Abuja - The People's Democratic Party (PDP)
has maintained demands its spokesperson, Olisa Metuh, be immediately released
or charged in court.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission detained him
recently for alleged corruption.
A statement attributed to EFCC on Tuesday suggested Metuh
would be relased if he paid back the money he is alleged to have received in
the so-called Dasukigate scandal.
Such funds, meant for procurement of weapons for the
military, were said to have been corruptly paid out to some individuals and
companies by former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuku.
Victor Kwon, National Legal Adviser of the opposition
party, said the official position of the party remained that the spokesman should be released or charged to
court as he remained "innocent until proven otherwise" by a court of
This, he said, was in in line with the provisions of the
constitution and the laws of Nigeria.
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“The PDP is therefore resolute in challenging the
continued detention of our spokesman for a week now," Kwon said.
He said this was beyond the limits provided by the laws
in violation of his constitutionally guaranteed rights as a citizen.
"We are solidly behind our spokesman in the demand
for the enforcement of his rights and liberty. Our demand that he is
immediately released or charge to court has not changed,” Kwon said.
The party also explained it was not in any way against
fighting corruption provided it is done within the confines of rule of law and
respect for the fundamental human rights of citizens.
“We also wish to reiterate our stand that President
Buhari-led Federal Government has turned the anti- corruption fight as a
witch-hunt on PDP leaders."
Kwon said the actions were with a view to
decimating the party and installing a one-party state in the country,” Kwon
- CAJ News