National Publicity Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh, said the apology credited to the party’s National Conference Committee Chairman, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, remained his personal opinion.
Metuh said this when he spoke with newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday.
According to him, Dokpesi’s statement did not in any way represent the official position of the PDP, as he was not a member of the party’s National Executive Committee.
Commenting on PDP’s choice to field former President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 presidential race, Metuh said the decision was approved by the party’s National Working Committee (NWC).
He added that the decision was also approved by the party’s National Executive Council (NEC), and the party’s National Caucus.
“In addition, the Constitution of the party allows a sitting president the chance to exercise his personal right to run for a second term if he so desires.”
Stressing that Dokpesi’s expression of regret was not the party’s position, Metuh said: “how can you regret a decision taken when everyone was there, the NWC, NEC and the national caucus?
“What are we talking about? Everybody was conscious of the decision; nobody was coerced into supporting the position.”
However, he said it was not the time for buck-passing or blame-game but time to collectively reposition the party.
“We are repositioning our party. What we should do is to join hands to reposition PDP based on Sen. Ike Ekweremadu’s report to reclaim the party’s lost glory. This is what is expected of us all at this time,” Metuh said.