BEFORE AFEGBUA DESTROYS IBB
The National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chief Olisa Metuh has described as a surprise as well as a huge disappointment the statement credited to the Media Assistant to the former Military President, General Ibrahim Babangida in the National Mirror newspaper of Sunday 15th April 2012, where unrestrained aspersions were cast on the electoral processes that culminated in the recent National Convention of the PDP.
The statement said it was unfortunate that for a second time in a week, such a frontal attack on the person of the President, the National Chairman of the Party, the Publicity Secretary and indeed the entire essence of the current leadership of the Party was coming from a respected statesman and former President. “However, we doubt if Kassim Afegbua indeed has the directive of Gen. Babangida”
According to the PDP, “the statement credited to the former President is surprising because known tradition the world over is for former Presidents to tow the path of maturity and decorum in criticisms of perceived lapses of the incumbents. We know of George Bush Jnr. and President Obama and we also know of Tony Blair and Prime Minister Cameron.”
“It is therefore an embarrassment on the person of the former President of Nigeria for his Media Spokesperson to recourse to a recipe of media relations that subsists on public acrimony and less noble language.”
“We must state for the avoidance of doubt that, that there is nothing wrong in the electoral consensus option through which our national Chairman, Dr. Bamanga Turkur emerged that constitutes an inhibition in the effective discharge of his functions as the National Chairman of our Party. That other aspirants, having noted the likely trend of voting, decided on their own to withdraw from the race and support an aspirant does not translate to incapacity on the part of the consensus candidate.”
The Statement added that General Babangida, prelude to the 2011 presidential primaries of the PDP, wholeheartedly subjected himself to the then Northern Presidential Consensus arrangement in which Alhaji Atiku Abubakar emerged, showing that it is no such danger to democracy as his aid has been jamming the airwave with.
“We do not intend to descend to the gutter as Afegbua has been doing because we still hold the former President in high esteem. However, we must state that for a leader in our Party to engage a loose cannon as his Media Assistant, care must be taken to restrain him from injury to Party loyalty.”
“In the same essence, we wish to put on record that if our respected Party leader has donated his Spokesman to the Action Congress of Nigeria gubernatorial campaign in Edo State, it is not a lesson in loyalty and Party building.”
Chief Olisa Metuh
National Publicity Secretary
March 5, 2013
The attention of the South East Zone of the People's Democratic Party has been drawn to spurious publications in a section of the media alleging unfounded claims of bias against the Hon Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah in the recruitment exercise carried out by some parastatals in her ministry.
The leadership of our great Party in the southeast makes bold to state categorically that this baseless allegation is yet another futile attempt by opposition elements to smear the image of the Minister and denigrate her well earned reputation as a distinguished Nigerian and a worthy assets of our great Party, the PDP.
Princess Oduah, though a proud daughter of the Southeast zone, has proven herself to be a detribalized Nigerian both in her private business and in the discharge of her duties as Minister. The current massive upgrading of airports in all the geopolitical zones in the country bear testimony to this.
We are proud to observe that Princess Oduah's performance in office is a major plank of President Jonathan's transformation agenda.
These sponsored provocative publications are designed by opposition elements who are envious of her sterling performance and who feel threatened by her rising profile as a dedicated minister and exemplary member of our great Party.
For the records, Princess Oduah is not involved directly or indirectly in staff recruitment of any parastatal under her. There is a well established bureaucracy to handle such matters while she concerns herself with the huge task of driving the well applauded reforms in the aviation sector.Read more...
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