Former President, Goodluck Jonathan has requested for N1 billion as travelling expenses for him to honour the subpoena order issued against him to testify in the ongoing trial of former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh.
Jonathan, who was ordered by Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court to appear before the court on the application of Metuh, said the money is to cater for the expenses he will incur in travelling with his security personnel and to cover the time he will spend testifying in the case. In the alternative, the former President prayed the court to see aside the subpoena
Metuh is facing prosecution on charges bordering on fraudulently receiving over N400 million from former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki in furtherance of the re-election campaign of the former President. He had applied for a subpoena to be issued to compel the appearance of Jonathan in a bid to exonerate himself from the charges.
In his affidavit in support of the motion to set aside the subpoena, Jonathan, through his counsel, Mike Ozekhome SAN, argued that:
- the evidence required of him would amount to an invasion of his privacy, and family life as provided for in Section 37 of the Constitution.
- the evidence is likely to expose him to a criminal charge, penalty or forfeiture.
- the subpoena is vague and obtained on frivolous ground.
- the subpoena was obtained in bad faith and designed to embarrass him.
- Metuh was not his personal aide or an appointee and so could not have dealt with him (Jonathan) directly under any circumstance to warrant his invitation to testify.
- there is no connection between himself, Metuh and the charges Metuh is being prosecuted for.