Metuh’s fresh application stalls trial over alleged N400m fraud

A fresh application filed by former National Publicity Secretary, People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh, has stalled his trial at the Federal High Court, Abuja.

Metuh is standing trial on a seven-count charge alongside his company, Destra Investments Limited, for alleged fraud.

At the resumed hearing yesterday, counsel to Metuh, Onyeachi Ikpeazu (SAN), asked the court to stay further proceedings on the matter pending the decision of the Supreme Court on the appeal filed challenging the decision of the Court of Appeal that affirmed the ruling of the trial court on ‘no-case-submission.’

Ikpeazu urged the court to determine whether the Supreme Court has the powers to grant the prayers as prayed and if so, whether the applicant has made out a case for a grant of this application.

On his part, counsel to Destra Investments Limited, Tochukwu Onwugbufor (SAN), aligned with the submissions of the first defendant, stressing that what they were asking for is not an indefinite adjournment but an adjournment to a specific date to which their application at the Supreme Court was adjourned to enable the court access the results of the proceedings at the Supreme Court.

Onwugbufor also stated that the adjournment would in no way cause a delay as parties in the case have filed their briefs and dates fixed for hearing of the matter.

He further argued that the court would be embarking on an exercise in futility if at the end of the day, the Supreme Court rules in favour of the defendant.

He, therefore, urged the court to grant the application for a stay.

But the Metuh’s application was opposed by the prosecution counsel, Sylvanus Tahir, who urged the court to discountenance the arguments of the defence because proceedings in criminal trials no longer stay since ACJA came into effect.

Tahir, noting that the application was an attempt to cause delay, added that the proceedings of the Supreme Court do not affect the proceedings of the trial court.

He held that the steps being taken by the defence amounts to holding the court and the state to ransom, and urged the court to resist the attempt by refusing the application and order for trial to continue.

Justice Okon Abang, however, adjourned till May 2, 2017 for ruling on the application for stay of proceedings until the outcome of the June 9, 2017 ruling of the Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, hearing of the second defendant’s application for similar matter was fixed for today.


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Metuh alleges assassination attempt after gunmen storm his Abuja home

A Former PDP spokesperson, Olisa Metuh, said on Wednesday that gunmen stormed his residence in Abuja, in an attempt to take his life.

Mr. Metuh, in a statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES Wednesday afternoon, said the gunmen, about eight of them, forced their way into his premises inside Prince and Princess Estate, Abuja, shortly after midnight on Wednesday, leaving his security guards with bruises.

“When they could not gain access into the main building, they beat up the security guards and ordered them at gunpoint to call out Chief Metuh using their phones, but the guards insisted that he was not at home but had travelled to the East,” Mr. Metuh said in a statement signed by his spokesperson, Richard Ihediwa.

Mr. Ihediwa said the “frustrated” bandits broke into Mr. Metuh’s small library attached to his residence after their attempts to enter into the main building failed.

“Out of frustration, the invaders broke into other buildings in the premises including Chief Metuh’s out-office where they carted away some documents and electronic equipment.

“Their escape route trailed with blood as one of the armed men got injured in the course of their breaking through the spiked security fence.”

The aide said Mr. Metuh was traumatised after the incident and immediately reported it to the police outpost in Apo, Abuja.

The police confirmed the incident to PREMIUM TIMES Wednesday evening but said they will be treating it as armed robbery and not attempted murder.

“I heard about the matter around 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday and immediately dispatched a team to the scene,” C.Y. Jega, Apo Divisional Police Officer, told PREMIUM TIMES by telephone. “We’ve launched investigation into the armed robbery.”

Mr. Jega, a chief superintendent of police, said he met with Mr. Metuh in his office around 4:00 p.m.Wednesday.

“He visited my office with his spokesman at about 4:00 p.m. today and I told him a thorough investigation will be carried out and the culprits will be arrested.”

The police chief said security had been tightened around Mr. Metuh’s premises.

“We have a team currently stationed there to monitor the area and calm the nerves of residents.”

Mr. Metuh was named the PDP spokesman in 2012 and resigned early last year after the EFCC slammed a seven-count charge of fraud on him.

The politician pleaded not guilty and the case is currently ongoing at the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court.


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“I cannot proceed with this trial”, Olisa Metuh tells judge.

Former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh has told an Abuja Federal High Court that he will not proceed with his trial.

Metuh’s stance followed the ruling of Justice Okon Abang rejecting his application to compel the Department of State Services (DSS) to produce former NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki to testify in the case.

Justice Abang in his ruling accused Metuh of using different tactics, including all manner of adjournments beyond the five stipulated under the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA,2015)  to   delay the trial.

He therefore dismissed the application for lack of merit and an after thought. He ordered Metuh to continue his defence.

But Meruh’s counsel, Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN) expressed disappointment with the ruling of the court, and the comments by the court against Metuh.

“The court has in a very surprising manner accused the the first defendant of using all manner of delay tactics,” he said. There is absolutely no way the first defendant will trial any further in the court.”

Metuh had in December 2016 applied for a subpoena to compel Dasuki to appear and testify in the charges the N400 million transfered to him is a proceed of unlawful act.

Olisa Metuh wants Sambo Dasuki to testify in N400m fraud case

A former National Publicity Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh, has asked the Federal High Court, Abuja, to subpoena former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, to testify in his trial.

At the resumed hearing on Wednesday, Counsel to Metuh, Mr Emeka Etiaba (SAN), reminded the judge, Justice Okon Abang, of a pending subpoena before the court to invite Dasuki as the next witness.

Abang, however, advised that both the defence and prosecuting counsel liaise with the authority holding Dasuki to release him to appear in court.

Counsel to the second defendant Tochukwukwu Onwugbufor (SAN) however said it was the duty of the court to issue a subpoena to anyone to appear in court.

The defence team filed the subpoena on Dec. 2, 2016.

It was premised on the grounds that since the allegation against Metuh revolved around Dasuki, it was important for Dasuki to be a witness in the matter.

Meanwhile, following the stalling of the case on Tuesday due to the ill-health of Metuh, the defence, at today’s sitting presented a medical report from the National Hospital with details of his health condition.

The defence team told the court that Metuh was unable to appear in court because he was admitted at the National Hospital for complications arising from spinal cord injuries.

Etiaba said that the medical experts handling the defendant’s ailment were unable to give the specific date for his full recovery due to the nature of the ailment.

He asked the court for a three-week adjournment for the defendant to recuperate and also seek further medical attention.

Onwugbufor, for his part, told the court that he had seen the medical report and that he was suffering the same ailment as the defendant.

He said he was able to get the right medical care only in London, and urged the court to look at the defendant’s case with compassion since his condition was even more critical than his.

According to him, what Metuh is suffering is excruciating and requires expert attention to ensure full recovery.

Prosecuting counsel, Mr Sylvanus Tahir, said that he was not opposed to an adjournment, adding that the prosecution sympathised with the defence and wished the defendant quick recovery.

“We have been served with the medical report of the defendant and we have little or nothing to say since the record speaks for itself. All we can say is that we extend our sympathy to the defence.

“With regards to the request for a three-week adjournment, we are taking them by their word since the medical report did not give an indication about how soon the defendant will be discharged.

“It only says his management will continue until he gets well and I am not opposed to the adjournment,’’ Tahir said.

Abang adjourned continuation of hearing in the matter till Feb. 21 and February 24.

Olisa Metuh denies paying media to launder Jonathan’s image

Former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olisah Metuh, has dismissed reports that he paid some media houses cash to launder the image of the former President, Goodluck Jonathan.

Recall that the media was awash yesterday with reports that his witness disclosed that Metuh, out of the controversial N400m he received from the Office of the Former National Security Adviser, ONSA, during the last general election, paid some media houses cash to launder Jonathan’s image.

