BY INNOCENT ANABA & VINCENT UJUMADU
AWKA – National Vice-Chairman of Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, in charge of South-East, Chief Olisa Metuh, yesterday, denied the allegation of forgery and stealing of funds belonging to the party, stressing that those making the allegation were merely witch-hunting him.
Meanwhile, the arraignment of Metuh, Mr Emma Nwaeze and Mr Chuba Egolum, before an Awka Magistrate’s Court, yesterday, over alleged forgery and stealing of the party’s funds, could not go on, as the trial magistrate was said to be attending a valedictory court session for a retiring state High Court judge.
Vanguard gathered that the matter might not have gone ahead, even if the magistrate had sat, as the case was not listed, following another petition by a faction of PDP in the state. The matter had been transferred to Zone 9, Umuahia.
Reacting to the Anambra State Police invitation to appear before the court, Metuh said he was not involved in the matter as he was not a signatory to PDP account.
He told Vanguard that when a faction of the party petitioned the police, alleging that he was among those who withdrew money from the account, the party in the South-East Zone petitioned Zone 9, Umuahia.
He said: “This is political witch-hunting being perpetrated by a faction in PDP which is bent on causing confusion in the party.
”I am not a signatory to the party’s account and there is no way I should have been involved in money transaction on behalf of the party. Those who are going about with this story are people who want to dent my image.”
He said no amount of blackmail would deter him from striving to move PDP forward in the state to enable it regain its number one position and urged members of the party to remain calm.
At the State Criminal Investigation Department, CID, yesterday, the police confirmed that the matter has been taken over by Zone 9 in Umuahia, adding that the state police command was no longer involved in the matter.