Abdullahi Jalo, deputy PDP national spokesman, has said the party cannot take responsibility for the allegations against Metuh and others because the money they are accused of taking was never deposited into an official PDP bank account, but rather into their personal bank accounts, according to a Voice of America report.
“Let us call a spade a spade,” Jalo said. “There is money allocated to purchase arms to fight Boko Haram, which is an act of the National
Assembly, and then instead of the money to be used properly, there is an allegation by EFCC that out of this money Olisa Metuh has collected 400 million naira, our former PDP Board of Trustees Chairman, Tony Anenih has collected 252 million naira.
“So there is a lot of money collected indiscriminately without the party knowing,” he said.
Jalo said the public must separate the company Destra Investment Limited, for which Metuh allegedly collected the money, from the PDP, which is a political party.
“PDP has no hand as a party; it has not sent Olisa or any other person to go and collect money on its behalf because PDP is a political party. It doesn’t do contracts. If any money is to be given to PDP, it must go into the account of the PDP,” Jalo said.
The Buhari administration has vowed to reduce corruption in Nigeria by recovering “stolen” government money.
It has denied that its anti-corruption effort is a witch-hunt of former aides of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
Metuh last Wednesday asked the court to begin his trial or release him from EFCC custody. The court rejected his request for a speedy hearing.