Metuh Files Human Rights Suit Against EFCC

MetuhThe National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Olisa Metuh has filed an abuse of human rights suit against the EFCC.

Counsel to Metuh, Mr Ifedayo Fadipe told the Abuja high court that his client was being held illegally by the commission beyond the time stipulated by law.

He asked the court to compel the commission to either release his client on administrative bail or charge him to court as required by law.

In the meantime, the EFCC has insisted it has a valid court order to detain Mr Olisa Metuh.

Counsel to the EFCC , Mr. Rotimi Jacobs said that contrary to the insinuation that Metuh is being held unlawfully, the commission had obtained an order of a court in line with the administration of Criminal Justice Act, approving the detention of the politician pending the completion of investigation into the allegations against him.

Meanwhile, 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 PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr Olisa Metuh.

Mr Metuh, according to the charges, transferred the sum of $1 million 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.

EFCC Files 7-Count Charge Against Olisa Metuh

bayelsa-MetuhThe 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.

Anambra PDP To Conduct Senatorial Primary Election ‘Soon’

pdpThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Anambra State says it will soon conduct the primary election for Anambra Central Senatorial zone.

The announcement was made by the State Chairman of the party, Ken Emeakayi, during the solidarity visit of the 109 wards and seven local government executive committees of the PDP from Anambra Central Senatorial district.

According to Mr Emeakayi, the party at the state level would liaise with the national executive to fix a date for the primary election while the agitation for the release of Mr Olisah Metuh continues since the election has a time frame.

He called for calm among the members in the face of all the travails of the party, maintaining that it remained strong and formidable both in the state and at the national level.

The senatorial primary election was earlier suspended by the PDP in agitation for the release of the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP and leader of party in Anambra State, Mr Olisa Metuh, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

One of the candidates, Uche Ekwunife, has defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Presidency Has No Hand In EFCC Affairs – Information Minister

EFCCThe Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, on Wednesday said the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has no hands in the way the EFCC carries out its functions.

Mr Mohammed disclosed this on Wednesday to State House correspondents in Abuja while responding to reactions trialling Mr Olisa Metuh’s arrest by the EFCC.

The Minister challenged the media to carry out investigations on such reports to authenticate whether such allegations are true or false.

“I think the first point to make is that this government is not micro-managing any of the anti-graft agencies. I know for a fact that they don’t contact the President or anybody before they do their job.

“I think the media also has to do more than they are doing right now, they should investigate these allegations and also make their independent judgment about it.

“Honestly, if the EFCC or ICPC says that they are able to trace certain amount of money to my account, I don’t want you to believe it, I want you to also ask for proof; do your investigation.

“I can assure you that this government, no functionary in government micromanages or directs the EFCC or ICPC on who to arrest and who not to arrest”, he said.

This is coming after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arrested the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Olisa Metuh, on Tuesday morning.

According to a statement, officials of the anti-graft agency told the opposition party spokesman that he was being invited on a friendly note to answer questions at the EFCC Headquarters in Abuja.

The PDP subsequently released a statement, signed by its National Secretary, Prof. Wale Oladipo, that the arrest of Mr Metuh was part of a larger script by the government to ensure that the party’s wings were finally clipped.

The party said that it was not surprised by the arrest because according to them, it came after series of threats on the PDP spokesperson.

“The excesses of security agencies under this government, especially the Directorate of Security Services (DSS) and the EFCC, in abridging the human rights of PDP members have become worrisome and a threat to our democratic evolution,” the statement read.

 

PDP Reacts To Metuh’s Arrest

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PDP National Secretary, Professor Wale Oladipo,

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has raised an alarm over the arrest of its spokesperson, Mr Olisa Metuh.

The party, in a statement by its National Secretary, Professor Wale Oladipo, said that the arrest of Mr Metuh, based on an intelligence the party claims it got, is part of a larger script by the government to ensure that PDP’s wings are finally clipped.

