Abuja - A former presidential aide, Doyin Okupe, has told a court how former President Goodluck Jonathan paid the spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh, N400 million for the party’s publicity effort, Premium Times reported.
Mr. Okupe appeared before a federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday, as a defence witness in the trial of Mr. Metuh. Olisa Metuh, who is standing trial over his alleged role in the $2.1 billion arms deal involving the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Mohammed Sambo Dasuki (rtd), This Day reported.
Mr. Okupe, a former senior special assistant on public affairs to Mr. Jonathan, said that as the leader of the party, Mr. Jonathan issued money for the party’s activities, and could also ask a subordinate to handle such assignment.
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He said Mr. Jonathan had told him that Mr. Metuh and some consultants had some suggestions regarding the way forward for the party.
Mr. Okupe further said the former president instructed that Mr. Metuh be paid N400 million for the project.
“Very early in the morning, I got a call from Chief Metuh who told me that he had received N400 million from the president,” Mr. Okupe said.
The case was adjourned till Thursday.
- News24 Nigeria