Olisa Metuh, a former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has revealed how former President Goodluck Jonathan, paid N400 million into his bank account.
Metuh told Justice Okon Abang of the Abuja division of the Federal High Court that he got N400 million from Jonathan before the 2015 presidential election.
The former PDP mouthpiece spoke from the witness box while testifying in defense on the seven-count charge against him.
Metuh claimed that the former President requested for his account number, after watching his presentation on the strategies needed to be employed by the PDP to defeat the All Progressives Congress, APC, and its presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari.
Recall that Metuh is defending a seven-count money laundering charge brought by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against him and his Destra Investment Limited.
According to Metuh, the money was sent to his account after he exposed some of the challenges that were facing Jonathan’s re-election bid.
Metuh told justice Abang that Jonathan was very impressed with the presentation and said that the party was in good financial standing to sponsor a favorable media campaign.
“He requested that I should give him account details for him to send money to handle what he called special assignment. He said the success of the assignment would go a long way in determining the survival of our democracy, especially the holding of a peaceful election.
“The President also directed his aides, Reuben Abati, Doyin Okupe and Oronto Douglas, to work directly with me under the supervision of Chief Anenih.
“As we got to the car park, the national chairman told me that since the President was comfortable with my proposal for the media campaign, I should come to his house with my bill, together with the national financial secretary.
He directed the national financial secretary to approve my outstanding bills and to keep for emergencies for my media campaign.
“Subsequently, he approved the programme for the party’s media campaign.
“The President later told me that he had paid N400 million to my account and that I should start the assignment immediately. I thanked him and I directed Mr. Sam Ben, my executive assistant to call my account officer.
We asked her whether I had N400 million inflow into my account. She took a couple of minutes and confirmed the payment of N400 million. Consequent upon that, we started the assignment.”
Asked if he was aware of the source of the N400 million, Metuh said: “I know the payment came from the President as a leader of the party and with assurances of the funds that he personally raised from his friends.
It is normal that the leader or candidate in an election spends money and contributions that are mostly made directly to him. I had knowledge that the leader of the party informed me that he made the payment of N400 million into my account.”
Metuh said that he never knew the anti-graft was investigating him until his statement of account was published in a national daily: “I became worried, so I called my account officer to ask her whether the EFCC was investigating my accounts and why the bank failed to inform me before giving the details of my account to the media. She promised to get a copy of the statement to me but it was the same day that I was invited and arrested by EFCC.
“In the EFCC, when they showed me what they said was my account, they asked me whether I had any business with any government establishment.
“I wrote down that, to the best of my knowledge, I had not done any contract or business with any government office within the last one year. They asked me whether I met with Dasuki, whether I had business with him and the ONSA.”
Justice Abang adjourned further hearing on the matter till March 4.
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