But in his reaction, counsel to the embattled former PDP National Publicity Secretary, Barr. Ben Chuks Nwosu, described the report as “highly embarrassing,” stressing that it “did not reflect the testimony and evidence” by the fifth defence witness.

In a statement release on Thursday, Nwosu said, “Our attention has been drawn to a misleading report in a section of the media suggesting that the Fifth Defence Witness in the case involving our client, Chief Olisa Metuh, told the court that money was paid to media houses or their representatives from the controversial N400 million to launder the image of former President, Goodluck Jonathan.

“This report is highly embarrassing and does not in anyway reflect the testimony and evidence of the Fifth Defence witness, Mr. Richard Ihediwa in the court.

“What the witness told the court was that the sum paid into his account by Chief Metuh, who was National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the time was for payments for sundry advertorials placed by Chief Metuh in various media houses.

“The witness had earlier laid a proper foundation that media advertorials from the PDP are placed and paid for by the National Publicity Secretary, mostly in cash or through bank transfers to the media house through their representatives covering the party.

“The witness, who is Special Assistant to our client, stated directly and clearly that all the payments to the media were for advertorials, and that paying through representatives of the media houses was the normal practice in the media industry. He went ahead to present documents including bank tellers to justify the payments. The records of the court are clear in this regard.

“Furthermore, when questioned under-cross examination regarding the appearance of names of some journalists in the payment tellers, the witness stated clearly that the payments were for advertorial placed in their respective media houses and showed documents to justify the payments in line with the practice in the media industry.”

Nwosu insisted that the witness at no time while giving his testimony told the court that that “any media house or any representative/staff of any media house was paid in whatever form to launder the image of the former President as suggested in the misleading report.”

Speaking further, Nwosu said, “We find this particularly painful for the fact that since the arrest and arraignment of our client, he had never attempted in anyway to drag in any individual and/or organization in connection with his travail.

“Finally, while urging reporters covering the court to ensure accurate reportage of events and proceedings, we regret the embarrassment the unfortunate report must have caused the respective media houses or persons mentioned in the said misleading reports.”

Olisa Metuh Funded PDP publicity During Jonathan’s Campaign – Witness

A witness, Richard Ihediwa, told a Federal High Court on Thursday that embattled Olisa Metuh, solely funded publicity activities during Jonathan’s re-election campaign.

Metuh, a former National Publicity Secretary of Peoples Democratic Party, is being tried for alleged N400m money laundering.

Ihediwa, who was Metuh’s Personal Assistant on Media, disclosed this while being led in evidence by the defence counsel, Mr. Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN).

He said that it came to a point that the ‘situation room’ was not funded by the party, and Metuh decided to pick up the burden and funded the activities of the publicity team from his pocket.

The witness said the financial status of the publicity arm was so bad that at a point they could not pay companies that ran adverts for them.

He said, “But Metuh begged and asked me to understand that the office was not funded.

“That was when it was decided that extra hands be hired but he (Metuh) said he will pay them from his pocket.

“The nature of our schedule was so tight that I literally broke down because of pressure of work. I couldn’t cope because I was alone.

“I told Metuh I would not be able to continue except he hired other professionals.

“He reminded me that funding was an issue in the party and said he had severally made a case to the national working committee to no avail.

“He pleaded I should continue but I said I couldn’t under such conditions.”

The witness further told the court that when he sought to know why his boss was using his personal funds for the party, he explained that he didn’t want to fail as a publicity secretary.

He said, “He (Metuh)  bought laptops, cameras, video cameras and was the one paying the monthly allowances of the five new media aides he engaged.

“As I speak, the party has not refunded him that money.”

The trial judge, Justice Okon Abang, adjourned the case till Oct. 31 for continuation of trial.

EFCC Amends Charges Against Olisa Metuh

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has brought an amendment charge against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, one week after closing its case.

According to the Prosecuting Counsel, Mister Sylvester Tahir, the new charges will have no material effect on the earlier charges brought against Mr Metuh.

He says it’s an opportunity to effectively prosecute the case and asked the court to compel him to take his plea afresh.

Counsel to Mr. Metuh, Onyechi Ikpeazu did not object to the new charges and when it was time to take his plea, Mr. Metuh pleaded not guilty and also entered a no case submission.

The case has been adjourned to the February 25, 2016 to allow Mr. Metuh defend his no case submission through a written address which will be adopted on that day.

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Olisah Metuh’s Torn Statement Linked Jonathan To N400m – EFCC

Details have emerged about what the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh, allegedly wrote in the torn statement which he made under caution while in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on January 5.

The statements of the operatives who were said to have witnessed the incident and the “incidence record book” which gives details of the occurrence were part of the documents filed along with the charges of destruction of evidence preferred against him by the EFCC before a Federal Capital Territory High Court in Abuja.

The court papers obtained by our correspondent on Sunday indicate that five operatives of the
commission witnessed the incident which was said to have happened on January 5, 2016, the day the PDP spokesperson was arrested.

Metuh allegedly tore his statement on January 5, 2016 while being investigated for an alleged fraudulent receipt of N400m from the Office of the National Security Adviser and money laundering allegation involving a separate sum of $2m.

The court documents indicate that the pieces of the torn statement have been kept with the commission’s exhibit keeper.

The entry number 049 in the incident duty log which was recorded at 4.30pm by an EFCC detective, Junaid Sa’id, on January 5, 2016, reads, “Destruction OF Written Statement: I have booked the incident of tearing into pieces of statement by Mr. Olisa Metuh, who was given his statement to endorse after volunteering his statement and he decided to tear into pieces the third page of his four-page statement.

“The torn statement has however been registered with the Exhibit Keeper. Entry made by Det. Junaid Sa’id.”

The document gives the timeline and details of how Metuh’s arrest was effected at about 10.55am in his residence at Prince and Princess Estate in Gudu, Abuja, on January 5, up till when he allegedly tore part of the statement at about.4.25pm on the same day.

It also indicates that Metuh had stated in the part of the torn statement that the account in which the N400m was paid was requested for by former President Goodluck Jonathan, for payments to be made to settle some debts owed by the PDP.

It reads in part, “12.30 hours: Mr. Metuh Olisa began to volunteer his statement under words of caution.

“15.30 hours: Mr. Metuh Olisa concluded his statement which was of four pages. I passed the statements to the team leader, CSP Ibrahim Musa, to read over and endorse accordingly but in the process of reading and after endorsing pages one and two, he swiftly tore into pieces page three of his statement which read that former President Jonathan had asked him to make available, account details owed by his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, and the debts owed him personally and some media houses.

“He further stated that he gave the account details of Destra Investments Ltd. to the President and thereafter he received the payment of N400m into his company’s accounts which he used for specific assignments given to him by the President of which he was not willing to disclose for what purpose.

“I thereafter refused to give him page four of his statement for endorsement because I did not want him to tear it as well. This incidence (sic) happened in the presence of the following officers: Mr. Ibrahim Musa, Mr. Wetkas Michael, Mr. Bello Umar, Ms. Ibrahim, who were all carrying out their various assignments.

“16.30 hours: The torn page of the statement which is in pieces was registered with the exhibit keeper and the incident recorded in the incidence record book of the commission.”

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Olisa Metuh Hosts British Lawmakers After Prison Release

The National Publicity Secretary of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, who regained his freedom after meeting his bail conditions on Thursday, resumed work at PDP office on Friday.

Metuh met with members of the British Conservative Party. This is according to tweets from the official handle of the PDP.

The British Conservative Party’s delegation was led by Mark Field, Member of Parliament representing the Cities of London and Westminster; and Colin Bloom, Director of outreach at the Conservative Party.

