facts from the way bill and manifest from Skymit Motors Ltd. The vehicles were given to me as gift as he, Jide Omokoari can attest to this.
” I was also made to understand before receiving the gifts of the vehicles that it was from credit arrangements that Jide Omokoari had with the Skymit Motors.
“There is no truth in the EFCC allegations that I collected 23 exotic cars purchased from proceeds of oil swap. These facts can be cross checked from my friend, Jide Omokoari, as he never made such claim, contrary to some media reports.