The office of the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party has refuted allegations that the spokesman of the party, Olisa Metuh, received N1.4 billion and was placed on a N4 million monthly stipend from the Office of the former National Security Adviser.
Since Metuh honoured an invitation at the Abuja headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday, speculation has continued to trail the reason for his detention as the commission has yet to disclose the offence committed by the opposition PDP’s spokesman.
In a statement by his media aide, Richard Ihediwa, on Friday, the party said: “These reports are completely false, mischievous and fabricated to mislead the public and derail the course of proper investigation on issues relating to Chief Metuh”.
Ihediwa insisted that neither Metuh nor his office received the figures being bandied about in the media.
“We therefore challenge the EFCC to substantiate that Chief Metuh received the said N1.4 billion figure, as well as make public any evidence that he ever received N4 million monthly stipend from the Office of the National Security Adviser.
“This office is deeply worried at the turnout of events since Tuesday when Chief Metuh was arrested and detained while fictitious figures continue to be bandied against him in the media.
“Chief Metuh, as a well-known citizen and a public figure, had always stated his readiness to honor any invitation by the EFCC or any agency of government for that matter on any issue regarding any allegations against him.
“This office is therefore persuaded that the continued detention of Chief Metuh is ostensibly part of the plot by the APC to silence or keep the opposition spokesperson out of circulation for obvious reasons of clipping the wings of the opposition PDP”, said the statement.