From the information made available by EFCC, we learnt that 1.4Billion was found in the account of the PDP spokesman Chief Olisa Metuh. It was learnt that he has confessed how the 400 Million came about but yet to disclose the source of the remaining 1 Billion. We are putting it to EFCC to dig deeper and look inward to Abia State where probably the 1 Billion should came from. Why we are of this suggestion is that there was a finger pointing on 6th December 2014, 2 days to PDP governorship Primaries that former Gov. T.A. Orji of Abia State gave Olisa Metuh 2 Billion Naira to enable him have his way of writing the names of the candidates that should represent PDP in the general election. The deal was executed and the aggrieved like Dr. Uchechukwu Ogah was ignored even when it was cleared that the delegates voted for him.
Now that court of Appeal has given a common man in Abia State hope by restoring the mandate given to Dr. Alex Otti which was hijacked by PDP and Ikpeazu, EFCC should help Abians more by recovering our funds which is in the hands of Olisa Metuh now that Metuh is still in their custody.
There are indications that Abia State funds are in the account of Metuh because Abia State was one of his cash cows during the election especially during PDP primaries and the main election which everybody saw his influence. There were publications that they sold all the PDP ticket to T.A. Orji at the cost of 2 Billion Naira that was reason why they wrote candidates name instead of conducting primaries. Olisa Metuh was the instigator; he converted Abia State to his second home during elections and applauding T.A. Orji even for a project he never done.
Starting from PDP ward congress, house of assembly to governorship in Abia State, there were no primaries. Just to fulfil all righteousness they conducted a charade in the name of governorship primaries which Dr. Uchechukwu Samson Ogah was robbed his victory. His complains were given deaf ears because Olisah Metuh already helped T.A. Orji to settle other ringleaders.
It could be that 1 Billion out the 1.4Billion that Olisa Metuh has not said the source belongs to Abia State and we asked EFCC to continue holding him until he opens up. We want the fund given to be Metuh and others to return especially now that Abia State is broke. EFCC should know that Abians passed through hell from T.A.Orji and should endeavour to help us recover our funds used for the razzle-dazzle PDP primaries.
What is happening now is an indication that more souls would go in at Abia state level. Even those that collected unscrupulous funds from T.A. Orji and betrayed their party APGA will soon call to answer why such fund was given to them. It is unfolding that the time of using state fund to play politics has gone so let every soul that ate Abia state money in the name of buying them and their party prepare to refund or be jailed.
Those that were politically compensated with Abia State developmental funds during election period should start gathering the funds to return it because the era of returning funds have started and some people have already given the precedence.
Article by Onyemdi Nlewedum from Umuahia Abia State.