He urged other members of the ruling party to close ranks.
The immediate past National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh, has decried the internal wrangling in the party and urged all its members to close ranks and take advantage of the reconciliation efforts to forge a united front ahead of 2015 general elections.
Mr. Metuh, who is one of the contenders for the position of the National Publicity Secretary at the August 31PDP Special National Convention, also charged others interested in the position to eschew politics of bitterness and propaganda and focus on issues.
The former PDP spokesman who resigned his position in June following a report by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, faulting his election at the March 2012 Convention of the party, praised President Goodluck Jonathan and the leadership of the party for the reconciliations achieved so far and urged all aggrieved party members to identify with the effort.
“I commend President Goodluck Jonathan and the leadership of our great party for the reconciliations so far achieved among our aggrieved members. The internal disagreements, litigations and media war among our members are not in the interest of our party,” he said in an interview with journalists on Thursday.
“I therefore urge all members to take advantage of the reconciliation efforts to iron out all contending issues. At this moment we need to close ranks and forge a common front in the interest of the nation. We must understand that the opposition is doing all it can to infiltrate our structures and we must not allow that to happen”, he said.
On the series of media attacks and lawsuits by some groups seeking to stop him from contesting at the coming convention, Mr. Metuh said he would refrain from commenting on intra-party matters adding that he would only focus on projecting the image and achievements of the PDP and its members.
“The PDP is a family. So I will refrain from focusing or commenting on intra-party matters. Mine is to project our party in a good light. We have to focus on the people We have to prove to them that President Jonathan is doing well for the country and to showcase that the PDP is the only option for the country. My job when I am elected by the grace of God is to engage on inter-party matters and focus on projecting the image and achievements of the PDP.
“My job is not to start fighting our members or to discredit our members. My job is portraying the party and our government in good light and to help the party to win more support from the people”, he said.
Mr. Metuh, said he was in the race for re-election to consolidate on the solid foundation he laid as the PDP spokesman which resulted in the transforming of the party’s publicity arm into an innovative and proactive research based Directorate with strategic tactical units that have started recording successes towards the objective of rebranding the party to enable it massively win supporters ahead on 2015 general elections.
Noting that the other contenders seek election so as to learn on the job, the former spokesman said he already had the practical experience, capacity, contacts and institutional knowledge for the job.
He recalled that he “remains the longest serving national officer of the party having served as a youth leader, an ex-officio, National Auditor and Zonal Vice Chairman, South East before becoming the National Publicity Secretary in 2012.”
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