THE Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has refuted the allegation that Olisa Metuh, national publicity secretary received the sum of N1.4 billion in addition to receiving N4 million monthly stipend from the Office of the former National Security Adviser.
The party said contrary to the allegations in the media, the PDP said the media reports were “completely false, mischievous and fabricated to mislead the public and derail the course of proper investigation on issues relating to Chief Metuh.”
In the statement signed by Richard Ihedia, special assistant, Metuh, the PDP insisted that neither Metuh nor his office received the figures being bandied. The party, therefore, challenged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to substantiate its allegations against Metuh that he received the said N1.4 billion figure as well as make public any evidence that he ever received N4 million monthly stipend from the ONSA.
“This office is deeply worried at the turnout of events since Tuesday when Chief Metuh was arrested and detained while fictitious figures continue to be bandied against him in the media.
“Chief Metuh, as a well-known citizen and a public figure had always stated his readiness to honour any invitation by the EFCC or any agency of government for that matter on any issue regarding any allegations against him,” the statement said.
The PDP, therefore, said the continued detention of Metuh was ostensibly part of the plot by the All Progressives Congress, APC, to silence or keep the party’s spokesperson out of circulation in order to clip its wings.
— Jan 18, 2016 @ 01:00 GMT