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Metuh alleges govt plans to silence him


Olisa Metuh, National Publicity Secretary of the People's Democratic Party.

Olisa Metuh, National Publicity Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party.

National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh yesterday alleged that the Federal Government had concluded plans to “silence” him.

At an emergency press conference in Abuja Metuh however, admitted that he collected some money from former President Goodluck Jonathan to handle a job. He did not elaborate on the job.

His statement after the brief press conference after which no question was allowed reads:
“Gentlemen of the press, this press briefing is expedient, taken into consideration the times we find ourselves, especially as they relate to me.

In the last seven months, as opposition spokesperson, I have been hounded, harassed, intimidated and threatened severally. In order to avoid personal and family pressure, I had refrained from bringing them to the public domain.

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.
“Nevertheless, I make bold to state the following: 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.”

In the course of my duties as the National Publicity Secretary of our party, the then leader of our party and President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria invited me and directed that I carry out some assignment relating to my 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.
“Finally, I reiterate that the present government should not use the apparatus of state power to settle personal scores.”

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