The National Publicity Secretary of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, has decried attempts by anti-PDP forces to use persons purporting to be officials of PDP Staff Welfare Association to direct attack and threats on his person.
Metuh was reacting to the latest series of statements released by the PDP workers on Saturday in which they accused him of working against former President Goodluck Jonathan in the last polls and engaging in corrupt practices.
Reacting to the allegations, the PDP spokesman said it was now clear those behind the allegations had ignored the issues at stake and focused on direct attacks on his person, which he acknowledged was not unexpected given his role in the rebuilding of the opposition party and how uncomfortable the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) has been for his outspokenness.
In a statement issued Sunday by his Special Assistant Richard Ihediwa, Mr. Metuh said the anti-PDP forces have easily found a handful of disgruntled PDP staffs as willing tools to attack him with a view to bringing him to public odium, distract him and deny our party a credible voice to propagate its positions.
“These forces had even gone to the extent of engineering some discontented PDP members to portray statements by the National Publicity Secretary as his personal opinions in the attempt to discredit and intimidate him”, the statement said.
It also stated for the avoidance of doubt that Metuh will not be deterred or detracted by such threats and cheap blackmails as he remains committed to his role in the rebuilding of the PDP and in providing firm, credible and issue based opposition to the ruling party.
The statement reads in part: “This office would not join issues with these elements, however we make bold to state that Chief Olisa Metuh, being aware of the challenges that comes with his new role has offered himself, his office as well as all his private companies for probe by the Department of State Services (DSS) or any other government agency for that matter.
“We also find it laughable that anybody would criticise the recent PDP congresses in Anambra and Kogi that have been widely applauded to be transparent and credible as established by the peace and harmony that characterised the processes. One also wonders how the issue of congresses helps the case of welfare matters being pushed by the staff, if not for the ulterior motive of destroying the PDP publicity.
“The authors of the press statement deliberately refused to appreciate Chief Olisa Metuh’s immense contributions in the party and the fact that he became the longest serving member of the National Executive Committee due to hard work and the confidence members of the party repose on him as an individual.
“Finally, this office is happy that those after Chief Olisa Metuh have for now, chosen to demand for investigation instead of resorting to plots to assassinate him. However, we restate that the National Publicity Secretary will not in any way be cowed or intimidated by the threats, blackmails and attacks by anti-PDP forces to abandon his mandate as spokesperson of our great party”.