The National Publicity Secretary of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, has pre-empted any move to link him with ongoing probe of the $2.2 billion arms deal scandal, saying he never benefitted from any government contract during the former President Goodluck Jonathan administration.
Speculation has been rife the last few days that many chieftains of the PDP and officials of the past administration, benefitted from slush funds controlled by the office of the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.
Mr. Dasuki is currently standing trial before Justice Hussein Baba Yusuf of the FCT High Court on a 19-count charge bordering on money laundering and criminal breach of trust brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. He’s also standing a separate trial on fresh 22-count charge before Justice Peter Affem of another FCT High court.
But addressing a press briefing on Tuesday in his office at the PDP National Secretariat in Abuja, Metuh said the clarification became necessary “taking into consideration the times we find ourselves, especially as they relate to me”.
The opposition party spokesman claimed that in the last seven months, he has been “hounded, harassed, intimidated and threatened severally”, adding that it was in order to avoid personal and family pressure that he refrained from making the details public.
“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.
“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”, Metuh said.
He, however, stressed that in the course of his duties as the spokesperson of the PDP, former President Jonathan invited him and directed him to carry out some assignments relating to his 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”, Mr. Metuh said.
He, therefore, called on the present government “not use the apparatus of state power to settle personal scores”.