October 26, (THEWILL) – Former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh, has announced his withdrawal from partisan politics.
In a letter addressed to Iyorchia Ayu, national chairman of the PDP, Metuh announced his resignation from the party
Metuh, who said his decision is to enable him to contribute to good governance, noted, “During my three weeks trip for medical and personal reasons, I came to the realisation that I can no longer play partisan politics in Nigeria.
“The reason for this decision is that from my experience and the nature of politics and development in Nigeria, I believe that I will contribute more to democracy and good governance in Nigeria by being non-partisan.
“Being non-partisan gives me the status to work for the strategic interest and well-being of the Nigerian people without the hindrance of partisanship.
“In that regard, I write respectfully, to formally inform you of my resignation from the PDP and cessation of partisan politics.
“I have duly enjoyed my membership of the PDP and remain proud of being the longest elected member of the National Executive Committee, one who won election to serve in several national positions at six consecutive National Conventions of the Party. I will cherish the values and ideals learnt from the founding fathers at the inception of our nascent democracy.
“Any future participation in politics will only be limited to non-partisan involvements in areas of sustaining and deepening democracy and governance in Nigerian and at the global level.
“I pray you continue to insist on issue-based engagement in our political space as the country cannot afford the bitterness and divisions that may arise otherwise.
“In line with the constitution of the PDP, I have forwarded a copy of my resignation to my ward chairman. May God bless us all.”
Metuh was sentenced to prison in 2020 after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), in 2016, arraigned him on seven counts of money laundering bordering on allegedly receiving N400 million from the office of the national security adviser.
He was, however, released months after, following a ruling by an appeal court that the trial judge was biased.
The EFCC had, thereafter, filed a new charge against Metuh, but in September 2022, a federal high court in Abuja struck out the fresh money laundering charge on the grounds that it amounts to an abuse of the judicial process.