Professor Oladipo added that the effort was part of a mission of the APC-led government to install a dictatorial one-party state in the country.

The party, however, said that it is not surprised by Mr Metuh’s arrest because according to them, it came after series of threats on their party’s spokesperson.

The PDP then said that “the excesses of security agencies under this government, especially the Directorate of Security Services (DSS) and the EFCC, in abridging the human rights of PDP members have become worrisome and a threat to our democratic evolution.”

The party went further to say that it was “aware of top directives to break Chief Metuh and if possible poison him during his detention by the EFCC”.

The PDP alleged that Mr Metuh has, since his arrest at about 10AM on Tuesday morning, been kept incommunicado, with his lawyers denied access to him.

The opposition party alleged that the arrest of its spokesperson is the last straw that may break Nigeria’s democracy.

The party then forewarned the Federal Government and its agencies to save the nation’s democracy and release its National Publicity Secretary.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday arrested the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr Olisa Metuh, but is yet to disclose the reasons behind the arrest.

Mr Metuh, had several days ago, released statements on alleged threat on him because of his “efforts at criticising the ruling party and the actions of the government”.

He said that on account of information available to him, he had cause to believe that the Federal Government was desperate and might have finalised plans to silence him.

EFCC Arrests PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh

metuhThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Olisa Metuh.

A statement issued by the Special Assistant to Mr Metuh stated that he was arrested at his home by four officials of the EFCC on Tuesday morning at about 10:00AM and was taken away in an unmarked white Hiace bus.

The statement added that the officials told the opposition party spokesman that he was being invited on a friendly note to answer questions at the anti-graft agency’s headquarters in Abuja.

A PDP official told Channels Television that efforts by Mr Metuh’s aides and lawyers to reach him has proved abortive since he was taken into custody.

Details regarding his arrest remains unclear as the EFCC is yet to disclose the reasons behind the invitation.

Mr Metuh, had several days ago, released statements on alleged threat on him because of his “efforts at criticising the ruling party and the actions of the government”.

He said that on account of information available to him, he had cause to believe that the Federal Government was desperate and might have finalised plans to silence him.

Promote Unity Not Insult Buhari, PDP Urges Nigerians

Promote Unity, Not Insult Buhari - PDP Urges NigeriansThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged citizens to pray for the unity and stability of Nigeria instead of hurling insults on President Muhammadu Buhari while celebrating this yuletide.

The PDP in a statement on Thursday by the party’s spokesperson, Mr Olisa Metuh, charged Nigerians to use this year’s Eid-El-Maulud and Christmas to recommit their individual and collective security as well as economic welfare into the hands of God.

According to the party, “The special prayers have become essential as the nation is now, more than ever before, in dire need of divine intervention, especially as citizens cope with the sudden hardship occasioned by poor management of the nation’s economy in the last seven months.”

PDP said that the two important celebrations, coming at a trying time, offers the people an opportunity to put aside their political, religious and ethnic differences and unite against their prevailing common challenges.

“Nigerians across board have in the last few weeks been recalling the campaign promises made by President Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC), particularly their December 24, 2014 Christmas message wherein they promised several reforms and welfare programmes that will, in their own words, ‘begin to positively impact on the citizenry within its (APC) first few months at the helm, to such an extent that Nigerians will have a better Christmas celebration in 2015.

“Whilst we understand the indignation, frustration and disappointments occasioned by the long list of unfulfilled promises and dashed expectations under the current regime (and justifiably so), we urge that Nigerians should not recourse to hauling insults on the President as such would not bring the succour they seek.

“The challenges we face today as a nation should not make us lose our dignity and demureness as a people. They should not make us miss the essence and meanings of Eid-El-Maulud and Christmas and the divine succour they bring, especially the assurance that there is always an end to every negative situation.

“The PDP therefore, calls on all Nigerians to use the occasions to reflect on those things that bind us together as a nation; show love to one another and commit the nation into God’s hands, even as we charge the political class to be conscious of divine accountability in all their dealings,” the statement read.

