The fear of a possible arrest by security agencies has gripped the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. Olisa Metuh.
Out of fear of possible arrest and arraignment at the court by the EFCC, Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, admitted on Tuesday that he received some money from former President Goodluck Jonathan to get a job done, but didn’t mention what the assignment he was asked to undertake entails and the amount he received for the said job. He denied receiving money from the former National Security Adviser, Rtd. Col. Sambo Dasuki, affirming only his assignment for Mr. Jonathan.
At a crowded press conference at his office in Abuja on Tuesday, Olisa Metuh said:
In the course of my duties as the National Publicity Secretary of our party, the then leader of our party and President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria invited me and directed that I carry out some assignment relating to my office and which he duly funded.
It is important to note that the former President was fully satisfied with the way and manner I handled the assignment.”
His insistence that Goodluck Jonathan was satisfied with the way he handled the assignment seems to be implying that the arrangement was justified and legal but that is certainly not all it takes to justify an illegal action.
Mr. Metuh’s immediate response to the arms deal scandal is reportedly based on the discovery that he received N450 million from former President Goodluck Jonathan to mobilize the media for his re-election in 2015.
He also told Journalists yesterday, that the APC-led Federal Government has concluded plans to “silence” him. In a text titled, ”Government Out to Silence Me” Metuh stated
Gentlemen of the press, this press briefing is expedient, taken into consideration the times we find ourselves, especially as they relate to me.Addressing Journalists yesterday, Metuh cried out that the All Progressives Congress, APC led Federal Government has concluded plans to “silence” him.
In the last seven months, as opposition spokesperson, I have been hounded, harassed, intimidated and threatened severally. In order to avoid personal and family pressure, I had refrained from bringing them to the public domain.
However, on account of recent information available to me, I now have cause to believe that the Federal Government is desperate and may have finalized plans to silence me.
Nevertheless, I make bold to state the following: As someone who has been a private person, having not taken any public office, the choice of where, how and when to invest and conduct my personal business remains my prerogative. In this regard, I note that I never had any contract dealings with the immediate past Federal Government or any of its security apparatus.
In the course of my duties as the National Publicity Secretary of our party, the then leader of our party and President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria invited me and directed that I carry out some assignment relating to my office and which he duly funded. It is important to note that the former President was fully satisfied with the way and manner I handled the assignment.
Finally, I reiterate that the present government should not use the apparatus of state power to settle personal scores.”