The Conservative Party, officially the Conservative and Unionist Party, is a centre-right political party in the United Kingdom. It is the majority party in the House of Commons, having won 330 of the 650 seats at the 2015 general election. It is the largest party in local government with 8,296 councilors.

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Olisa Metuh Released On Bail

The National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Olisa Metuh has been released on bail.

Mr Metuh walked out of Kuje Prisons on Thursday afternoon after meeting the bail conditions given to him by the court.

A Federal High Court had on Wednesday, varied the bail conditions given to Mr Olisa Metuh.

Justice Okon Abang, signed his release warrant, upon being satisfied with the verification of the details of the two sureties provided by the accused and the title documents of the property owned by the sureties.

The verification exercise was done by the Chief Registrar of the court with the involvement of the prosecuting counsel, Mr. Sylvanus Tahir, whom the judge directed must verify the residential addresses of the two sureties.

A court official confirmed to our correspondent that Metuh met the bail conditions and presented the necessary documents just before the close of work on Thursday.

Trial judge, Justice Okon Abang, changed his earlier order that the sureties must be property owners in the Maitama area of Abuja only to an order that the two sureties must be owners of properties in any area of the Federal Capital Territory.

He, however, retained the sum of bail which he put at 400 million Naira.

Justice Abang declined the request of the prosecution, who asked the court to expunge him as part of the verification exercise of the bail conditions on the ground that it is not in his place to make orders for the court.

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Judge Relaxes Bail Conditions For Metuh

Okon Abang, justice of the federal high court, has ruled that Olisa Metuh, spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), must perfect the conditions of bail for him to be released from prison.



He, however, relaxed the conditions for sureties. Citing a ruling of the court granting Metuh bail, Abang held: ”The court cannot be expected to sit on appeal over its decision.”



He directed the accused person to go on appeal against the ruling of the court if he was not satisfied with it. But the judge while stating that the decision of the court to grant Metuh bail was not to keep him in custody, varied the condition requiring the accused person to have two sureties who must have landed property at Maitama, Abuja.




He held that the scope of ownership of property for the sureties was now expanded to include all parts of the federal capital territory. The sureties must, therefore, have landed property within Abuja, and not just at Maitama. That was the only prayer in the application for variation of bail sought by Metuh that was granted.




Emeka Etiaba, the defence counsel, had prayed the court to vary the conditions of Metuh’s bail on six grounds. One of the grounds was that the order requiring the provision of two sureties who must have landed property at Maitama, Abuja, be varied. But Tahir Sylvanus, counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), said: “The prosecution is fundamentally opposed to the application of the first defendant for variation of bail.”




In response, the defence counsel argued that the prosecution had no right to oppose the application since it did not file a counter-affidavit ,and asked the court to exercise its discretion and vary the conditions of the accused person’s bail.




Abang, after ruling that the court would not overturn its own judgment, however varied one condition of bail for Metuh.



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Olisa Metuh Slammed With Fresh Charges As EFCC Returns Him To Court

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is set to slam fresh charges on the spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh, less than 48 hours after the Federal High Court, Abuja, granted him bail over a seven-count charge of corruption.

The EFCC drove the embattled politician into the premises of the FCT High Court on Thursday morning, preparatory to slamming fresh charges on him.

Like on Tuesday, Mr. Metuh was in handcuffs when he was brought into the court.

The handcuffs were later removed as he waited to be taken before a judge.

Details of the new charges are unclear at this time, but the anti-graft commission had on January 12 accused Mr. Metuh of shredding a confessional statement he made to its operatives, indicating it would charge him separately for attempting to destroy a major evidence in the case against him.

“The tearing of statement is tantamount to willful destruction of government property and it is a serious offence,” the official had told this newspaper at the time. “Also the fact that he obstructed operatives from performing their job is also a criminal offence. We will explore the possibility of filling a separate charge against him at the Federal Capital Territory High Court.”

In the original case, Mr. Metuh is facing a seven-count charge of corruption.

He is accused of receiving N400 million from former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki. The amount is part of the allegedly diverted sum of $2.1 billion meant for the purchase of arms.

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Adams Oshiomhole Justifies The Handcuffing Of Olisa Metuh To Court

Edo state governor, Adams Oshiomole says handcuffing embattled National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Olisa Metuh to court by prison officials yesterday January 19th, was in order. He said this while speaking at the council members of the Edo state chapter of the Nigerian Union of Journalist NUJ yesterday January 20th

“I want to appeal to the media to join President Buhari in fighting the anti-corruption war because if we don’t, and we allow these people to harass the president to silence, all of us are in trouble. I saw some headlines querying why should Metuh be in handcuffs.
If people who steal he-goats, dried grass cutters are in handcuffs; I have been to the police station several times and I see young men who rob not more than N500,000 naira in handcuffs, they are paraded and made to seat on the floor. Why should certain set of criminals be treated as if they are not suspected criminals and serious crimes at that? When you all reported lavishly how under the former president, the former defense chief set up a military tribunal to try soldiers who ran away from battle field and they were condemned to death, it was only Femi Falana who was consistent in fighting their case. Those are Nigerians who were to be killed for running away because they couldn’t confront a Boko Haram that was well armed while they were asked to go and fight with their bare hands and we were told that weapons, ammunitions and everything had been provided. When Borno Governor said, ‘look, our Armed Forces are fighting with bare hands’, he was told to shut up. Now it is clear from current revelations that the money that would have been used to arm these young men who joined the army with pride and who on a good day have the courage to fight not only at home but abroad, but because they didn’t have arms, they ran away. They were sentenced to death. Thanks to Buhari, some have been commuted now to various terms of imprisonment which I applaud and I think even that one should further be reviewed, they should summit their uniform but remain free people. Now, those who shared that money, this is not the usual security money, this is special appropriation to fight Boko Haram, $2.1 billion, people just shared it, everybody was using their son, co-opting young children into this while other people’s children were sentenced to death. And anybody who partakes in that and they put him in handcuffs, they say, why should he be in handcuff because he is an elite and the media will report it without also showing us pictures of some Nigerians whose fathers are not known, but are not less Nigerian than any of us, who are always not only in handcuffs but are put on the floor in various police stations and paraded even before they are charged to court and we all look at them and turn to the next pictures, it doesn’t attract a commentary. Why should some criminals just be celebrated even when we all can feel the amount of damage, the consequences of their rascality on our collective wellbeing. I think the media should support the President. This is not President Buhari’s fight, and you know he had reminded us that if we don’t kill corruption, it will kill us. Now corruption is fighting back”he said.

Why We Handcuffed Metuh – NPS

The Nigeria Prisons Service has said that putting handcuffs on the National Publicity Secretary, Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olisa Metuh while appearing for his trial at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday was at the discretion of the prison officer, who supervised his court appearance.



The NPS spokesman, Francis Enobore, said the officer in charge of the escort that took Metuh to court was at liberty to determine if the inmate should be handcuffed based on security situation, the environment and intelligence report made available to him.



Enobore made the clarification following comments in the media and by PDP, that putting handcuffs on Metuh is a plot by the All Progressives congress -led to subdue the major opposition party.



Enobore, in a telephone interview with one of our correspondents, stated that Metuh was not maltreated in any way, stressing that handcuffing an inmate was a standard procedure, which the prison warden could employ based on the situation at hand.



He said, “Handcuffing an inmate is at the discretion of the officer in-charge, depending on the security situation, the environment and intelligence report available to the officer. Sometimes they look at the atmosphere and take the necessary decision.



“If you suspect that the atmosphere, security-wise, may not be conducive to the inmates in your custody, you can use handcuffs; to avoid a situation where you have to start telling stories, you use your discretion to study the environment and take appropriate measures to ensure the safety of the inmates in your custody.



“Remember that we not only try to secure the inmate from escaping, we equally provide protection for the inmate. The officer in-charge must ensure that the life of the inmate is not jeopardised. It is the officer in-charge of the escort that studies the security environment and takes the decision to use handcuffs.”



