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Dasukigate: Court admits Metuh’s evidence of N400m expenditure

By Godwin Tsa, Abuja on 21/05/2019

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•Chief Olisa Metuh
•Chief Olisa Metuh

Former National Publicity Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Chief Olisa Metuh has tendered before the Abuja division of the Federal High Court, documentary evidence detailing how the alleged N400m was used in executing the special national assignment which he claimed was given to him by former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Meanwhile, the document titled “final account” showcasing the expenditure subheads of the N400 million has been admitted in evidence by the court.

The document also contained the names of professionals who worked with him and received funds in execution of the said assignment.

Among them are politicians, professionals in various fields, including university lecturers.

Justice Okon Abang equally admitted in evidence, media publications wherein, in response to Metuh’s arrest and arraignment in 2016, the leadership of the PDP affirmed that the PDP did not in any way benefit from the fund, contrary to allegations that it was used for political activities of the party.

The documents were tendered on Tuesday by Metuh while being led in evidence by his counsel, Abel Ozioko.

Metuh had on April 10, 2019, tendered a document detailing disbursements, names and signatures of individuals who received funds in execution of the national assignment, which was also admitted by the court as Exhibit 20.

He told the court that he personally handed the final account to former President Jonathan who commended him for his thoroughness in executing the assignment, which according to him, entailed “intensive nationwide advocacy to douse the tension created by the problems of insurgency and sectional agitations, which posed threats to the conduct of the 2015 general elections and the cooperate existence of our nation at that time.”

Metuh told the court that no part of the N400m was spent on any activity of the PDP, contrary to the claims of the EFCC, as his record of account and receipts of payments showed that the entire fund was used for the national assignment as directed by President Jonathan.

“No part of the N400 million was spent on any activity of the PDP. The record of account and all the expenditure made, with receipts, bearing the names of those who received funds show that the entire N400 million was expended in execution of the special national assignment as directed by President Jonathan,” Metuh said.

According to Metuh, “President Jonathan had always insisted that the party must not benefit from government funding and that no government fund or asset should be used to promote or support the activities of the party,” adding that party officials strictly adhered to that.

“My Lord, the PDP never benefitted from the N400m contrary to allegations and reports then in the public space. That was why the leadership of the PDP, through the then Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Abdullahi Jalo, made publications and emphatically stated the true position, that the PDP had nothing to do with the issue I was being charged with and will not provide sureties, since the party did not benefit from the money.”

Metuh further cleared the air on his earlier hesitation to give out the names of those who worked under him in the execution of the assignment to the EFCC, but preferred to tender them in court. He said such individuals included respected professionals in various fields, including university lecturers and he would not want them to suffer the embarrassment of unnecessary negative media report and misrepresentations at the time.

According to Metuh, “Exhibit D20 contains the names of professionals who worked with me and received funds in execution of the assignment. Because they accepted to participate in the assignment due to the confidence and trust they have in my integrity, I did not want them to suffer the humiliation of negative reports at the time.

“It was for this reason that I insisted that if there are any questions, repercussions, refunds or persecution to be suffered in that regard, it should be directed to me personally. That is the concept of leadership,” Metuh said.

The matter was adjourned to May 27, 28 and 30, 2019, for continuation of trial. (NAN)

Source News Express

Posted 21/05/2019 8:12:44 PM





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