PDP’s Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh Resigns
Barely a day after appearing on national television to dismiss report of his resignation, the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh has resigned as the spokesman of the party.
Mr. Metuh had on Tuesday alongside the PDP National Chairman, Bamanga Tukur, dispelled a newspaper report that he would resign on Thursday. His resignation takes effect from Thursday, June 20.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had, a few months ago, declared that the process through which Mr. Metuh and some other members of the PDP National Working Committee (NWC) emerged in the party’s national convention last year was unacceptable and illegal.
The electoral umpire had condemned the exercise, noting that the process which produced 12 of the 16-member exco violated paragraph 6.5 (1) of the guidelines for the conduct of the 2012 congresses and national convention and, therefore, void.
The commission had listed the national officers of the party whose election violated the stipulated provision. They are deputy national chairman, Sam Sam Jaja, national organising secretary, Abubakar Mustapha, his deputy Okechukwu Nnadozie, national publicity secretary, Olisa Metuh, his deputy Binta Goje, national youth leader Garba Chiza, his deputy Dennis Alonge Niyi, deputy national auditor, Umar Ibrahim, national women leader, Kema Chikwe, her deputy, Hannatu Ulam, deputy national treasurer, Claudus Inengas and national legal adviser, Victor Kwon.
According to INEC’s acting director, legal, Ibrahim Bawa, “The mode of election adopted for single candidates was not in accordance with the mode of election stipulated in paragraph 6.5 (i) of the guidelines for the conduct of the year 2012 congresses and national convention and, therefore, not acceptable to the commission.”