‘I received N25m from Metuh… but I returned it to the EFCC’ – Former VP’s aide

Former Special Adviser on political matters to former Vice President Namadi Sambo, Abba Dabo, has testified against the spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh.

Dabo, the eighth witness in the case against Metuh, said he was given N25 million to fight criticism in the traditional and in the social media against former President Goodluck Jonathan.

He however, revealed that he returned the money to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) when he discovered that it was part of arms funds, allegedly diverted by former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki.

“On December 16, 2014, Metuh paid N25m through Destra Investment Limited account into my personal account for purposes of publicity for the PDP.”

“When it became obvious that former President Goodluck Jonathan will run for office, government officials and party leaders started to meet to review the achievements of the government and prepare for the elections.”

“In the course of those meetings, a lot of concern was shown in the opposition’s total control of the media. The PDP was getting negative publicity, and ministers were told to speak more to the press to enhance the image of the government.”

“On my part, we set up a media support group and registered it as ‘Media Support System’ to do media work for the party. We commissioned writers to write and be paid to promote the government. We called it rapid response team, which was successful. It was its success that led to more meetings with Metuh.”

“Social media was becoming more stringent in the criticism of the PDP. Also, Hausa radio stations were vicious in the attack of the government and the party. Chief Metuh thought I could assist in mitigating this; that was why he gave me the N25m five days after the presidential nomination convention.”

“With that money, we set up a team of facilitators and young IT enthusiasts to run a website called, ‘What’s up Naija’ but we could not register it because the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) wanted it to be ‘What’s up Nigeria.’

“Because the money was linked to the controversial arms deal, I decided to return it. On my own accord, I decided the best way out of this rigmarole was to pay back the money. I paid it back to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC),” he revealed.

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