The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has called on the Federal Government to release its National Publicity Secretary,Mr Olisa Metuh, who has been in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, since last week, immediately or charge him to court.
The party made the demand in a statement issued in Abuja by its National Legal Adviser, Mr Victor Kwon, obtained by the Street Journal on Wednesday.
According to the statement, the PDP is resolute in challenging the continued detention of its spokesman for a week, which it claimed is beyond the limits provided by the laws in violation of his constitutionally guaranteed rights as a citizen.
It said the party was solidly behind its spokesman in the demand for the enforcement of his rights and liberty and, therefore, demanded that he be immediately released or charged to court.
The statement reads: “Chief Olisa Metuh has the right under the law to his statement and the onus lies on the investigating agency to charge him to court and not to arrogate itself the duties of the judiciary.
“The PDP has expressly explained in various statements and press conferences that it is not in any way against fighting corruption provided it is done within the confines of rule of law and respect for the fundamental Human rights of citizens.
“We also wish to reiterate our stand that President Buhari-led Federal Government has turned the anti- corruption fight as a witch-hunt on PDP leaders, with a view to decimating the party and installing its desired one party state in the country.
“All lovers of democracy, including the international community, should take critical look at the various breaches of this administration and the threat it brings to civil liberty and national stability and rein in this government to respect the values of democracy.”
It further denied media reports credited to Mr Abdullahi Jalo,an official of the party, asking former President Goodluck Jonathan to speak up on the $2.1 billion arms scandal allegedly involving former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, and some top politicians, stressing that Jalo was speaking for himself.
“The national leadership of the party wishes to clarify that Jalo is not a member of the National Working Committee and does not have the mandate of the party to speak on its behalf on any matter whatsoever.
“Under our constitution, only the National Chairman and the National Publicity Secretary or any body so designated by the National Chairman or the National Working Committee speaks for the party. Jalo, clearly does not have this mandate and could not have been speaking for our party,” the statement added.