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PDP NWC Divided Over Metuh’s Bail … PDP leadership disowns Deputy Spokesman Insisting Secondus is Acting National Chairman

Patrick Osadebamwen, Abuja
The continued detention of the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Olisa Metuh has created a crack within members of the National Working Committee of the frontline opposition Party.
Barely eight hours after the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Abdullahi Jalo called on the former President to clear the air on whose directive the embattled former NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki disbursed the $2.1bn Arms money, the Legal Adviser of the Party, Barr Victor Kwon distanced the NWC from the position expressed by Jalo during his media briefing.
Jalo had said the party anyone going to bail Olisa Metuh was doing so on his private capacity as a citizen not the party stressing that members of the party allegedly involved in the disbursement of arms fund got these monies through their respective private companies and the PDP’s account.
Speaking on the behalf of the PDP leadership, Kwon said Jalo is on his own and cannot be speaking on behalf of the party.
Kwon said that the clarification became necessary as the statements credited to Jalo during his interaction with the Media were capable of misleading the party leaders, members and the public in general.
He hinted that the National Working Committee, NWC has yet met over the controversy surrounding the disbursement of the $2.1bn since it started as the Party was on recesses since December 2015.
Kwon further clarified that the PDP was not against the fight against corruption but would rather that the fight goes in consonance with the extant laws of the land in handling such matters especially on the rights of suspects to bail and respect of the orders of the court granting any suspect bail.
He said: “Party maintains that it is not opposed to the fight against corruption but the fight must be holistic and within the confines of the constitution of the country.
“Suspects cannot be locked up indefinitely without being charged to court or released on bail, especially when courts of competent jurisdiction abound within the area of arrest and detention”.
On the position of the Acting National Chairman raised by Jalo,he said that ” the party has duly lodged an appeal against the decision of the High Court of the FCT as well as filing application for Injunction Pending Appeal and Stay of Execution”.
“These processes are within the rights of the party since the FCT High Court is not the ultimate court on the matter.”

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