Asked if there was intelligence that Metuh might escape or was in danger of being harmed, Enobore said he did not know because he was not at the scene.



He dismissed suggestions that the PDP spokesman was handcuffed to please the Presidency, saying there was no political consideration in the treatment of inmates by the prisons service.



Justice Abang had, on January 15, ordered the accused person to be remanded in Kuje Prison shortly after his arraignment on seven counts of money laundering preferred against him by the EFCC.



The EFCC alleged in the charges that Metuh, who was arraigned along with a firm, Destra Investments Ltd, received N400m, part of the money meant for the procurement of arms, from the Office of the National Security Adviser in November 2014.



The EFCC alleged in the case, marked FHC/ABJ/CR/05/2016, that Metuh and Destra, through their account with Diamond Bank Plc, collected the sum of N400m from the NSA office on November 22, 2015, for PDP’s campaign activities.



The prosecution also alleged that the N400m was “part of the proceeds of an unlawful activity” of the immediate past NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.).



It alleged that Metuh and Destra transferred the sum of N21.8m to Anenih and they (Metuh and Destra) thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15(2) (b) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended in 2012) and punishable under Section 15(3) of the same Act.



The judge ordered on Tuesday that Metuh should not be released from custody until he met the bail conditions.

But in granting him bail on Tuesday, the judge dismissed EFCC’s objection to the application, ruling that the allegation that Metuh destroyed his statement and attempted to influence potential witnesses while in the custody of the anti-graft agency, was not substantiated.



Justice Abang added, “The truth of this allegation has not been established. The prosecution said that he, the first defendant, if granted bail, will try to influence potential witnesses.



“In my humble view, this is speculative. The court of law cannot act on speculation.

“The alleged conduct of the first defendant while in custody of the EFCC cannot be used as a factor or taken into consideration in refusing the bail to the first defendant.”



He said the offences that Metuh was accused of were bailable and that the accused still enjoyed constitutional right to being presumed innocent until proved guilty.



Metuh was arrested by the EFCC on January 5 and remained in the custody of the anti-graft agency till when he was arraigned on January 15.



The judge however dismissed the second prayer contained in Metuh’s bail application seeking an order restraining the EFCC from re-arresting him after being granted bail.



Metuh’s separate fundamental human rights enforcement suit is scheduled to come up for hearing before Justice Abang on Wednesday (today).



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Court Grants PDP Spokesman, Metuh, N400 Million Bail

A Federal High Court in Abuja has granted bail to the spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Olisa Metuh, on the condition that he pays N400 million as bond.

Mr. Metuh is to also submit his international passport, and must provide two sureties with N200 million each. The sureties must have properties in Maitama district of Abuja.

He is accused of receiving N400 million from an arms money diverted by the office of the National Security Adviser.
Mr. Metuh has been in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for about two weeks.


The PDP spokesperson was taken to court earlier on Tuesday in handcuffs.


Metuh who is facing a 7-count charge of corruption and money laundering, was last week Friday,  remanded in Kuje prison by an Abuja Federal High Court.



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EFCC Files 7-Count Charge Against Olisa Metuh

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), says it has filed a seven count charge of criminal breach of trust, corruption and money laundering against the National Publicity Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party, Mr Olisa Metuh.

Mr Metuh, according to the charges, transferred the sum of $1 million dollars through his agent, Nneka Nicole Ararume, to one Sie iyenome of Capital Field Investment committing an offense contrary to Section One of the Money Laundering Act.

He is also accused of receiving the sum of N400 million from the office of the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki, without a contract contrary to the Money Laundering Act.

Mr Metuh, is also accused of converting the said money to funds for political activities of the People’s Democratic Party. .

Listed as witnesses in the suit are five commercial banks, a representative in the Office of the National Security Adviser, three investment houses and eight individuals.

The EFCC has however not indicated when the PDP spokesman will be arraigned.

The EFCC also said it has a valid court order to detain Mr Metuh over alleged corruption related crime.

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EFCC To Arraign Olisa Metuh Thursday

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is to arraign the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Olisa Metuh, after more than one week of being detained in their custody.

Reports gathered on Wednesday that Metuh, who was picked up at his Abuja residence on January 5, will be arraigned before Justice Okon Abang of the Court 10, Federal High Court (FHC), Abuja.

The PDP spokesman was said to have been arrested and under investigation by the EFCC for allegedly collecting about N400m from the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.), from the money alleged to be part of the $2.1 billion arms procurement fund.

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Read Why EFCC Released APC’s Jafaru Isa, Still Detain PDP’s Olisa Metuh

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has denied claims it was on a witchhunt of leaders of the opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party after its continued detention of Olisa Metuh and release of Jafaru Isa, an All Progressives Congress chieftain.

Ibrahim Magu, the Acting Chairman of the EFCC, told journalists Monday that while Mr. Isa had begun the process of refunding the money in his possession, Mr. Metuh had refused to do same.

?”From the records, Metuh got over N400 million, he has not said anything because we need the public money to be returned so that it’s going to be used for public good,” Mr. Magu said during a meeting with online media publishers in Lagos.

“Also Jafaru Isa, what Dasuki gave him was N170 million. He also agreed…of course he has collected that money, he was with us for 4-5 days and then he made a deposit of N100 million and entered an undertaking to bring the rest. That does not mean we will not prosecute him.”

“But this other Metuh, instead of going for a refund, he has admitted he collected money…. so instead of… he still has the money because the money is too much. Instead of returning the money, he preferred to go on strike.”?

Mr. Isa, a former military governor of Kaduna State, was arrested last Wednesday by EFCC operatives for allegedly receiving N170 million from the embattled National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.

Mr. Metuh, the Spokesperson of the PDP, has been in EFCC custody since January 5?.

The EFCC boss insisted the Commission is not selective in its anti-corruption war?, noting that only people involved in “some certain action or inaction of corruption” are being invited for questioning.

“Nobody who is not corrupt, who is not involved, is with us,” he said.

“In all the cases, we conduct preliminary investigation. We work hard. If it is company you used, we unveil the profile of the company to see who owns the company. If it’s money, we make sure we follow the money, in your account.

“So it is not true that we just go and carry people and dump them?. Sometimes you have to give chance to the person accused to say his own side of the story. And in the process the man will disclose a lot of things that you may not know. So it is very necessary for you to follow up on the information received from the person arrested, to strengthen whatever you have.

“We don’t keep people for more than 10-15 days. In fact, in most cases, we obtain relevant court orders. In all cases, if you see we keep somebody, there must be a supporting court order.

“If you are not corrupt, we will not have any cause to invite you. So we only invite corrupt people, no selective.”

Mr. Magu also said he had begun an internal cleansing of the EFCC to weed out corrupt operatives from the anti-graft war.

“I don’t want to disclose what the Commission is doing but I’m telling you I will not work with anybody who is corrupt because there is no moral justification to come and make noise?, and chase corrupt people when you are yourself corrupt.

“We do not have sufficient personnel – lawyers, detectives the way we want. But the little we have we try to make use of whatever we can lay our hands on.”

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PDP Demands Release Of Metuh By EFCC

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has decried the continued detention of its spokesman, Olisah Metuh by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).


This is contained in a statement signed by the PDP National Legal Adviser, Mr Victor Kwon in Abuja on Sunday.


The statement decried the release of a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), retired Brig.-Gen. Jafaru Isa, eight hours after he was arrested by the EFCC.


The statement said these developments were unjustifiable.


“Such action had vindicated PDP’s position that the Federal Government was not fighting corruption but on a clamp-down mission on PDP leaders.’’


