‘Metuh queried PDP source of campaign funds’
Defence witness, Colet Odenigbo, in the trial of National Publicity Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh, yesterday disclosed that Metuh actually questioned the source of media campaign funds he received for the 2015 general elections.
Odenigbo testified before Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja.
The witness narrated how Metuh made attempts to find out from the former National Security Adviser (NSA) Sambo Dasuki, if the funds transferred to his account were from his office.
Odenigbo, a former Special Assistant on Science and Technology to former Imo State Governor, Ikedi Ohakim, said he actually accompanied Metuh to honour an invitation from the NSA.
At that meeting, he added, Metuh told him he never did any contract or business with the office of NSA that would warrant such payment into his account
He disclosed that he had only done a presentation before former President Goodluck Jonathan, who later paid the sum of N400 million to his account.
According to the witness, led in evident by Metuh’s Counsel, Emeka Etiaba, the ONSA team never disclosed the source of money credited to him.
“Metuh told the ONSA team that if the source of money was not from the campaign fund purse, that he would be willing to refund it, as he or his company never did any business or official transaction with the NSA,” the witness added.
The witness added that Metuh further told the team that “given his position as the National Publicity Secretary, he was aware that campaign contributions were given to the president, and that some of those monies were domiciled with the president.”