Consequent upon numerous enquiries and various reports on the change of Counsel in my case with the Federal Government, I have decided to set the record straight.
The fact is that in the past three years, my Counsel have been under immense intimidation and harassment on account of the conduct of this case. Despite their travails, they have held steadfast on my innocence and have gone to considerable personal costs in the conduct of the case.
However, in the last few weeks, I have become aware that their life and personal freedom have been under severe threats which development informed their application to the court to withdraw from the case.
Secondly because of the day-day trial ordered by the court, it became difficult for them to give my case the time and full energy the matter demanded given their diaries and involvement in other cases, (election cases inclusive)
It is public knowledge that in the course of this trial, I have restricted the travails to myself only as I do not wish any other person to be part of the humiliation, tribulation (including health challenge) and persecution that I have suffered over time.
I therefore came to the conclusion that instead of allowing the issue of their withdrawal to be at the discretion of the court, it was better in the circumstance, to free them from the harrowing challenges they have been facing on account of the conduct of this case.
It is pertinent to state that the said Counsel are however still representing me in other matters in other courts, as my estimation, respect and value for them have increased now, more than ever before.
More importantly, there has been a smooth transition as I have been mindful of any undue delay in the change of Counsel, even with the difficulty and near impossibility of getting a Senior Counsel in Nigeria, who will endure the threats and pressures from official quarters as well as abandon election petitions in this season.
My fervent prayer remains that at the end of the day, justice will not only be done, but would also be seen to be have been done in this matter.
Chief Olisa Metuh
Former National Publicity Secretary,
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)