It stated that Metuh, arrested without invitation by the anti-graft agency, had remained incarcerated since Tuesday while Isa was quickly released ‘after the EFCC boss’ meeting at the Presidential villa.


“The action of EFCC in freeing Isa and still detaining Metuh is condemnable, as the two of them were being investigated over same allegation of receiving funds from the office of the National Security Adviser.


“This clearly shows that the APC government is not fighting corruption but using the much hyped crusade as a cover to persecute PDP leaders and decimate the opposition, a project the EFCC has clearly yielded itself as a willing tool.


“What happened to the illegal holding charge upon which it has detained the PDP spokesman beyond the limit stipulated by Section 35 (5a) of the Constitution and in violation of his guaranteed personal liberty under the law?


“While we reiterate our support for any effort aimed at eradicating corruption, we stand our ground in demanding that the fight must be holistic, credible, and within the limits provided by the laws irrespective of political affiliations.’’


The PDP, therefore, restated its demand that the EFCC immediately release its spokesman, Metuh or charge him to court if they have any case against him.


“His continued detention without being charged to court is only indicative of the fact that the commission has not been able convince itself of enough evidence of guilt and is now lending itself as a willing instrument of persecution against Metuh.’’





Metuh Marks 50th Birthday At IDP Camp (Photos)

Chief Olisa Metuh, National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday donated relief materials to the Internally Displaced Peoples (IDPs) in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).


Metuh donated the relief materials to the IDPs located at Waza Camp, in the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) of the FCT, to mark his 50th birthday anniversary.


Metuh, who clocked 50 on Saturday, said he was at the camp to share in their feelings and challenges, irrespective of the difference in religion, ethnic and political divide.


NAN reports that some of the donated items were bags of rice, milk, bottled water, packs of tomatoes, packs of Maggi cubes, bags of salt, juice, soft drinks and cooked food.


Metuh, who was in the camp with his wife, said that he felt the challenges confronting the people, and pledged to dig a borehole in the camp for the people to have access to drinkable water.


“First, we need to find out from government if this is a permanent camp or not.


“If there is any other place the people are going to be moved to in the next few months, we can dig the borehole there, if not we will do it here,” Metuh said.

He also pledged to partner with relevant individuals, groups, government and the international community, to meet some of their other basic needs and challenges.

The basic needs, according to Metuh, include access to healthcare, quality education and accommodation.

“I also pray that government, political and religious leaders, as well as business leaders, would deem it necessary to assist the IDPs,” he said.


NAN also reports that Metuh at the occasion cut his 50th birthday anniversary cake with the displaced people, and he also ate with them.

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Mrs Hassan Amina, relief and rehabilitation officer of the Nigeria Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Abuja operation service, commended Metuh for coming to the aid of the people in the camp.

“Others have been coming to assist the IDPs, but this is the biggest from an individual,” Amina said.

Amina said that though there were no government designated camps in Abuja, NEMA and other government agencies had been doing their best to care for the IDPs.

“This is just a temporary camp, the Federal Government is trying to relocate them to formal IDPs camps,” she said.

Some of the IDPs who benefited from the relief materials, in interviews with NAN, commended Metuh for deeming it necessary to donate to their needs, and they wished him well in his future endeavours.

Mrs Amina Haruna, a mother of two, said she thank God for all Nigerians and institutions that had visited the camp to assist them.

Haruna, who claimed she had been in the camp for one year and three months, said her desire was for her home town to regain its peace, so that she could return home.

She said that the camp needed health facilities as they were still going to nearby villages to buy drugs whenever they were ill.

PDP Disowns Dokpesi, Says Fielding Jonathan Was A Joint Decision

The National Publicity Secretary of Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh, said the apology credited to the party’s National Conference Committee Chairman, Raymond Dokpesi, remained his personal opinion.
Mr. Metuh made this remark when he spoke with journalists in Abuja on Wednesday.
He said Mr. Dokpesi’s statement did not in any way represent the official position of the PDP, as he was not a member of the party’s National Executive Committee.
Mr. Metuh said Mr. Dokpesi could only speak in his personal capacity adding that his opinion remains personal and did not represent that of the party.
On PDP’s choice of former President Goodluck Jonathan as candidate in the 2015 presidential race, Mr. Metuh said the decision was approved by the party’s National Working Committee (NWC).
He added that the decision was also approved by the party’s National Executive Council (NEC), and the party’s National Caucus.. Metuh made this remark when he spoke with journalists in Abuja on Wednesday.

He said Mr. Dokpesi’s statement did not in any way represent the official position of the PDP, as he was not a member of the party’s National Executive Committee. Mr. Metuh said Mr. Dokpesi could only speak in his personal capacity adding that his opinion remains personal and did not represent that of the party.

On PDP’s choice of former President Goodluck Jonathan as candidate in the 2015 presidential race, Mr. Metuh said the decision was approved by the party’s National Working Committee (NWC).

He added that the decision was also approved by the party’s National Executive Council (NEC), and the party’s National Caucus.

“In addition, the Constitution of the party allows a sitting president the chance to exercise his personal right to run for a second term if he so desires.’’
On whether the party regretted its action, Metuh said, “how can you regret a decision taken when everyone was there, the NWC, NEC and the national caucus?
“What are we talking about? Everybody was conscious of the decision; nobody was coerced into supporting the position.”
He, however, said it was not the time for buck-passing or blame-game but time to collectively reposition the party.
“We are repositioning our party. What we should do is to join hands to reposition PDP based on Sen. Ike Ekweremadu’s report to reclaim the party’s lost glory. This is what is expected of us all at this time,’’ Mr. Metuh said.
Mr. Dokpesi had on Tuesday, on behalf of the PDP, apologised for mistakes the party made during its 16 years rule in the country.
Mr. Dokpesi admitted that the party might not have met all the expectations of Nigerians while it was in power, saying “on behalf of PDP, I tender our apologies.”

Mr. Dokpesi admitted that the party deviated from the dream of its founding fathers, adding that members operated without recourse to the rule of law.
He added that the party, in 2010 and 2011, made the first fundamental mistake for not allowing the North to complete its term.
He noted that special recommendations were made to allow former President Goodluck Jonathan to complete it.


Pay attention to the economy, PDP tells Buhari, APC

The National leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has again taken a swipe at the All Progressives Congress, APC and President Muhammadu Buhari, saying that the economy has remained on rapid fall since the last four months.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) reacting described the PDP’s rambling statement on the nation’s economy as part of the opposition’s ploy to distract the Buhari Administration from its onerous task of putting the nation on a sound footing.

The PDP in a statement Monday by PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh,  the nation’s economy has remained so because of what the PDP described as absence of clear-cut fiscal policy direction and an economic team to deal with the domestic and global challenges associated with a developing economy.

According to PDP,  the President Mohammadu Buhari-led APC administration should pay urgent attention to the management of the nation’s economy, adding that he should sustain existing economic projects.

Metuh noted that the party’s  worry stems from the fact that the economy has remained on rapid fall since the last four months apparently due to the absence of clear-cut fiscal policy direction and an economic team to deal with the domestic and global challenges associated with a developing economy.

Metuh said: “whereas the PDP is in full support of the President’s efforts in tackling corruption and insurgency, the party is however concerned about the grave economic situation we now face, as well as indices from global economic watchers, which this administration has failed to give deserving attention, despite its predictable negative impact.

“As a responsible party, it is duty-bound, beyond politics, to draw the President’s attention to the fact that under the prevailing circumstances, the nation is evidently heading to economic doldrums.

“Mr. President, this is no longer about politics and partisanship. It is about the economy of our dear nation and the wellbeing of the Nigerian citizens.

“Recall that we have severally in the past, drawn attention to official reports showing that the unemployment situation in the country as well as inflation rate are growing at frightening dimensions, not to talk of the continued decline in domestic and direct foreign investments, all due to uncertainty created by the lack of economic direction of APC-led administration.

