The Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), has denied the call made by the party’s deputy national publicity secretary, Abdullahi Jalo, asking former President Goodluck Jonathan to speak up on the $2.1 billion #DasukiGate scandal, allegedly involving former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki and some top politicians.
Jalo, was reported to have called on Jonathan to respond to the claims by the former NSA that the $2.1 billion arms procurement fund was disbursed on his (Goodluck Jonathan’s) directives during the press briefing in Abuja on Monday.
But the PDP National Legal Adviser, Mr. Victor Kwon, in a statement released late Tuesday, said Jalo is not a member of the National Working Committee of the party and as such, does not have the mandate of the party to speak on its behalf on any matter whatsoever, thereby denying that Mr. Jalo was speaking on its behalf.
“Under our constitution, only the National Chairman and the National Publicity Secretary or anybody so designated by the National Chairman or the National Working Committee speaks for the party. Jalo, clearly does not have this mandate and could not have been speaking for our party.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the official position of our great party remains that our spokesman should be released or charged to court as he remains innocent until proven otherwise by a court of competent jurisdiction, in line with the provisions of our constitution and the laws of Nigeria.
“The PDP is therefore resolute in challenging the continued detention of our spokesman for a week now, beyond the limits provided by the laws in violation of his constitutionally guaranteed rights as a citizen. We are solidly behind our spokesman in the demand for the enforcement of his rights and liberty. Our demand that he is immediately released or charge to court has not changed.
“Chief Olisa Metuh has the right under the law to his statement and the onus lies on the investigating agency to charge him to court and not to arrogate itself the duties of the judiciary. The National leadership of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) says it has not changed its demand that the Party’s spokesman, Olisa Metuh, be immediately released or charged to court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
“This clarification is on the instance of strange publications in the media credited to Abdullahi Jalo on the arrest, by the EFCC, of some of our leaders and particularly our National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh.”
Mr. Victor Kwon reinstated that the PDP’s position is not in any way against the anti-corruption war of the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government “provided it is done within the confines of rule of law and respect for the fundamental Human rights of citizens.”
He, however, maintained that the anti-corruption war led by President Buhari has been turned into a witch-hunt on PDP leaders with a view to decimating the party and turning Nigeria into a one-party state.
The party, therefore, called on all lovers of democracy, including the international community, to take critical look at what it describes as “the various breaches of this administration and the threat it brings to civil liberty and national stability” and rein in the APC-led federal government to respect the values of democracy.
It has been reported that Metuh, has reportedly torn a statement he made to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,(EFCC), concerning his alleged involvement in the $2.1 billion arms fraud.