Don’t Distract Us With Frivolous Complaint, Presidency Tells PDP

shehu-presidencyNigeria’s Presidency has advised the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to stop distracting the President with frivolous and unfounded allegations of selectivity in the war against corruption.

Reacting to an allegation of the opposition party, published by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Olisa Metuh, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said that contrary to the PDP’s allegations, President Buhari did not shield any All Progressives Congress (APC) government official from facing prosecution for corruption.

The President’s spokesman explained that since President Buhari resumed office, he had never told the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) not to probe any APC Governor because they were party members.

‘Malicious And Unfounded’ 

According to Mr Shehu, it was convenient for the PDP to remember the cases of Sule Lamido, but it pretended not to notice the fact that former Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State, who is an APC member, was also arrested and arraigned simultaneously.

The Presidency in the statement, asked Mr Metuh to produce any evidence or instance when President Buhari interfered in the activities of the EFCC by telling them who to prosecute and who to shield from prosecution.

President Buhari’s spokesman also described as ‘malicious and unfounded’ the allegation by Metuh that “funds from the Excess Crude Account are being depleted by the Buhari’s administration to allegedly pay back APC Governors that contributed to his presidential campaign”.

He advised Mr Metuh to either come forward with evidence, or apologise to Nigerians for willfully propagating falsehoods in order to gain cheap publicity or public sympathy.

The Media aide said it was the responsibility of the former PDP administration to prosecute APC and PDP Governors whose alleged cases of corruption were brought to its attention.

He said if the unseated PDP administration had facts against APC governors, it was within its powers to prosecute them.

Following the allegation that the Buhari administration was secretly planning to award oil refining licenses to its cronies, the Presidency described the accusation as absurd and ridiculous. It stressed that the adherence to transparency and due process would always be President Buhari’s philosophy on doing things.

The Presidential statement reiterated that the Buhari-led administration was passionately committed to fighting corruption in all its ramifications and that no amount of blackmail, distraction and false allegation would deflect the President from this course, in line with his campaign promises.

Olisa Metuh Raises Concerns Over Distribution Of PVC In Lagos

olisaThe Spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh, has raised concerns over reports that non-indigenes are being prevented from collecting their Permanent Voter Cards in Lagos State and other All Progressives Congress (APC) led states.

Metuh, the National Publicity Secretary to the PDP, who was speaking in Abuja said that the issue was not an issue to be taken with levity and should be addressed as quickly as possible for the success of the general elections.

The party spokesperson said that majority of this group of voters yet to collect their PVC were members of the ruling PDP and they should not be disenfranchised.

“While we restate our commitment to peaceful and credible elections come February 14, 2015, we will not accept any attempt to scheme us out in any state or states controlled by the APC,” Metuh said.

The PDP Spokesman had earlier stated that APC “has been jittery over the increasing popularity of President Goodluck Jonathan and the PDP governorship candidate in the state, Jimi Agbaje and now seeks to compromise the electoral process by manipulating the distribution of the PVCs.”

Stating that INEC has refused to check the trend despite repeated concerns raised by its state chapter and other well meaning Nigerians, PDP said that the onus “now lies on the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega and the leadership of the commission to prove their innocence by immediately intervening and ensuring that all eligible voters in the state received their PVCs accordingly.”

In its reaction, the INEC Spokesperson, Kayode Idowu, dismissed the allegation raised by Olisa Metuh as unfounded.

#EkitiElection: PDP Accuses APC Of Violating Electoral Law

olisah_metuhThe People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the All Progressive Congress (APC) of violating the electoral laws by engaging in an unlawful campaign after 24 hours to the election time in Ekiti State.

The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Olisa Metuh condemned the actions of the APC leaders saying its very offensive for them to create a violent atmosphere for the Ekiti election which can generate insurgency in that part of the country.

“This action of the APC is unlawful and in clear breach of the provisions of the Electoral Act which expressly prohibits any form of political campaign either on the Election Day or a day before it.

“This violation of the Electoral Act is condemnable. It is another early warning sign of the resolve of the APC to destabilize the process and set the stage for confusion and disagreements.

“Section 99(1) Electoral Act 2010 (As amended) clearly provides that For the purpose of this Act, the period of campaigning in public by every political party shall commence 90 days before polling day and end 24 hours prior to that day” he said.

Reaffirming the position of the PDP on the election, Mr Metuh said that they want the election to be conducted in a free and fair manner and hoped that the party emerges the winner at the end of the day.

He also said that “it is now obvious that while the PDP has restricted itself within the ambit of the law, the APC is using every means to frustrate and torpedo the electoral process” insisting that “unlawful campaigns, wild allegations, blackmail and lies are all tools intended by the APC to incite the people against the system so as to earn an undue advantage in the exercise”.

Mr Metuh charged “the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to note the violations by the APC and take appropriate actions”, alleging that “the real intention of the APC is to set a fertile ground for its armed thugs to harass and unleash violence on innocent Nigerians.

He further noted that “the real intention of the APC is to set a fertile ground for its armed thugs to harass and unleash violence on innocent Nigerians”.





Metuh Insists PDP Has Challenges Not Factions

The National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisah Metuh has denied any form of split within the party claiming that “what we have now is challenges”.

Metuh, who spoke from the Abuja studio of Channels Television during Sunrise Daily, said the challenges are arising from differences on how the party should run its affairs.

He however maintained that the challenges facing the party are common because of its nature.

“We are a big party, we are a large family, it is common that in big associations, even in families, companies you do have differences, you do have challenges” he said.

Metuh also welcomed the reconciliatory move by former heads of state, retired Generals Ibrahim Babangida and Olusegun Obasanjo, two former party chairmen in persons of Barnabas Gemade and Ahmadu Ali and the Chairman of the Board of Trustee of the Party, Tony Anenih.

He noted that the National Working Committee of the party (NWC) is solely focused on supporting the government of President Goodluck Jonathan in ensuring that Nigerians get the benefits of democracy from the government they put in place to rule them.

He described the sealing of the Baraje-led party office as “an interpretation of a court order” maintaining that “there is nothing wrong with the decision”.

Metuh said the factional party never existed adding that we went to court and obtained an injunction that all parties should maintain “status quo antebellum”, meaning that “we should maintain the status before the crisis and that people should not take actions to change the position”.

He then noted that “if you open an office, you are not maintaining the status quo antebellum. If you go ahead to hold meetings, you are not holding the status quo antebellum. So it is an interpretation of a court order and there is nothing wrong with the decision”.

He further welcomed the differences of party members from the state chapters with the NWC but was quick to add that they went to court to address some of the issues because “to carry it further will be dangerous to the growth of the party”.

Meddlesome Interlopers

Metuh described the All Progressives Congress (APC) as “meddlesome interlopers” claiming that “they have no reason, whatsoever to interfere in our affairs”.

He warned that the feelings and thoughts of the newly formed party “is insignificant” and is “of no effect whatsoever”.

He further said “this is an opposition party that has not been able to sustain any kind of opposition except abuse, except hauling insults at the president or the leadership of the ruling party” adding that “they have nothing that they have offered, they have never debated any issue, they have never offered any alternative”.

He also noted that “they have no other platform to discuss except to interfere in the  internal affairs of the party”.

He went further to call the APC a tribalistic party, formed by individuals that are built on the fiefdom of a state, warning that “issues of corruption and tribal and ethnic politics cannot come together and form national interest”.