Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is set to invite the immediate past Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu; and a former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, over the car gifts they allegedly received from oil baron, Jide Omokore.
Already, the EFCC has detained the Deputy Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, since Tuesday for allegedly receiving 23 exotic cars (worth N302million) from Omokore.
However, a source within the PDP told our correspondent that the vehicles distributed by Omokore to several party leaders were far more than 23 as the vehicles were meant to be distributed across the country.
Omokore, whose firm was one of the companies that allegedly received multi-billion dollar public assets without due process in 2011, is an ally of former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, and has been in detention for over a week,
His company, Atlantic Energy Limited, is accused of lifting crude oil, but only remitting a fraction of its worth to the government.
According to detectives at the EFCC, the funds used for the purchase of the vehicles were sourced from crude oil receipts, which Omokore failed to remit, while the vehicles were allegedly given to key PDP chiefs who mobilised for the party in their respective states.
The commission, it was learnt, has been unable to arrest Mu’azu as he has been out of the country for some months. He is believed to be in either Dubai or Singapore.
Mu’azu is needed by the commission to explain the N10billion given to PDP delegates at the National Convention that picked Jonathan as the party candidate in 2014. The money was received through the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation.
Similarly, Obanikoro, who holds American Green Card and is currently studying in the United States– since the defeat of Jonathan, was said to have received five vehicles from Secondus.
“Some of the vehicles were given to Secondus but other PDP leaders received the vehicles, which were mostly Sport Utility Vehicles. We were told that Obanikoro received five of such vehicles. The two of them, Muazu and Obanikoro, are needed to make clarifications on the cars,” a source said.
Spokesman for the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, said he was not aware of the moves to invite Obanikoro and Muazu.
However, Obanikoro said in a statement by his media aide, Mr. Jonathan Eze, that he never received any vehicles from anybody during the last general elections, adding that he was busy preparing for his final exams and did not have time to be responding to frivolous accusations.
He said, “This is another malicious lie from the pit of hell. My principal never collected any car or cars from Jide Omokore. In fact, we doubt that he can utter such a statement because Senator Musiliu Obanikoro has never had any transaction with him. Those behind the desecration of his name should get busy with worthwhile things just the way my principal is busy studying,” his media aide Eze said.


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