A former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh has accused Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and other aggrieved party members of trying to frustrate the presidential candidate of the party, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.
He stated that Wike, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, and former Deputy National Chairman of the PDP, Olabode George, do not mean well for the opposition party.
Metuh, a member of the PDP’s National Executive Committee, stated that the aggrieved party members are seeking to control the PDP.
Speaking to Saturday PUNCH, he said slammed the aggrieved members for calling for the removal or resignation of the party’s National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu.
He said: “Whoever is thinking of the control of the party at this stage is on a misplaced mission because it is an attempt to struggle for the leadership of the party.
“In 2007, the then-presidential candidate of the party, Umaru Yar’Adua, ran with a national chairman from the North, Ahmadu Ali, but the South did not make any demand. In 2010, the then-acting President, Goodluck Jonathan, had a Board of Trustees chairman from the South, Tony Anenih, and a national chairman from the South, Vincent Ogbulafor. So, what is the problem today?
“While we acknowledge the fact that these aggrieved party chieftains are very important stakeholders, they supervised the election of Ayu and in fact, celebrated it. Most of them even made the point that Ayu was the best thing to have happened to the PDP.
“Nobody is saying that what they are demanding is right or wrong. What we need now is a doctrine of necessity to protect and strengthen the PDP for the task ahead.”
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Metuh slammed Olabode George for spearheading what he called a “plot to destabilize our party,” saying, “In 2006 with a President from the South, Olusegun Obasanjo about to complete his tenure, George spoke at a conference, calling for another southerner to succeed him.”
He also accused the former Deputy National Chairman of the PDP of organizing the move to remove Atiku from the NEC of the party in 2005.
“I supported him to be the chairman of the party in 2017 against Uche Secondus. If he was denied the chairmanship of the party in 2017, did he protest? In this era, the chairmanship ought to go to the South-West, but North-Central took it. If this is about the South, why did he not complain when Ayu from the North-Central won his seat in May?” Metuh asked.