One of those that stood as sureties former National Publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP, Olisa Metuh, when he was granted bail, Dr. Olubumi Usim-Wilson, yesterday approached a Federal High Court in Abuja with an application seeking to withdraw as surety for Metuh in the trial.
Usim-Wilson, in a motion filed and dated October 4, 2016, before Justice Okon Abang prayed the court to remove her name from the lists of people that stood as sureties for Metuh.
Usim-Wilson, however did not give reasons for her withdrawal.
Metuh on his part also filed a motion dated October 14, praying the court to allow him replace Usim-Wilson, with the deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu.
When the case came up yesterday, counsel to Usim-Wilson,Clement Chinaka, prayed the court to first of all take the application for withdrawal before taking that of replacement since it was filed before that of replacement.
Both counsel in the matter raised no objection except for Onyechi Ikpeazu, counsel to the Metuh who observe that if the application for withdrawal is taken before that of replacement, Metuh may stand the risk of going back to prisons.
He urged the court to use its discretion.
The trial Judge, Justice Okon Abang in a short ruling held that it is deserving to take the application of Metuh first since he has been consistent in the trial.
Usim-Wilson,in her application prayed the court to withdraw her suretieship, while that of Metuh sought to substitute her with Ike Ekweremadu.
“It is deserving to take that of Metuh first since he has been consistent in the trial.
“This is because if that of the applicant is taken first, it means that Metuh will be going back to prisons but if we take that of Metuh first, the substitution would have taken effect” he held.
The judge further adjourned the case to October 27, to hear all the applications and also for continuation of trial.