Lai Mohammed cannot win a councillorship seat, let alone speak for the PDP, Mr. Metuh said
The ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has said that the spokespersons of the two main opposition parties in Nigeria are political lightweights who cannot win local elections.
The PDP spokesman, Olisa Metuh, said Lai Mohammed, the spokesman of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN; and Rotimi Fashakin, the spokesperson of the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, cannot win councillorship elections in their localities, let alone speak for a party like the PDP.
Mr. Metuh, in a statement issued on Sunday, stated this in response to both men’s statements over his comments that the merger of the two opposition parties cannot dislodge the PDP.
Mr. Metuh, in an exclusive interview with PREMIUM TIMES, had accused the ACN of being a one man controlled party, while he accused the CPC of abhorring violence.
“These two men are political neophytes who cannot win councillorship elections in their respective wards against the PDP,” he said, adding that “these are green horns whose clout will at best fetch them spokespersons of local government chapters were they members of our great Party.”
Mr. Metuh also maintained his earlier assertion that the merger of the two parties will fail because of their ownership and mode of operation.
“While the PDP is not losing sleep over the merger of the two opposition political parties since it is an exercise in democracy and since both cannot defeat the PDP at elections, it is however not out of place for us to point out the major defects of the merger and why Nigerians will continue to reject it as an alternative to our great Party.”
According to the ruling party, the ACN is entirely owned by Bola Tinubu and brooks no opposition to his dictates.
“It is no secret that the Governors of Lagos, Osun and Ekiti States as well as the woefully failed candidate of the Party in the recent Ondo governorship election were Tinubu’s direct imposition.
“It is also a fact that Tinubu unilaterally chased out Opeyemi Bamidele who won the primaries for Ekiti Central Senatorial District and imposed his preferred candidate. Nigerians can still remember how Tinubu’s wife made her way to the Senate,” Mr. Metuh said.
The PDP spokesman said that the comments of the cross section of Yoruba leaders on the recent victory of the Labour Party in Ondo State, against an earlier call by the ACN for regional integration as the pivot of its campaign, is an unmasked rejection of the ambition of one man to lord over an entire region.
“Does the ACN have a constitution beyond what Tinubu dictates? For a start, Tinubu’s position as the leader of the Party has no place in the constitution of the ACN, yet the man usurps the functions of the party’s constitutional structures, rendering the officers redundant.” Mr. Metuh alleged.
The ruling party’s spokesman claimed that the National Working Committee of the ACN, which is supposed to meet every two months according to section 7, 18a & c of its constitution, has only met twice in February and August this year while the de facto Committee meetings hold daily at Boudillion, Lagos residence of Mr. Tinubu.
“Is that how to run a party that wants to give Nigeria its President?” If the spokesman of a political party cannot issue a release except what an Emperor that enjoys an unconstitutional party title dictates, would he not resign and assume responsibilities as an aide to the Emperor and allow an independent mind to anchor the publicity of the party?” Mr. Metuh said.
Mr. Metuh also had harsh words for the CPC.
“The fact of the merger is that of a double jeopardy as the case of the CPC is worse.
“Apart from the collywobbles of one man dictatorship, the party’s violent antecedent, and the unrepentant posturing of General Buhari, the owner of the party as again captured in his parable of the bloody baboon and monkey earlier this year in Kaduna is a recipe for a road to Somalia. That is not the preference Nigerians will ever imagine,” Mr. Metuh said.