EXCLUSIVE: PDP dissociates self from Fayose’s attack on Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari during the Campaign prior to the 2015 Presidential election

The ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has stated that it will not be drawn into the ongoing controversy regarding the visit of former head of state and candidate of the opposition All Progressives Congress, Muhammadu Buhari, to the United Kingdom.

Mr. Buhari’s campaign office had stated that the former head of state was in the U.K. on a working visit.

However, Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti state and other supporters of the PDP have claimed that Mr. Buhari is in the U.K. for medical treatment.

Mr. Buhari has already met with former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, on Saturday, a meeting Mr. Blair’s office confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES.

The London-based think tank, Chatham House, has also confirmed that Mr. Buhari will speak on the topic: “Prospects for Democratic Consolidation in Africa: Nigeria’s Transition”, at the Royal Institute of International Affairs.

In an exclusive interview with PREMIUM TIMES Monday, the spokesperson of the PDP, Olisa Metuh, said the party was not interested in the controversy regarding the trip.

“As a party that has target and vision, we will not be involved in the discussion on that matter. General Buhari’s trip to the U.K. we believe is personal and we do not wish him any harm,” he said.

However, Mr. Metuh blamed the leadership of the APC over the controversy saying they are “mismanaging information regarding the trip”.

“We want to point out that the only question here is the issue of morality and integrity of the APC leadership. They are mismanaging the information as if they have something to hide,” he said.

Mr. Metuh said the APC leadership “have been involved in orchestrating cheap lies and things that will question the very fabric of that party.

“How can you be fabricating pictures that this is what happened in London, using old pictures, trying to sway the minds of the people,” he said.

The PDP spokesperson did not indicate the photographs the APC manipulated.

Mr. Metuh advised the APC leadership to take a cue from the way President Jonathan and the PDP handle matters.

“We want them to be as honest and sincere as our president in handling issues and how the party has been conducting its affairs.

“We are basically disappointed in the way they are handling this issue.

“APC has shown that they have something to hide,” he said.

On the issue of Governor of Ekiti Ayo Fayose’s position on the same matter, Mr. Metuh said the Ekiti governor has the right to take a position on any matter of his choice.

“That is his personal decision and it is completely within his democratic rights as a Nigerian citizen to pursue the course that he decides is best to promote his support. In a democracy, you cannot deny the people their inalienable rights,” he said.

Mr. Metuh said it has never been in the place of the PDP or Mr. Jonathan to curtail the freedom of expression of anyone, especially the opposition, who, he said, has been engaged in “abusing, denigrating and insulting the person of the president, the office of the president and the leaders of the PDP across board”.

“We never bothered to curtail that freedom that they have, why should we now start curtailing the freedom of someone who is saying what he believes in?” Mr. Metuh said.

The PDP spokesperson specifically singled out the spokesperson of the APC, Lai Mohammed, whom he accused of serially “insulting the president for the past three years”.

“Lai Mohammed has been engaged in unleashing lies, deceit and propaganda on Nigerians, often times on imaginary issues, yet we have not curtailed his freedom of choice.

“Now because Governor Fayose decides to pursue an angle with respect to the candidate he is supporting, and makes one or two adverts, or says one or two things, the APC are crying.

“Juxtapose what he did to the many crimes of the likes of Lai Mohammed against the president,” he said.


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  • truth is bitter

    I have never heard any sensible thing come out of Mr. Metuh’s mouth. He is either abusing one person or the other or just ranting around. The like of him, Okupe, and Fani have done more damage to Jona than good. They are all political liabilities.

  • Omotolaaraujo

    The APC does have something to hide: Buhari. They can’t let Buhari’s movements be known to allow him to be killed by some Tout for the PDP.

  • TRUTH MASTER

    Metuh, you cannot eat your cake and have it at the same time. It is either Fayose is right or wrong, and the truth must be told. The fact is that the buffoon governor of Ekiti represents everything the PDP stands for: Lies, deceit, irresponsibility and total lack of vision. The PDP is happy that Fayose is attacking Buhari non-stop, even though it is not eager to give the attacks its official stamp. Otherwise, why is it so difficult for GEJ to call the laughing-stock governor to order? Let Fayose and the PDP stew in their own juice!