“The situation has become even of utmost concern following the failure of this administration to articulate any interventionist policy at this critical moment, when credible global economic monitors have continued to predict that oil price may fall as low as $20 per barrel.

“It is worrisome that whilst other countries are taking deliberate steps to enhance their investment profiles and hedge their economies at this time, the APC-led federal government has done nothing in that direction, but has centered on partisan politics and witch-hunt of perceived opponents, while the economy remains vulnerable and unattended to.

“We caution strongly that this approach to governance is not healthy for our nation. Indeed, the time has come for Mr. President to end the apparent lethargy in his administration and take urgent step to set up a crack economic team of experts to immediately swing into action and salvage the situation by opening up all economic outlets, which have been stagnated in the last four months.

“In managing this economy at this time, we urge Mr. President, as the father of the nation, to look beyond partisan politics and ensure that the policy frameworks and populist economic projects laid by the PDP administration, especially in the non-oil sectors are not allowed to rot, but adequately utilized for the good of all.

“In this regard therefore, we wish to draw attention to various agricultural projects and programmes established by the PDP, especially in the northern states, such as various dams and irrigation projects, the e-wallet financial empowerment system to farmers, associated to the over 2 million direct farm jobs, as well as the Green Belt project under Presidential Initiative on Afforestation in Kano and 10 other northern states, all in line with PDP’s agenda to return the region as the food basket of the nation.

“The PDP believes that in the interest of millions of Nigerians citizens who look up to the political class for direction, it is now imperative on the APC-led federal government to pay deserving attention to the economy and continue the policy of the past administration of opening the space for harnessing indigenous potentials.


We’ll never hang Buhari’s portrait in our offices –PDP

The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party has refused to hang the official portrait of President Muhammadu Buhari at the party’s national secretariat located at Zone 5, Abuja even over 100 days after the President assumed office.

According to reports by The Punch newspaper, the party has also said it would never put Buhari’s portraits on its walls even though it has removed that of the former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, who ruled on the platform of the PDP.

“We will never hang his portrait in this office, because President Buhari is not known to our party. He is not a leader of our party and therefore we will never put his portrait here. We are a political party, very partisan and therefore, we are not going to hide that,” National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Olisa Metuh, told Punch correspondent on the telephone on Tuesday.

Jonathan who was the presidential candidate of the former ruling party during the last general election was defeated by Buhari, who was the presidential candidate of the opposition All Progressives Congress, a defeat which was the first to be suffered by the PDP since the return of democracy in 1999.

Before now, the party has always been hanging the portraits of all the Presidents at the party’s reception area as well as the National Executive Committee and National Working Committee halls within the secretariat.

Metuh said the APC also did not hang the portrait of Jonathan in its offices before the former President was defeated in the March 28 election.

“Can you find out if the APC had the portrait of former President Jonathan in their office before he was defeated? That is just it,” he said.

When asked whether the party was taking its own pound of flesh, Metuh said no but that since Buhari “is not a member of our party, we won’t put his portrait here.”

The APC National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Lai Mohammed, expressed shock at Metuh’s comment.

“This is ridiculous and we have no comment. Let Nigerians judge the PDP on this matter,” Mohammed said.

He said the PDP spokesman had a shallow understanding of the concept of opposition politics.

Meanwhile, work has stopped at the new secretariat of the PDP, located in the Central Business District, Abuja.

Investigations by Punch correspondent indicated that contractors handling the project were only doing skeletal jobs at the site. As at Tuesday when the reporter visited the site,  there was no visible job being done at the site.

It was gathered that the cost of the project was put at N11.5bn when it was awarded some years ago. At completion, the building is expected to have 12 floors, with two other floors serving as the car park.

The party had claimed that the project was being financed from levies and contributions from members.

When a fund-raising dinner was organised a few years ago, the party was able to realise about N5bn, and the project, which started more than four years ago, was to be delivered in 126 weeks.

The former National Chairman of the party, under whose leadership the project commenced, Prince Vincent Ogbulafor, had then said that the complex, when completed, would strengthen the capacity of the PDP to discharge its role effectively in Africa.

The party had claimed on January 5, 2015 that it was going to spend part of the N21.8bn it realised from the party’s fund-raising on the party’s secretariat.

A former Minister for Information and the Chairman of the party’s Fund-raising Committee, Prof. Jerry Gana, had said the money donated to the PDP was not meant for the campaign of the defeated Jonathan alone.

“All Corrupt Politicians Need To Be Probed”, Olisa Metuh Reminds FG

Mr Olisa Metuh, National Publicity Secretary of Peoples Democratic Party, on Thursday, urged the Federal Government to probe every corrupt politician and not to be selective in the exercise.

“We expect the President Muhammadu Buhari’s government not to embark on selective probing of public office holders found wanting before or during his government,” he said.
Metu made the call during the State Congress of PDP in Lokoja. He urged the PDP members in the state to ensure that they were free of corruption in their dealings.
“If your hands are clean, you will not be afraid of any probe,” he said.
The publicity scribe described corruption as a crime against the common will of Nigerians.
“Corruption is a crime against the people, the nation and our Constitution,” he said.
He said every legitimate means should be deployed to fight public corruption and that the approach to eradicating corruption in Nigeria must be just.
The PDP spokesman urged the would-be-delegates in the state’s congress to elect those that would pilot the affairs of the party for the next four years.
Idris Wada of Kogi, said the congress provided members the opportunity to change the history of the party in the state for the better.
“I urge delegates to choose wisely,” the governor said.

Wada urged members to support the candidates that would make up the state’s executive council from the congress.
“Support any candidate that wins at the end of the congress. What we are doing here today will change the history of the PDP in our state,” he said.

$63bn Debt Stock: PDP Slams APC, Osinbajo For ‘Misleading’ Nigerians

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has criticized the Vice President-elect, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), for failing to be bold and honest enough to inform Nigerians that the bulk of the $63.7 billion debt he accused the outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan administration of leaving behind was incurred by All Progressives Congress states.

In a statement on Monday by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, PDP expressed disappointment that the vice president-elect, who it claimed has details of the debt stock, chose to be economical with the truth and mislead Nigerians just to discredit the current PDP-led administration and rationalize APC’s unpreparedness for governance.

“Prof. Osinbajo is aware that the $63.7 billion is made up of external and domestic debts belonging not only to the Federal Government but to federal and state governments and accumulating since the 1960s, yet he deliberately misrepresented the facts to give the unsuspecting public the impression that the amount was exclusively incurred by the current Federal Government.

“Perhaps the Vice President-elect avoided the details so as not to expose the fact that the APC controlled Lagos state has both the highest external debt stock of $1,169, billion as well as the highest domestic debt stock of N278, 867 billion.

“Furthermore we find it unacceptable and unstatesmanly for the Vice President-elect to attempt to mislead Nigerians into believing that the total federal debt component was accumulated under the President Goodluck Jonathan-led administration, when it is on record that a greater chunk of the amount was inherited”, the statement said.

The party said it was also on record that part of the contemporary borrowing from the domestic bond market was occasioned by the global economic and financial crisis as well as the downturn in crude oil revenue, which adversely affected other economies of the world.

Faulting the in-coming administration for dwelling on excuses and reneging on campaign promises, Metuh wondered if the APC and the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) did not know about the economic challenges caused by the dwindling oil revenues before making their bogus promises to Nigerians.

“The APC must fulfill its promises for which Nigerians voted for them. Were they not aware of the debt stock and the dwindling oil revenues before making their huge promises to the people? Were the promises only intended as carrots to mislead the people and deceitfully win their votes after which they are dumped?” the PDP queried.