PDP Describes 2016 Budget As ‘Fraud’

PDP Describes 2016 Budget As FraudThe main opposition party in Nigeria, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2016 budget as a fraud.

The PDP declared this in a statement by its spokesperson, Mr Olisa Metuh, on Tuesday after the President presented the 2016 financial plan to lawmakers at the National Assembly in Abuja.

The party said the federal budget, as presented by President Buhari, was a big fraud and a grand plan to mortgage the future of Nigeria.

“Decision to borrow two trillion Naira, the biggest in the history of the nation is the height of recklessness and deceit from a government that trends on propaganda,” the PDP said.

It also queried what President Buhari said was the proposed plan of government to borrow.

In the statement, Mr Metuh expressed fears of the implication of huge borrowing to fund the planned welfare programmes.

The party said the planned programmes were meant to siphon the funds, as a means to satisfy partisan interests and settle huge campaign debts.

“The 2016 budget, the first major economic policy outing of this government, is completely unrealistic,” the PDP decried.

PDP Asks INEC To Declare Wada Winner Of Kogi Governorship Election

PDP Caucus Meets Ahead Kogi Supplementary Polls

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the decision to replace the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the supplementary election slated for December 5, saying there is no provision for such in the constitution and the electoral law.

The party made its position known in a communiqué issued at the end of its emergency national caucus meeting on Wednesday.

In the communique signed by the party’s spokesman, Mr Olisa Metuh, the PDP responded to various statements that followed the death of Abubakar Audu, including that of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami.

Mr Abubakar said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) could substitute its candidate, who died a day after the November 21 poll, in the supplementary elections.

The party insists that with the death of the APC candidate, Abubakar Audu, the APC has legally crashed out of the governorship race, and that has left INEC with no other lawful option than to declare the PDP candidate, Captain Idris Wada as the winner of the election.

The PDP noted that if the APC is allowed to substitute its original candidate, then the party would have fielded two separate candidates in the same election, a scenario that is completely alien to the electoral laws and to any known democratic norms and practice world-over.

Full Text: Communique Issued At The End Of The Emergency National Caucus Meeting Of The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Held On Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The National Caucus of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) met on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 in Abuja wherein it thoroughly considered the developments arising from the conduct of the inconclusive governorship election in Kogi State and resolved as follows:

1) Completely rejects the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in yielding to the unlawful prompting of a clearly partisan Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Mr Abubakar Malami, to allow APC to substitute a candidate in the middle of an election, even when such has no place in the Constitution and the Electoral Act.

2) Insists that with the death of its candidate, Prince Abubakar Audu, the APC has legally crashed out of the governorship race as no known law or constitutional provision allows the substituting of candidates, once the ballot process has commenced.

3) Insists that with the unfortunate death of Prince Abubakar Audu, the APC has no valid candidate in the election, leaving INEC with no other lawful option than to declare the PDP candidate, Captain Idris Wada as the winner of the election.

4) Notes that the combine reading of the provisions of the constitution and Electoral Act does not in any war whatsoever support the substitution of candidates for election in the middle of the ballot process.

5) Notes that if APC is allowed to substitute its original candidate, then the party would have fielded two separate candidates in the same election, a scenario that is completely alien to our electoral laws and to any known democratic norms and practice world-over.

6) Caucus observes that the APC, fully aware that it has no case before the law is now orchestrating confusion in the polity with a view to diverting attention from its glaring incompetence and failure of governance.

7) Observes that the leadership of INEC as presently constituted under the Chairmanship of Professor Mahmood Yakubu has demonstrated that it is incapable of neutrality and as such cannot be vested with the conduct of the Kogi governorship supplementary election as well as the December 5, 2015 Bayelsa governorship election.

8) As a result, caucus demands the immediate resignation of the chairman and all national commissioners of INEC to pave the way for a new non-partisan commission to conduct the forth-coming elections.

