Saturday, 23 January 2016

PDP will not provide sureties for Metuh - Jalo


The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party has said that it will not provide sureties for its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh.
The party said since Metuh was being prosecuted for offences that have nothing to do with it, its embattled spokesperson should look for those who would stand as sureties for him.
Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Alhaji Abdullahi Jalo, told Punch in an interview 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. Sabo Dasuki (retd.).

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.
There were anxieties on how he would meet the conditions in order to ease his release from the prisons.
Jalo, however, said the party would not be involved in the search for the sureties.
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 of Metuh were “doing everything possible to get the sureties” as demanded by the courts.

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