The party, therefore, advised the in-coming administration to stop coming up with excuses and understand that Nigerians expect nothing short of the fulfillment of its campaign promises in its four years rule, especially given that the solid foundation for wealth creation has already been laid by the PDP, which also remained truthful and honest in making promises to the people during the campaigns.

The PDP said “come June ending, the APC must be ready to commence in a very transparent manner, the payment of monthly N5,000 to 25 million poor Nigerians from across the country, monthly allowances for discharged but yet to be employed youth corps members as well as commence delivery of free meals to school children among other promises”.

We’ve Made Mistakes And Learnt Our Lessons – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it has put behind the recent challenges that confronted the leadership adding that its National Working Committee (NWC) is “firmly in the saddle and very determined to stabilize and reengineer the party to retake its preeminent place in the polity.” The party also said the voluntary resignations of its National Chairman, Ahmadu Adamu Mu’azu and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Chief Tony Anenih have become the huge sacrifice for the rebuilding process. PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh in a statement on Saturday said “the National Working Committee appreciates the concerns, sacrifices and valuable contributions of critical stakeholders during the trying time” noting that the party “is emerging from its challenges a stronger and more united front.” The leadership said “though our party in the past few weeks has been in the news more for internal challenges than for preparations for active opposition, effective mechanisms are being put into place by the NWC to reverse the trend, while leveraging on the new spirit of accommodation, the confidence and support of critical stakeholders including PDP governors and legislators-elect, as well as other officials of the party across board to return the PDP to its winning ways. “In the course of the campaigns, a lot of Nigerians became partisan and politically active, the love for various parties actively aroused passions in attempts to project support for their candidates. Such passion, drive and zeal have expectedly resulted in a political frenzy that has kept the citizenry and the society in a permanent election and campaign mode. “It is thus the desire of the PDP leadership that our supporters would channel their energy towards becoming active members in their various wards, local government areas and states to boost our support base across board for the task ahead. “Mistakes have been made, lessons have been learnt. We must therefore leverage on the new spirit of oneness and our collective determination to regain preeminence, intensify efforts towards a speedy rebuilding of our great party while retooling for a forceful, yet highly credible opposition to regain power at the center. “We believe that only a peaceful, credible and constructive opposition can guarantee us seamless path to victory in 2019. To achieve, this all hands must be on deck. “Currently, our great party is searching for an appropriate and suitable replacement for the National Chairman from the North East geo-political zone. In this regard therefore, we expect that our committed members should turn their focus on this very important task, which is essential in the repositioning process”, the party said. The national leadership then charged all its members across the country to continue to work with the leadership at all levels while ensuring that they are not in anyway distracted by certain forces including those working for the APC who are still bent at using a section of the media, especially the social media as well as sponsored protests to instigate further discordance in the PDP.

Buhari “Hate Campaign” Responsible For Jonathan’s Defeat, Says PDP

The National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party has blamed President Goodluck Jonathan’s defeat in the hands of Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) in the March 28 presidential elections to his tacit endorsement of the hate campaigns targeted at the APC candidate by the president’s team.

It also accused close associates of Jonathan, who handled his campaign, of shutting out the party leadership from the campaign.

National Publicity Secretary of the party, Chief Olisa Metuh, said this at a press conference in Abuja on Monday.

The PDP spokesman pointed out that the erroneous belief by the Jonathan campaign team that it could denigrate a respected statesman, who has a cult followership in the North, instead of dwelling on issues, cost the party critical votes in parts of the North.

Metuh equally said the campaign for the sacking of the NWC, which was being orchestrated by some of those responsible for the party’s woes, was immoral and illogical.

He said: “For those of us in the North, where the type of campaign that we generated made it impossible for our leaders in the North to garner support for our candidates because of the hate campaign that was generated, we are not answerable for it.

“While I am not holding any excuse for them, we cannot be held accountable for issues that were generated that worked against our candidate in the North. This is clear, all Nigerians knew what happened”.

Responding to allegations that members of the NWC award themselves N30m each, Metuh said, “We state clearly that we have not been given any money; rather this NWC generated billions of naira from the sale of forms from where we funded our candidates for the governorship and state assembly elections in all the states of the federation in addition to funds released to key leaders, including NWC and BoT members, to prosecute the campaigns in their various areas.

“The NWC is willing and ready to make this account public in line with the Freedom of Information law”.

Metuh explained that several attempts had been made to present the NWC in bad light following the party’s defeat at the polls, recalling that in the attempt to discredit the NWC, “these elements” pushed out series of misleading information to the unsuspecting public – among them the mismanagement of the presidential campaign funds, which led to the poor performance in the polls.

He said this had formed the basis for the calls for the NWC members to resign.

Metuh added, “When this wicked and baseless allegation was debunked by the NWC, which publicly clarified that it was not involved in the handling of the campaign and its funding, and that such were exclusively managed by the Presidential Campaign Organisation appointed by the President, these divisive elements in their desperation, came up with another allegation, claiming that the leadership embezzled funds belonging to the party”.

The publicity secretary, however, said the crisis that greeted the use of campaign funds is over following a meeting of all parties concerned on Sunday.

He said the meeting, which was chaired by President Jonathan, succeeded in finding an amicable solution to the problem.

“We are happy to announce that the leader of our party, President Jonathan, the PDP governors and other key stakeholders of our party including governors and legislators-elect are deeply concerned about this development and have intervened to ensure the desired stability in our party”, he said.

Mr. Metuh said with the crisis over, the party is now poised to reclaim the Presidency in 2019 and that there are no more talks of any resignation of NWC members.

“There is no crisis in the national leadership of the PDP. The National Working Committee under the Chairmanship of Ahmadu Adamu Mu’azu is duly elected and is fully in control of the administration of the party until the expiration of its tenure in March 2016 in line with the provisions of the constitution of our great party.

“We are not only in office, we are in power”, he said.

Mr. Metuh further called on all PDP members across the country to close ranks and work together with their leaders at all levels and make themselves partners in progress in rebuilding the party.

“What we need now is to eschew all personal and private agenda and join forces to reinvent our party for the task ahead”, he said.

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PDP Releases Press Statement On AIT Ban, Says It’s Dangerous For Democracy

Press statement from the PDP on AIT ban, which the APC has since lifted..

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described as unacceptable the Monday’s directive by the President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari to bar a television house, the AIT, from covering his activities, saying the suppression of the media under any guise portends danger for the nation’s democracy.

PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh in a statement on Tuesday said that after carefully studying the defence posited by General Buhari’s campaign spokesperson as well as the smokescreen statement by the APC to cover and mitigate his anti-media posture, the PDP and indeed all lovers of democracy are persuaded that the action was not only unjustifiable, but also unconstitutional andcompletely against the spirit of liberty and the rule of law in a democracy.

He said “the PDP as a party that have nurtured the nation’s democracy in the past 16 years cannot afford to fold its hands and watch the constitutional rights, media freedom and personal liberty of Nigerians, the basic tenets of democracy being demolished.

“We ask, is this a beginning of the feared erosion of the freedom and personal liberty the media and Nigerian citizens have been enjoying in the last 16 years under the PDP led-administration? Has our dear nation finally fallen into the clutches of totalitarianism and impunity where government actions will based on egocentric decisions and impulses of individuals rather than the rule of law?

“While we assure the President-elect of our resolve to run a mature and responsible opposition based on issues, we are disturbed by this emerging development and reassure the Nigerian people that we will continue to stand with them on issues of democracy and freedom at all times.

“Perhaps, we need to remind General Buhari that part of the challenge of his new position, even as President-elect is that he has lost his private life which is now subject to public scrutiny and media interrogation, as required of the custodian of the mandate of the Nigerian people.

“The PDP is not oblivious of the background of the President-elect especially as it relates to the freedom of the media, but we had thought that having declared to be a converted democrat, he would make himself amenable to the basic principles of democracy by following the due process of the law on any circumstance.

