The spokesperson for the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Olisa Metuh, has stated that he never benefitted from any government contract during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
Mr. Metuh, who addressed a press conference on Tuesday in his office at PDP National secretariat, Abuja, said the clarification became necessary “taking into consideration the times we find ourselves, especially as they relate to me”.
Mr. Metuh said in the last seven months, as an opposition spokesperson, he has been “hounded, harassed, intimidated and threatened severally”.
He added that it was in order to avoid personal and family pressure that he refrained from informing the public.
“However, on account of recent information available to me, I now have cause to believe that the Federal Government is desperate and may have finalized plans to silence me.
“As someone who has been a private person, having not taken any public office, the choice of where, how and when to invest and conduct my personal business remains my prerogative.
“In this regard, I note that I never had any contract dealings with the immediate past Federal Government or any of its security apparatus,” he said.
The PDP spokesperson said in the course of his duties as the National Publicity Secretary of the party, former President Jonathan invited him and directed him to carry out some assignments relating to his office and which “he duly funded”.
“It is important to note that the former president was fully satisfied with the way and manner I handled the assignment” Mr. Metuh said.
He called on the present government “not use the apparatus of state power to settle personal scores”.