PDP spokesman, Olisa Metuh
The Peoples Democratic Party Governors' Forum has termed the handcuffing of the party's spokesman, Olisa Metuh as a 'step away from full blown fascism and terrible decay of power” by the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The PDP national secretary who was arrested by the officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly receiving N400 million from the $2.1 billion arms fund from former National Security Adviser Col. Sambo Dasuki (Rtd).
Metuh was taken to court on Tuesday in handcuffs and again on Thursday.
In a statement on Thursday, January 21, by Coordinator of PDP Governors' Forum Earl Osaro Onaiwu, the governors said the action was meant to deride not only Metuh but to cast the party in bad light before Nigerians and portray it as a party of corrupt individuals even when they were yet to be convicted by any competent court.
According to the governors, the APC-led government was yet to learn from history for subjecting its spokesman to 'inhuman' treatment and called on security and anti-graft agencies to be mindful of how they take instructions from political office holders as the APC will not be in power forever.
“The only reasonable conclusion we have reached is that the anti-corruption agencies and other institutions of state have allowed themselves to be dictated to by a single vindictive authority which takes pleasure in using power anyhow and in anyway in gross abuse of the constitution, African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and human liberty.
"The cuffing of the national publicity secretary of the PDP exemplifies a terrible decay of power by the APC regime which sees itself bigger than the democratic state, Nigeria, which brought it to power,” the statement read.