9) Caucus also demands the immediate resignation of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Mr Abubakar Malami, for deliberately misleading INEC into arriving at the unconstitutional decision of allowing APC to substitute its candidate in the inconclusive election.

10) Notes that in order to save the nation’s democracy from imminent collapse, the PDP as a critical stakeholder will immediately challenge this unlawful and unconstitutional decision by INEC in the court.

11) Caucus also alerts that the AGF, INEC and APC are creating a scenario where a loser in a primary will patiently wait for the winning candidate to finish election and then have him either poisoned or assassinated before the final collation of results.

12) Caucus calls on the international community to prevail on the APC government to stop this ceaseless assault on our democracy.

Signed:

Chief Olisa Metuh
National Publicity Secretary

 

Stop Whining And Rebrand, APC Tells PDP

APCThe All Progressives Congress (APC) has dismissed the communique issued by the PDP after its national caucus’ meeting, which ended close to midnight on Thursday.

The APC says the PDP statement on the so-called political developments in the nation is a rehash of the opposition party’s infantile whining which will not save it from going down unless it rebrands urgently.

In a statement issued in Lagos on Friday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the APC said that the PDP cannot continue to do things in its trademark old ways and expect a different result.

“It is time for the PDP to take a long, hard look at itself in the mirror and change everything that is ugly about the party, instead of wasting its energy and time on irrelevancies,” the party said, adding that the PDP was the architect of its own fall from power.

“The days of winning elections with the aid of slush funds, brigandage, deceit and rigging are gone forever, hence the PDP must return to the drawing board to fashion out decent and empirical ways of repackaging and selling itself to Nigerians, just like the opposition did when they decided to come together.

“Instead of a blanket and unsubstantiated accusation against the judiciary over the election petition tribunal rulings in Rivers and Akwa Ibom, the PDP would have shown itself to be a serious party if it had provided statistics on how many of the cases filed at the various election petition tribunals nationwide, after the 2015 elections, have so far been decided in favour of the PDP and the APC, so that Nigerians can see whether the PDP has not won any single petition or whether all the cases have been won by the APC.

”The PDP has forgotten that the same judiciary that it is wilfully castigating today had decided many election petitions in favour of the party and against the APC, whether at the Governorship, National Assembly or State Assembly levels, and the ruling party has not opted to bring the whole house crashing down on everyone just because of that.

”Going down the memory lane, when the PDP took itself to court in 2007 over the Governorship election in Rivers, the same judiciary that has now become an apparition to the PDP awarded the Governorship to a candidate who never even featured on the ballot because the party crookedly substituted his name. Then, the PDP did not see the judiciary as being used by the then PDP Administration, neither did the opposition castigate the judiciary,” it said.

APC admonished the PDP to engage in strategic thinking that could propel the party forward, rather than continue to be nostalgic about its past, as the 16 years of the PDP are nothing to celebrate.

Stating that President Muhammadu Buhari has brought sanity to governance in spite of the PDP’s attempts to distract him, the ruling party said that the PDP’s “ceaseless and ill-advised attack on the judiciary, the endless put-down of government agencies and the demonization of everyone but itself would fetch the party nothing but political grief”.

”Our parting word for the PDP; stop throwing juvenile tantrums against everyone, especially the judiciary. Stop wasting your energy on frivolous accusations. Learn how to communicate your thoughts to Nigerians in a more civilized way and put your shoulder to the wheel if you want to reincarnate as a force to be reckoned with in our country’s political firmament,” APC said.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had criticised the recent tribunal judgment on Rivers State governorship election, accusing the Department for State Services of interference.

Shortly after the PDP national caucus’ meeting, the party’s spokesman, Mr Olisa Metuh, told reporters that there was serious cause for concern in the nation’s political environment, especially as it concerns the survival of the nation’s democracy.

He wondered why the tribunal was able to deliver a judgement within 24 hours “in a case that had nearly 100 witnesses, 1,000 pieces of documentary evidences and nine written addresses, each not less than 40 pages,” raising concerns about the judgement of the Election Petition Tribunal.