  • BABUYANMA

    Fayose talking to himself?. Now, he is certified as MAD

  • hummm

    PDP cannt denounce and rebuke Fayoses utterances, true leadership at work. March 28 cannt arrive fast enough when they get the boot. LOSERS

  • Ken

    Apc lies too much. What is the relevance of GMB visit in London to the election in Nigeria? Think well before you talk.

    • Progress

      Go and read FIRST AMONG EQUALS to understand real politiking. The world only meet waiting leaders for deals etc. First, you said that Buhari date NOT visit Europe, he did and now this nonsensical question!

  • omo oba

    What else do you expect Mentu to say than what he has said. PDPigs has lost focus and unsettled by APC popularity. Jonathan is surrounded by his enemies chief of whom is wife is and characters like mentu, Femi Fani kayode, clark etc. unfortunately, the party members are not helping matters. They tell him those sweet things he loves to hear even when those things lead him to his destruction. In a sane society, fayose will not head a local government talk less of a state. Fayose needs psychiatric attention. He is afraid of his shadow bcos he knows he got to that seat through JIBITI. Upon thorough investigation, he can’t retain that seat. This is why he is attacking Buhari left and right. He knows that with Buhari as the president,he is gone.
    Come to think of it. Even of Buhari went on medical trip,whts the big deal about it? Is he not human. Who told Fayose that he can t slump tomorrow and die immediately. Fayose is nothing but a thug and irresponsible character.He should just be ignored.

  • Bibi

    Metuh, did I read you say Mr. Jonathan is sincere and open? If so please tell us how Diezani Alison Madueke singlehandedly gave 70 million naira for one day rally for you in Bayelsa? How did she get that money? Please tell us the outcome of the cash for arms south african deal involving the religious campaign manager for Jonathan-Ayo Oritsejafor. Until you come clean on these and other issues, Metuh , please shut up. Your president Jonathan and party PDP are the symbols of evil secrecy in governance.

    • Debo

      Please leave the woman out of this, perhaps you did not know that she retired as executive director in shell after rising through the ranks for several years. Whatever you have against GEJ should be kept with GEJ, 70 million is well within her capacity given her service history.

      • Hassan Lawal

        You must be kidding me! its all stolen money,when we have a change of government ,we shall know if the money was from Shell BP. or from our purse.The time is ticking.

        • Debo

          You wish. You find a lot of solace in just attributing everything to stolen money such that one might begin to think that you have not tasted wealth before. For your information, there nothing like Shell BP since the 80’s, you just want to belong by force.

      • Bibi

        Thank you so much for confirming the corrupt nature of Jonathan’s govt in a damning manner. When a minister donates 70 million Naira (for a day’s program) in a country where the average Nigerian lives on $2 a day (world Bank) and you are comfortable with that, it shows why Goodluck Jonathan just has to leave. Thanks for confirming the endemic corruption under Diezani Alison madueke/ Goodluck Jonathan’s govt.

        • Debo

          Lol. You like to just massage your ego. Let me emphasise my point for you once again; given her service history, 70 million naira is chicken change to her. Would you need me to write this down on a piece of paper, burn the paper then mix it with pap for you to drink before you can understand?

          • progress

            You are a missing the point it does not matter if she can afford it, she is. A public servant it is unethical to be dolling out cash while being an official of a sane country.

          • Bibi

            progress,I agree with you. But even then if we wan to save this country, we need to move a step further and ask: where did Diezani Alison Madueke get all that money from? To reconcile ourselves with not asking is a cynical concession to the reign of corruption under Goodluck Jonathan: So where did Diezani get all that money from? Can a minister in an advanced country where we run to for help have that kind of money? Or do we just say “oh you know now , this is Nigeria” and we just shut up? Mind you it is not about your post, it is about Debo’s post.

