My wife, south-east PDP leaders will determine my political future- says Metuh

Olisa Metuh, PDP National Publicity Secretary.

The spokesman dismissed a party member aspiring to replace him.

Olisa Metuh, who will formally bow out of office on Thursday as the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, said his wife, family members, and party faithful in the South East geo-political zone will determine if he would re-contest the position.

Mr. Metuh on Wednesday announced his decision to resign his position with effect from Thursday following the report of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, which flawed his election and those of 11 other members of the National Working Committee, NWC, at the March 2012 National Convention of the party.

Only four NWC members, including the National Chairman of the party, Bamanga Tukur, were cleared by Commission’s report.

A committee set up by President Goodluck Jonathan and chaired by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Pius Anyim, to review the report and other developments in the party, recommended that the officials should resign.

Mr. Tukur, after a meeting with Mr. Jonathan on Wednesday, said the affected officials could regularise their elections, an indication that they have the opportunity to re-present themselves for election into the positions they are vacating.

But Mr. Metuh said he would rely on his family and party leaders in the South East zone, to which the position was zoned, to determine his immediate political future.

“I have to talk with my wife and other family members,” he told PREMIUM TIMES in a telephone interview.

“As you know, she needs my time as well. So, I will need to talk to her on whether I should run again. South-East PDP leaders will also have to decide whether they still want me to serve. I will have to talk to them too.”

Reminded that a member of the party from the same zone as him, Chyna Iwuanyanwu, had already shown interest to replace him, the outgoing PDP spokesman suggested that the aspirant is not only a ‘clown’ but does not know the village he comes from.

According to Mr. Metuh, “It is only one person I know. And regarding that person, I will say you should let us talk about serious things. Not about clowns. Does he know his ward? Does he know his village?”


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