By Henry Umoru
ABUJA — NATIONAL leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, said yesterday that its National Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Muazu, was not under investigation, adding that he never embezzled money as governor of Bauchi State.
This was made known by the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh.
Metuh said Muazu, like many other former governors, was invited by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC after serving for two tenures of eight years to respond to some petitions, adding that he was never invited again by the EFCC on any other issue.
Reacting to media reports about the national chairman on the issue, Metuh said they were completely false and baseless.
He also noted that the reports were part of the “the vicious scheme by the opponents of PDP to distract the new national chairman from his determination and commitment to rebuild and reposition the PDP as the pre-eminent party in Nigeria.’’
Metuh added: “However, for the purposes of these opponents, the PDP wishes to state the following: that the true position is that at the end of his tenure as governor of Bauchi State, Mu’azu, like many other governors who had completed their tenures, was invited by the EFCC to respond to some petitions. Mu’azu was never invited again by the EFCC on any other issue.
“The succeeding government, elected on the platform of the defunct opposition ANPP in 2007, instituted a panel of inquiry which went ahead to issue a White Paper against Governor Mu’azu despite the fact that he did nor appear before it.
“In the exercise of his lawful rights, Mu’azu challenged the White Paper in suit number BA/295m/2009 at the Bauchi State High Court. The suit was heard by no other judge than the Chief Judge of Bauchi State, Justice Mohammed Ibrahim Zango, who after hearing all the arguments, set aside the whole findings and quashed it.”