Former national publicity secretary of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh, yesterday described as a hoax, the petition asking the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to invite and interrogate ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on issues relating to his on-going trial.
A statement by Metuh’s lawyer, Ben Nwosu, stated that the former member of the Enugu State House of Assembly, Ikenna Ejezie, who filed the petition through Barrister Osuagwu Ugochukwu, is non-existent.
He added that the petition is not really against ex-President Jonathan, but a calculated attempt to sway public sentiments and the judiciary against Metuh.
The former spokesman of PDP is facing trial over N400m he received from Office of National Security Adviser (ONSA) over an assignment he said he undertook for former President Goodluck Jonathan.
According to Metuh’s lawyer “Our attention has been drawn to reports in the media regarding a petition by one Barrister Osuagwu Ugochukwu claiming to be representing a non-existent former member of the Enugu State House of Assembly, given as Ikenna Ejezie, and asking the EFCC to invite and interrogate ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on issues relating to the on-going trial of our client, Chief Olisa Metuh.
“Whereas we note that Barrister Ugochukwu has links with the EFCC and had appeared on behalf of the commission while representing its former chairman, Ibrahim Larmode at a hearing in the National Assembly last year, the claim that the petition is on behalf of a former member of Enugu State House of Assembly is false as no such individual ever served in that legislative house.”
He further added that “the petition is not really against ex-President Jonathan but actually a calculated attempt targeted at swaying public sentiments and the judiciary against our client in this orchestrated and well-funded media trial. The idea is to sway the minds of the public and the court to get a conviction based more on media trial than the laws of the land.