“General Buhari may also wish to be reminded that the Nigerian constitution upon which provisions he emerged President-elect, also gave the media powers to cover activities of public office holders while at the same time providing legal avenues for redress in the event of any violation. If the right of the President-elect was in anyway violated by the AIT or any media house for that matter, he is expected to act within the law and seek redress in the courts otherwise one would have no option than to conclude that he is out for personal vendetta.

“The APC and the President-elect may have one or two lessons to pick from President Goodluck Jonathan, who though the most maligned and abused President in the history of our nation, even by the APC, allowed his actions to be sufficiently guided by humility, tolerance and the rule of law”, the PDP said.

The party called on Nigerians not to despair but remain steadfast and unite in resisting any anti-democratic tendencies intended to instill fear in them and set the stage for a dictatorial order and the erosion of their personal freedom and liberty as citizens, which they have been enjoying in the last 16 years under the PDP.


Olisa Metuh

National Publicity Secretary 

We Are Heading To Court Over Election Results – PDP

he  Peoples Democratic Party, despite their presidential candidate conceding defeat as said they will be heading to court to challenge the result presented by The Independent National Electoral Commission, through its Chairman and Chief Returning Officer, Prof. Attahiru Jega, on Wednesday, 1st of April, 2015. The party agent at the National Collation Centre in Abuja Bello Fadile made this known shortly after the winner was declared and refused to sign the result sheet saying the results will not be accepted by his party.

“Whether I sign it or I don’t sign it,  does not make any difference. It doesn’t invalidate the result?. When we go to court, then we can challenge the result,” Fadile said making it clear to journalists that it is the next thing on PDP’s agenda. It will be recalled that PDP has been ruling Nigeria for the past 16years before it got defeated this morning by the All Progressives Congress, APC.

#KakandaTemple ~ Of Mass Despair and Political Vampirism


If you still hold on to the delusion that your worth as a human, and even as a citizen, is as important as the ambition of our desperate politicians or that, as an ordinary citizen, you’re indeed indispensable in their political calculations and foresights, you have obviously stopped using, a misfortune this brings, that with which you were born, to perceive, analyse and understand: your brain.

The explosions at a bus park in Nyanya, a suburb of Abuja, this week did not just punctuate the existence of tens of struggling Nigerians, and condemning a lot more to permanent handicaps, but intensified the debates over the worth of the masses in a country this insecure, and yet polarised.

Being human and poor in Nigeria, the vagabonds in power have loudly confirmed, is a mere statistical existence. Worthless. Like our GDP figure. Perhaps we need to define the meaning of “death” and “humanity” to them. They don’t seem to know that death is a one-way ticket to permanent oblivion. We’re not animals for God’s sake. We’re humans. Like the Americans. Like the Europeans. Live every decent human being, in whom are soul, emotions and dreams, all over the world. But being a Nigerian, the incapability to protect us has shown, is a mere geographic identity; an identity of an undermined people stripped of their humanity in a godforsaken country.

Elsewhere, bombs don’t discriminate. Ours do. Our bombs are always sensitive to class: they’re mostly in places where the masses gather and struggle to stay alive independent of a government that does nothing to redeem their sufferings. Yet the clueless members of our ruling class who have sorrowfully lamented that their offices only bring them endless miseries and difficulties in managing the people still go ahead to run for office. And I ask: is democracy now a system for hereditary rights?

My biggest fear remains the vulnerability of Nigerian masses to the veneers of ethno-religious and regional advocacies championed by our politicians to disarm any tendency to unite for the purpose of revolt against them. They have never given the masses an opportunity to think, with the rate at which they highlight divisive trends to confuse them and even be seen as heroes to those whose rights and interests they claim to be defending as political representatives. In a recent bid to exploit our disarmed intelligence, the Publicity Secretary of PDP, reacting to the Nyanya blasts, reportedly singled the main opposition party out for responsibility in the unholy act. It could be said that Metuh was only being an image-maker, blaming the opposition before they’d do so, before APC’s image-maker Lai Mohammed’s predictable, PDP-bashing press release would hit the press. It could be said, also, that Metuh was tired of being on the defensive, hence the reason for his conclusion that APC was responsible within just a few minutes after the incident, qualifying for the briefest investigation ever conducted in history. This malicious PR would, apparently, forestall any intention by the APC spokesman to blame PDP. Smart villains!

But this vile politics is not commendable at all, outrightly uncharitable in a country where condolences have become as common as hellos. In a real country, Olisa Metuh and all politicians who have attempted to blame the others as perpetrators of terror acts may be taken in by the authority and properly interrogated and, if found to be merely mischievous, the court will decide the number of years they may have to spend in jail for such defamations and polarising accusations. It’s so sad that the clowns we have in charge of this nation are polarising accusers whose evils thrive on our refusal to be serious, I mean unite against this undeserved political vampirism that consumes us, not in bits, in mass, one after the other, mass after mass!

As expressed elsewhere, Nigeria is a nation where Critical Thinking has been in exile. What has found a throne in Nigeria is Creative Thinking; a dangerous culture that produces the Olisa Metuhs and the Wendell “Reno” Simlins, harebrained and hopeless analysts incapable of telling A apart from H because, so diseased, they won’t see the top of anything. They don’t see, or won’t say, that the top of A is angular

In analysing the clues available for making meanings out of our national tragedies, we see the genius of these creative thinkers: Boko Haram, they create, this time with disturbing confidence, is a reaction to the existence of non-northern President. The same Boko Haram insurgents that have destroyed the habitats of the people you refer to as their brothers and sisters? The same Boko Haram whose founder was killed by a northern and, very importantly, Muslim President? How many more follies do Nigerians have to exude for this subclinical psychopathy to be medically confirmed.

Though the silliness of the Metuhs and the Similins is mere selfish propaganda designed to secure the fate of their bosses in 2015, how about the unsuspecting and gullible citizens they have indoctrinated, rousing mutual suspicions? Their polarisation strategy is so effective that even in our anger over the Nyanya blasts we still trade blames, allowing ourselves to be possessed by the propagandas of the ruling elite whose interests are hardly found in suburban Nigeria where the masses tend to their dreams and hopes, forsaken and confused. We don’t ask the right questions. We refuse to even acknowledge that the bombs didn’t differentiate between the Muslims and Christians, Igbo and Hausa, Southerners and Northerners, Children and Adults… We refuse to acknowledge that only the members of an embarrassingly played class were killed and damaged in the blasts!

The Presidency, in justifying its refusal to cancel its planned political fanfares over the terror attack, said that such is to prove to the terrorists that they can never stop pulse of the nation. But if the terrorists who have also abducted our sisters and daughters, just when we were still mourning, are as inconsequential as Mr President seeks to portray, why hasn’t he visited their hotbeds in Borno? Would Goodluck Jonathan and his fellow PDP partiers have continued in their political campaigns and fanfares if it were members of the ruling class that died in the Nyanya blasts? Would they have been so openly unsympathetic and indifferent if the blasts had consumed some of them? No, Mr. President, the only way to prove that you’re unstoppable is by crushing them. Your empty boasts that you have succeeded in restricting Boko Haram insurgents to the fringes (as though the fringes are not part of your territory), which the Nyanya blasts have shown as untrue, would not protect us when they strike while you are fortressed in Aso Rock, unmindful of how N1 trillion naira disbursed for our security were used, and yet the country is still unsafe!

Poverty is not a lack of common sense, gullible Nigerians. It’s merely a state of economic dissatisfaction that has no direct, I repeat direct, effect on your intelligence quotient. Most of the thinkers who propounded the philosophies that have become guiding principles even to the affluent emperors were, beyond redemptions. May God save us from us!

By Gimba Kakanda

@gimbakakanda (On Twitter)