Fired PDP National Vice Chairman, Olisa Metuh faces Graft charges

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The disgraced and embattled former South-East National Vice-chairman of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Anambra State, Olisa Metuh will be the subject of an embezzlement investigation of party funds to the tune of N150 million.

The Chairman of the PDP in Anambra State, Mr. Ken Emeakayi, who made the disclosure while addressing party stakeholders in Awka, claimed that Metuh, alongside two other party officials were the statutory signatories to the party's account with UBA Plc., Awka branch when over N150m was transferred illegally from the PDP account to the account of a company, Pattergoff Nigeria Ltd, believed to be owned by Metuh, even though the company did not execute any known contract for the party.

 Mr. Emeakayi said part of the missing money included fees collected from councillorship and chairmanship aspirants for nomination forms for the botched December 4, 2010 local government elections as well as party donations from some citizens of the state. He also accused Metuh of evading investigation by the Police after the party filed a formal complaint.

 The much criticized ex-vice chair of the scandal-scarred South East PDP has denied any wrong doing blaming political opponents and detractors for waging a smear campaign to impugn his character and tarnish his reputation. But / understands that Metuh, who is no stranger to controversy, seems to have been the last man standing in the face of the numerous scandals and controversies that have been trailing the ruling party in the South east region that culminated in his ignominious dismissal from office last February.

Announcing the decision to fire Metuh, PDP Vice Chairman, Mr. Obi Arumgba, representing the Chairman, blamed Metuh's expulsion on 'administrative incompetence' especially his management of the PDP in both Abia and Anambra States, said to have been pedestrian and chaotic by anybody's standard. The PDP hierarchy also lamented Metuh's non-payment of the party's monthly dues for over 13 months which disqualifies his membership of the party.

This situation precipitated a no-confidence and dismissal vote on Metuh by the PDP Nnewi North Local Government chapter, which was subsequently, endorsed by the state PDP Exco and 326 ward executives from the 21 councils of the State, as well as PDP members in the House of Assembly. The enlarged summit comprising the State Executive Committee (Exco), Local Government exco, eventually unanimously agreed to expel Metuh for anti-party activities.

Metuh has again pleaded his innocence, maintaining that the party had no reason to expel him when the allegations against him are baseless.

Amongst his notable embarrassing escapades include the public fight he had in December 2010, at the Owerri International Airport in Imo State, with another PDP chieftain, Chris Uba. Metuh engaged Chris Uba in a boxing match that required the muscular intervention of by-standers and an emphatic traditional chieftaincy injunction to temper an irate and fuming Chief Chris Uba who accuse Metuh of double-crossing him. The two men thereafter boarded the same aircraft heading to Abuja.

Metuh, later called the altercation a minor issue adding that Chris Uba remains his friend, but sources explained that Chris became aware that Metuh had pitched tents with Andy Uba, his brother over the seat for the senate which Metuh had given him his endorsement in exchange for an undisclosed sum of money.

Parents, teachers and students of British Nigerian Academy, Abuja, would not forget the incident which led to the beating of the Vice Principal in the school by Metuh on February 19 this year. Metuh reportedly stormed the school premises and beat up Mr. Kola Pele for impounding his son's mobile telephone. It was learnt that his son, whose name was given as Derrick, an ex-student of the school, had visited to see his friends. The problem started when Derrick allegedly gave his phone to his friend for use against the schools policy that students must not use handsets while in school.

The VP, who witnessed the development, confiscated the phone. Derrick's mother, who accompanied her son during the visit, was said to have pleaded with the Vice Principal to return the phone to no avail. She then placed a call to her husband, who drove to the school in company of his aides in a convoy of three Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs). Metuh then reportedly dragged the 67-year old Vice Principal to the Proprietress' office and with his aides, beat him to within an inch of his life. He later claimed sarcastically that he and his aides were just trying to show the VP that "there was a difference between discipline and cruelty."