This is the third part of an interview with Olisa Metuh.
In the third part of our interview with the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Olisa Metuh, PREMIUM TIMES sought to know why the PDP welcomes back some former members who are facing criminal investigation or prosecution, such as former governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose.
Mr. Metuh said the law presumes anyone innocent until they are found guilty. The PDP spokesperson said no one should be treated like a criminal when the person is still being investigated.
“Fayose is an asset to the PDP; he performed well as a governor. He was victimized at a stage because of his political feelings and beliefs.
“He is a strong politician and people love him and we are proud of him, and we have no qualms about re-admitting him. We are actually very happy that Fayose has come back to PDP,” Mr. Metuh said.
Mr. Fayose is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for embezzling state funds of over N400 million. He was impeached by the state’s lawmakers, in October 2006, who were allegedly under pressure from former President Olusegun Obasanjo, a PDP leader.
Mr. Metuh said instead of castigations, Nigerians should commend the PDP for bringing to the attention of relevant security agencies the conduct of some of their members.
He said the party does not shield its officers, whether elected or appointed, from the law.
“There is no any other political party or government in Nigeria that has tried to expose any criminal activity in their state or their domain like we are doing in our party.
“Does it mean that there is no any other criminal in other parties, does it mean that there is no any other person that can be investigated for any shady dealings in the other parties? Look at what is happening in Lagos state for instance with their economic activities being controlled by one man who is not even in government,” he said.
The party spokesperson also talked about the shaky relationship between the executive and the legislature.
“The relationship between them is not perfect and it shouldn’t be,” he said
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