          • Bibi

            So you are saying Diezani Alsion Madueke ROSE thru the ladder of corruption and she is SITTING pretty fat on it. And for you that is fine. I see.

  • Wähala

    “Juxtapose what he did to the many crimes of the likes of Lai Mohammed against the president” – Olisa Metuh
    So, Alhaji Lai has been committing crimes against a sitting President and Oly Metuh wants us to believe Lai Mohammed is above the law of the land. Why then was Lai Mohammed’s freedom curtailed in Osun State, Mlm El- Rufai in Anambra… and the numerous abuse of security services with harassments going up to the NASS and tear-gasing? Talking about old pictures yet, claiming they’re not interested in Fayose’s mental illness is the deceit and insincerity that is in Olisa Metuh ati PDP he represents… Clowns!

    • Otile

      Did you hear that Islamic State (IS) militants have abducted dozens of Assyrian Christians from several villages in north-eastern Syria? IS ‘abducts 90 Syrian Christians’

      So, mwana ya zoba, stop backing the wrong horse.

      • progress

        Bigotry is not a virtue, it is a disease find a cure moron.

  • August January

    Metuh you are lying. APC leadership and campaign team did not mismanaged anything regarding the trip. They said Buhari was going to the UK to meet some political figures and will also be having a talk at Chatham House. That much was released to the media by APC. Is that not what has taken place so far? The whole trouble started with the lunatic, the Ekiti foremost mad man, called Fayose. PDP is evil! Jonathan is evil! Fayose is doing and saying something malicious against Buhari in Jonathan’s name and interest, Metuh or Jonathan can’t caution him, and now saying they have nothing against the trip. These guys are evil

  • Ajayi Ifayemi

    I don’t see what was said here as dissociation. In fact I make bold to say that they associated PDP with what Fayose was saying.

  • the truth

    The picture in question is the picture of buhari in abuja being interviewed by arise africa and apc claiming he was in london and the interview was conducted in london.guardian newspaper just apologized for assisting apc to spread lies and admitted fayose was right.buhari was in abuja for that interview and not in london

    • tundemash

      But Mr. Career Liar, why are u e-rats interested If Buhari visits London or not ? How does that prevent your vote for Dumbo ?

      • the truth

        it affects neutrals when your party is based on lies. Now let me ask u a question. Would you trust a party that puts on their website that their candidate was in london. They told u and i, and etheir paid goon newspapers like premium times carried it with a picture of buhari in london,only for fayose to raise dust and we hear media houses apologizing for misleading the public, but guess what we haven’t heard apc apologize for lieing. Would u trust that party? A party that transports a hotel room from abuja to london.i havent seen such juju before.u are a liar, a paid goon and would sell your father for apc lies.

        • tundemash

          shut up ! No one is buying into that your fake neutrality and u should give up the pretence by now except if it has became an ailment already.
          If Buhari likes, let him go to the moon, you will still vote PDPigs and those who would vote APC would still vote. Stop using panadol for Buhari’s headache Mr Career Liar !

  • excel

    Pdp/fayose are clueless than so many Nigerians thinks… their campaign has been Buhari, and their so many fallacy. No issue base campaign, confused on how to sell their candidate, what a confused party? They have spent billion propagating against Buhari but unknown to their foolishness that are making Buhari to be more popular. CHANGE is a Must. March4Buhari

  • True

    Tell me what bad name the President and his office had been called? What is good for the goose is not for the gander?

  • Desmond

    You guys are giving him thumb up at the corner side, but God we disgrace you all

  • boliatepa

    Fayose is a disgrace to Ifa olokun asoro dayo. How dare he make comments about Buhari’s UK trip without consulting Ifa? It has been revealed that his so-called hospital is Tinubu’s house in the UK. Fake babalawo, that Ifayose! It’s either that or Ifa is too blind to see, or how do you explain Fayose speaking to the microphone unaware with a god lurking behind him also oblivious. He should find another God.