PDP Raises Issues Of Interference In Rivers Governorship Election Judgment

Olisa-MetuhThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has criticised the recent Tribunal judgment on Rivers State governorship election, accusing the Department for State Services of interference.

Shortly after the PDP national caucus’ meeting, which ended close to midnight on Thursday, the party’s spokesman, Mr Olisa Metuh, told reporters that there was serious cause for concern in the nation’s political environment, especially as it concerns the survival of the nation’s democracy.

He said that the National caucus of the Peoples Democratic Party carefully reviewed the political development in the nation’s polity before it came out with the resolution.

“For emphasis, the PDP and Nigerians wonder why it was necessary to interfere with the composition of the Rivers State Governorship Tribunal and to harass resident electoral commissioner severally to the extent that the Tribunal itself was able to deliver a judgement within 24 hours in a case that had nearly 100 witnesses, 1,000 pieces of documentary evidences and nine written addresses, each not less than 40 pages,” he said, raising concerns about the judgement of the Election Petition Tribunal.

“Pretentious War”

The spokesman for the PDP said that the outcome of the decision, “in view of a rather interesting history of the case”, indicated that the Nigerian people and the PDP were victims of the APC-led government.

Making comments about the walk out staged by the Senators of the PDP during the confirmation of the former Governor of Rivers State, Mr Chibuike Amaechi, on Thursay, Mr Metuh said it was a decision that showed the party’s stand against corruption.

“We salute the courage and unity of purpose of our Senators, especially as demonstrated in the Senate chambers today in their collective stand against impunity and corruption in line with the wishes and aspirations of Nigerians.”

He said that the action of the APC Senators during the confirmation plenary at the Senate had put a dent on the ruling party’s “pretentious war against corruption”.

 

Fighting Corruption Can Be An Economic Policy – Lawyer

john oloyede on fight against corruptionA Nigerian lawyer says fighting corruption and blocking the leakages through which Nigeria’s common wealth is been stolen, could be an economic policy of the Nigerian Government.

Speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Monday, Mr John Oloyede said that “most Nigerians don’t know the economy policy or social policy of the government which could be because of what had been delayed.

“My own view is that fighting corruption can be a policy of the government and President Muhammadu Buhari had made it known from the inception that his government is based on fight against corruption.

“Looking at it from the perspective of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), why should blocking leakages, arresting corrupt politicians be selective?”, he questioned.

While agreeing that it was out of place that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and other anti-graft agencies seemed to be chasing down people in the opposition party, Mr Oloyede said that such scenario was “not a new thing in the polity”.

Mr Oloyede further spoke about his perception of the fight against corruption by the government and agencies. “The government of the day and previous government keep fighting corruption on the pages of the dailies”, he stressed.

While stating that it was possible to trace stolen wealth or diverted property, he added that the country “does not have people who are going to trace the suspects”.

“How many cases that have been blown up in the media at the investigatory stages, have ended successful for the EFCC? The best they’ve done so far, is plea bargaining, which is ridiculous.

“I doubt whether anything serious would change in this country because there are apparatus of government that would bring about the change which is seriously suspect.

“How many prominent people in this country have been jailed for crimes they commit?”, he questioned.

The PDP had accused the Federal Government of dictatorship, alleging that the administration of President Buhari is only using the anti-corruption posture as a tool to witch-hunt PDP members and perceived political opponents of the APC government.

However, in a swift reaction, the President’s Adviser on Media, Mr Femi Adesina said that Mr Olisa Metuh’s claim that the President’s anti-corruption war was one-sided was untrue.

Giving his opinion about the response of Mr Femi Adesina to the allegation made by the PDP, Mr Oloyede said, “I think Mr Adesina is carrying out his duty.

“Ordinarily, it’s not a kite that should fly at such an altitude. I don’t think what the PDP said is worthy of the presidential remark.

“What I envisioned was a response from the EFCC”, he said.