November 8, 2012
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed surprise at the knee jerk reactions of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) over its appeal for losers of elections to accept results in good faith.
In a statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, the PDP bemoaned the uncouth reaction of both parties to an innocent advice intended to further stabilize Nigeria’s democracy. “The PDP is alarmed at the hot air blown by the ACN and CPC over a simple advice for losers of elections to demonstrate sportsmanship. In giving this advice, we expected a sober reflection from those who have attempted to drag our democracy back through needless and endless litigations. They must be made to realize that there must be winners and losers in every contest”.
The PDP spokesman denounced the notion that elections in Nigeria can only be classified as free and fair when opposition parties win saying, “this idea is not only self-serving and negative but also an attempt to discredit the rights of Nigerians to free choice. If we are in politics to serve the people, we must learn to honour their choice whether it favours us or not”.
Chief Metuh who admitted that the Nigerian Electoral process can be improved upon however pointed out that elections in Nigeria have gone progressively
better under President Goodluck Jonathan. “The global community has given the electoral process in Nigeria pass marks since 2011. Only the convoluted minds in opposition parties still question the credibility of the elections” he said.
On the frequently vaunted tone of PDP operating a do or die system, the National Publicity Secretary reminded Nigerians that the PDP as a ruling party has suffered losses in elections held in Nigeria without any fuss. “We lost the governorship elections in Anambra, Edo and Ondo States. We never deviced means to influence the results in these states. How can we be given the “do or die” label when we allowed the process to go on unhindered?” “Besides, we were the first to congratulate the Labour Party winners of the Ondo state elections”.
The PDP called on Nigerians to disregard the antic of those who are hell bent on stunting the growth of democracy in Nigeria saying “those who have refused to accept a decent political culture are gradually being left behind”.
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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