Olisah Metuh releases shocking statement to PDP

By Amako Nneji April 21, 2016 15:48

Olisah Metuh releases shocking statement to PDP

The embattled National Publicity Secretary of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olisah Metuh, has on Thursday, April 21, announced his decision not to continue as a member of the party’s National Executive Council, NEC, ahead of the party’s National Convention.

Metuh, who is currently undergoing trial for allegedly receiving slush funds from the former National Security Adviser, NSA, had in a statement in Abuja, explained that he would not be vying for any position in the party at its National Convention slated for May 21, in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital.

Earlier, there were speculations that the National Publicity Secretary was eyeing the office of the National Organizing Secretary of the party, which has been zoned to the South-East, a zone where he hails from.

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The PDP zoning committee has also been reported to have zoned the position of the National Chairmanship position to the North-East, with the Deputy National Chairman zoned to the South-South.

It was also gathered that the position of the National Secretary still remains in the South-West.

The position of National Publicity Secretary, presently occupied by the South-East, is said to have been zoned to the South-West, while that of the National Woman Leader goes to the North-West.

The office of National Treasurer is said to have been zoned to the North-Central, just as the South-East has been penciled down to produce the National Organizing Secretary position.

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Speaking further, Metuh stated that as one of the founding members of the party and the longest serving member of the National Executive Committee, and currently a critical player in the party, his supporters and admirers expected him to contest.

He said this had spurred speculations in the media, but added that he has no such ambition to continue as a member of the National Working Committee, NWC, of the party.

“I wish to state publicly that I have no ambitions to continue as a member of the National Working Committee after the expiration of my current tenure as the National Publicity Secretary, a decision that is enjoying the support of my family.

“I therefore with every sense of responsibility confirm to all members of our great party that I will not run for any position whatsoever in the forthcoming National Convention, irrespective of which office may be zoned to the South-East for that matter.

“What is paramount in my mind at this point is to continue to lift the image of our great party during the remaining part of my tenure as the image-maker of the PDP, a position, which by the grace of God; I have been able to dutifully deliver to the best of my ability despite daunting challenges,” Metuh said.

He nevertheless, assured his associates and supporters that his love and commitment to the party remains unshaken, especially as they work together to build what he described as not only a strong and virile party, but also a prosperous, united and stable nation.

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