The National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh, has eventually bowed to the superior directive of the Federal High Court, Abuja after a long legal battle between both of them as he has now commenced his defence at the court.
The spokesperson of the PDP is facing a seven-count charge bordering on money laundering to the tune of N400m he allegedly received from the diverted $2.1 billion meant for the purchase of arms by the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.
The trial judge, Justice Okon Abang had on April 8 held that Metuh must commence his defence on Monday after dismissing five applications preventing the commencement of the trial.
The embattled spokesman Metuh, however, refused to enter his defence after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Presented all its witnesses in the ongoing trial.
According to Metuh, one of the reasons for his refusal to enter his defence was that the trial judge, Justice Abang is being unfair in the handling of his matter, owing to the fact that they were classmates; they never got along.
Metuh’s push to have his trial transferred to another court, however, suffered a setback as Justice Abang ruled that he would not disqualify himself from the case.
The Justice also ordered Metuh to open his defence today unfailing after the matter had enjoyed five adjournments.
One of the applications dismissed on Friday was the one presented by Tochukwu Onwubufo, a new counsel to the second defendant, Destra Investment, who asked the court to give him time to go through court proceedings, since he was a new party to the matter.
In his ruling, Mr. Abang refused the application on the ground that the counsel was wrong in applying for an adjournment through a written letter when he himself would be present in court.
“Once a counsel appears in person he can no longer send a letter to the court, he can make the application orally,” Abang said.
The Judge however ruled that the application for time will be considered at the end of Monday’s sitting.