The Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Demcoratic Party, PDP, and its All Progressives Congress, APC, counterpart have engaged in a war of words over the arrest of the former’s national publicity secretary, Olisa Metuh, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Mr. Metuh was invited by the EFCC to clear the air on some contentious issues on Tuesday and since then, has remained in custody of the anti-graft agency.
Reacting to the plight of its spokesperson, the Lagos PDP accused the governing APC on instigating the persecution of Metuh.
In a statement by its publicity secretary, Mr. Taofik Gani, the party noted that the arrest of Metuh “is only being made convenient by the issue of money allegedly involved”.
The PDP accused the APC of its resolve to “clamp down on the PDP publicity office superintended by the now arrested Metuh”.
But in a swift reaction, the APC in Lagos State described the PDP’s allegation as unfounded.
Publicity Secretary of the APC in Lagos, Mr. Joe Igbokwe said “opposition must be real opposition and not band of looters of the common patrimony. They must not be wreckers of Nigeria and not partakers in the destruction of everything we hold dear”.
“PDP can be a real opposition if it chooses to be, but you cannot give what you do not have. The APC is not stopping PDP, but it must first of all, redeem itself. PDP must re-examine itself and call a spade, a spade. The PDP needs our help”, he added.