Author(s): Chris Onyeose
January 27, 2014
The Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) says its new National Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, is not being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). This is according to Olisa Metuh, the PDP’s spokesman.
Speaking in Abuja Sunday, Metuh said, “Such reports linking Mu’azu with the EFCC investigation publications are mischievous and calculated to mislead the public. They are completely false and baseless.”
Metuh said the reports were part of a scheme by PDP’s opponents to distract its national chairman from “his determination and commitment to rebuild and reposition the party as the pre-eminent party in Nigeria”.
He said it was however true that Mu’azu, at the end of his tenure as Bauchi State Governor, was, like many other governors who were leaving office, invited by the EFCC.
“This was to respond to some petitions. But Mu’azu was never invited again by the EFCC on any other issue. The succeeding government, elected on the platform of the defunct ANPP in 2007, instituted a Panel of Inquiry,” Metuh said, “The panel went ahead to issue a White Paper against Mu’azu in spite of the fact that he did not appear before it. In the exercise of his lawful rights, Mu’azu challenged the entirety of the White Paper in suit no BA/295m/2009 at the Bauchi State High Court, No. 1. The suit was heard by no other judge than the Chief Judge of Bauchi State, Justice Mohammed Zango who, after hearing all the arguments, set aside the whole findings and quashed it into the dustbin of history.”
Metuh said that as a result, Mu’azu was cleared of all allegations. He further said it was therefore highly misleading for any person to make statements or sponsor publications purporting that Mu’azu was under investigation or any form of trial whatsoever.
Metuh urged those behind the statements and publications to desist from such and to bear in mind that there was divine judgement for those who bear false witness against the innocent.
He said Mu’azu was duly appointed as the PDP national chairman and was totally committed to performing his duties, irrespective of attempts from any quarter to distract him.