BY LAWRENCE ETIM.
At a Press Briefing last Thursday in Abuja, the National Publicity Secretary of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, made an allegation that a leader of the All Progressives Congress got a contract of N84bn from the suspended Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Mallam Lamido Sanusi. This he stated further was one of the reasons why the opposition party was pained when President Goodluck Jonathan suspended the CBN governor.
Apart from the foregoing, the party also alleged that another leader of the APC got another N5bn consultancy contract while Sanusi was in office. Metuh was commenting on the unveiling of the APC manifesto, which he said lacked character. He said, “The spirited defence for the suspended Central Bank Governor mounted by the APC was because the leaders of the party benefitted immensely from Sanusi.
“A fraudulent N84bn contract was awarded to a leader of the party while another N5bn was paid to another stalwart of the party as consultancy fee.” Metuh refused to give the names or the details of the contracts. When asked for reaction, the Interim National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, promised to react “soon.” He said he was attending a summit in Abuja.
Meanwhile, Metuh has described the manifesto which was released by the party last Thursday as a product of what he called “Janjaweed ideology.” He also described the manifesto as a roadmap to anarchy which he said was typical of all anti-democratic coalitions and claimed that the manifesto lacked character, depth and that it completely addressed no issue. Metuh said the manifesto ranked security of lives and property low and that it gave no clue as to its preparedness to tackle terrorism.