The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party has distanced itself from the embattled National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh as it said it will not provide sureties for him. According to Punch, the party said the offences committed by Metuh have nothing to do with the party, hence he should look for people to stand as sureties for him.
This was revealed by the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Alhaji Abdullahi Jalo, who said on Friday in Abuja that it would be wrong for anyone to be expecting the party to provide sureties for Metuh when the party did not benefit from the money he allegedly collected from the former National Security Adviser, Lt Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.).
He said, “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 Metuh were “doing everything possible to get the sureties” as demanded by the courts.
It would be recalled that Olisa Metuh is facing charges for allegedly collecting N400m from Dasuki, an offence the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission described as money laundering.
Though Metuh said he actually collected the money, he said it was for a job he did for former President Goodluck Jonathan. Metuh has, however, remained silent on the type of job he allegedly did for the former President. He is also being prosecuted by the EFCC for allegedly tearing the statement he made to the commission while under interrogation.
The PDP spokesperson has denied both offences, and he is currently being remanded in Kuje Prisons, Abuja, by two different courts pending the time he would meet the bail conditions.