By Emmanuel Oloniruha
The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Uche Secondus, has challenged the Minister of Culture and Information Alhaji Lai Mohammed to be ready to proof in court that he collected N200m from the National Security Adviser (NSA).
Secondus made the challenge in a statement issued by his spokesman, Mr Ike Abonyi, on Friday in Abuja.
He said he is challenging Mohammed to be ready to establish his allegations in court immediately.
Secondus said that the agenda of the minister was to damage his reputation and distract him from serving PDP, adding that such agenda would fail woefully
“For the purposes of some gullible public, Prince Secondus never collected any money from the NSA under any guise.
Also listed at the news conference by Mohammed were former PDP Financial Secretary who allegedly collected N600 million from the same source on the Oct. 24, 2014.
“Then National Publicity Secretary Olisah Metuh, who is on trial for collecting N1.4 billion from the office of then NSA.
“Dr Raymond Dokpesi, Chairman of DAAR Communications, on trial for taking N2.1 billion from the office of then NSA.
“Former SSA to President Jonathan, Dudafa Waripamo-Owei, on trial over N830 million kept in accounts of four different companies.
“Former President Jonathan’s Cousin Robert Azibaol, – on Thursday, a Federal High Court ruled that he has a case to answer for collecting $40 million from the office of then NSA.”
Mohammed in giving the teasers, was responding to an earlier challenge by the PDP asking the federal government to name the country’s looters.
Also, the PDP in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan described the teasing list released by the Minister of Information as hollow and laughable.
The party described the list as an extension of Federal Government’s media trial and challenged it to come up with names of its members against whom the government had secured convictions.
Ologbondiyan stated that the list put forward by the Federal Government as purported looters amounts to a cheap blackmail, saying that none of those listed have been indicted or convicted by any court of competent jurisdiction or any panel of enquiry in the country.