The Peoples Democratic Party national leadership has stated that it will not be providing sureties for its embattled National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh. Metuh who has been granted bail totalling about N1 billion on two criminal cases this week faces an uphill task in meeting the bail conditions.
The party’s position is that it did not benefit from the N400m “Dasuki” money Metuh is alleged to have collected from the arms procurement deal.
The Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Alhaji Abdullahi Jalo, in an interview on Friday in Abuja, said it would be wrong for anyone to be expecting the party to provide sureties for Metuh since the party has nothing to do with the money he collected from the former National Security Adviser, Lt Col. Sabo Dasuki (retd.).
Metuh didn’t represent the party in the alleged crimes he’s being prosecuted. The party didn’t benefit from the alleged crime. So, he is going to look for sureties himself. We won’t be involved. He would carry his own cross alone, without the party being involved.
However, the National Legal Adviser of the party, Mr. Victor Kwon, said friends and associates of Metuh were “doing everything possible to get the sureties” as demanded by the courts.
Chief Olisa Metuh is facing two separate trials. The first for N400m arms money he collected from the former National Security Adviser, Lt Col. Sabo Dasuki (retd.), a charge to which he said it was for a job he did for former President Goodluck Jonathan but he remains silent on the type of job he allegedly did for the former President. The second trial is for allegedly tearing the statement he made to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) while under interrogation for the first offence. Several other notable members of the erstwhile ruling party (PDP) are also facing charges in various courts bothering on their share of the alleged Arms money.
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