The Acting National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, has denied that the party asked former President Goodluck Jonathan to open up on the $2.1 billion arms scandal.
At least 12 prominent PDP chieftains, including a former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki are standing trial for their role in the sharing of the money meant for arms procurement under the Jonathan administration.
The party’s Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Abdullahi Jalo, had at a press briefing on Monday, called on the ex-President to respond to the claims by Dasuki that the money was shared on his directives.
But speaking at the party’s constitution amendment forum in Abuja on Tuesday, Secondus said Jalo spoke for himself and that his views did not represent the position of the PDP leadership.
“Let me make it clear to you that Jalo was only expressing his personal opinion because his views did not represent the position of the party.
“There was no time we discussed at the National Executive Committee (NEC) that Jonathan should speak on the arms deal scandal. There was no time such a thing came up at the NEC. So Jalo must be expressing his personal opinion,” Secondus said.
The chairman decried the continued detention of the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh and other party chieftains by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Metuh allegedly collected N400 million of the arms cash from Dasuki and was also reported to have collected various sums, which added up to N1.4 billion through Destra Investment Limited, a company in which he holds a substantial stake.
Secondus called on the EFCC to release Metuh immediately, saying his continued detention was against the rule of law and a breach of his fundamental human right.