An aide to former Publicity Secretary of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh has revealed how his principal had to fund the party’s publicity during the 2015 election campaign.
The aide, Richard Ihediwa, who is a defence witness was Metuh’s Personal Assistant on Media, said this on Thursday at the Federal High Court presided by Justice Okon Abang.
While answering questions from by the defence counsel, Mr. Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN), Ihediwa said Metuh resorted to using his personal money due to lack of funds.
He said, “But Metuh begged and asked me to understand that the office was not funded.
“That was when it was decided that extra hands be hired but he (Metuh) said he will pay them from his pocket.
“The nature of our schedule was so tight that I literally broke down because of pressure of work. I couldn’t cope because I was alone.
“I told Metuh I would not be able to continue except he hired other professionals.
“He reminded me that funding was an issue in the party and said he had severally made a case to the national working committee to no avail.
“He pleaded I should continue but I said I couldn’t under such conditions.”
He said Metuh took the step as he didn’t want to fail as a publicity secretary.
He said, “He (Metuh) bought laptops, cameras, video cameras and was the one paying the monthly allowances of the five new media aides he engaged.
“As I speak, the party has not refunded him that money.”
The trial judge, Justice Okon Abang, adjourned the case till Oct. 31 for continuation of trial.
Dolapo is a writer and journalist who works with YNaija. He has interests in Christianity, politics and sports.