  • JAMES DANJUMA

    HOW CAN YOU DISSOCIATE YOURSELVES FROM YOUR ERRAND BOY’S ACTIVITIES? YOU ARE BIRDS OF THE SAME FEATHER.

  • Maria

    They have to disown the goat after their lies have now been exposed… and they are shamed. That is a pointer to the animal called Fayose…that when the chips are down… he is on his own!

  • Anene Mercy

    This premium times are clown. Metu never disowned Fayose. Why is APC and its affiliates masters in lies and story twisting. Too bad. Why not post the press conference statement here so that we can shame u.

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    APC concocts lies with effortless ease. That is the way of terrorists. Fayose has my backing and support.

  • Etang Chris

    Na Fayose fit APC. He is at the best of politics in APC way. This boko haram party wants it hot and rough and Fayose is matching bumper to bumper. An eye for an eye. Up Fayose carry go.

  • Victor Gee

    How much is APC paying premium times that they can go to any length to twist a harmless statement. I have read this same news somewhere and it never portray this same headline. PDP can never disown one of their best govs who is making APC have a sleepless night.

  • Segun

    This premium times, how does this statement from Metu translate into PDP disowning Fayose?

    Lai Mohammed has been engaged in unleashing lies, deceit and propaganda on Nigerians, often times on imaginary issues, yet we have not curtailed his freedom of choice.
    “Now because Governor Fayose decides to pursue an angle with respect to the candidate he is supporting, and makes one or two adverts, or says one or two things, the APC are crying.
    “Juxtapose what he did to the many crimes of the likes of Lai Mohammed against the president,” he said.

    APC na liar, Pr mium times another lies. God have mercy.

  • Segun

    This premium times, how does this statement from Metu translate into PDP disowning Fayose?

    Lai Mohammed has been engaged in unleashing lies, deceit and propaganda on Nigerians, often times on imaginary issues, yet we have not curtailed his freedom of choice.
    “Now because Governor Fayose decides to pursue an angle with respect to the candidate he is supporting, and makes one or two adverts, or says one or two things, the APC are crying.
    “Juxtapose what he did to the many crimes of the likes of Lai Mohammed against the president,” he said.

    APC na liar, Premium times another lies. God have mercy.

  • Segun

    This premium times, how does this statement from Metu translate into PDP disowning Fayose?

    Lai Mohammed has been engaged in unleashing lies, deceit and propaganda on Nigerians, often times on imaginary issues, yet we have not curtailed his freedom of choice.
    “Now because Governor Fayose decides to pursue an angle with respect to the candidate he is supporting, and makes one or two adverts, or says one or two things, the APC are crying.
    “Juxtapose what he did to the many crimes of the likes of Lai Mohammed against the president,” he said.

    APC na liar, Premium times another liar. God have mercy.

  • Yusufsdankama

    Please can some elders in Edith call their governor to order to focus his attention and his state resources to Ekiti development instead of making a lot of unnecessary and hateful political statements.

    Your utterances are not helping the president or POP.

    • Original_Raskal

      http(://)www.nigerianbulletin(.)com/threads/photos-fayose-releases-proof-showing-that-buharis-london-interview-was-fake.108271/

  • Segun

    When will premium times apologize to nigerians and their reader for helping APC spread false rumors?

  • onyekaokorie

    “On the issue of Governor of Ekiti Ayo Fayose’s position on the same matter, Mr. Metuh said the Ekiti governor has the right to take a position on any matter of his choice.”

    Premium times and APC how does the statement above mean disowning Fayose? APC una go fail.

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  • danjuma

    Why is APC lying about the London visit of Buhari? What are they hidding? Why releasing fake pictures?
    Oga Metu thanks for highlighting these inconsistencies in the handling of Buhari’s medicare visit to London.

  • taiwo

    ‘We never bothered to curtail that freedom that they have, why should we now start curtailing the freedom of someone who is saying what he believes in?” Mr. Metuh said.

    The PDP spokesperson specifically singled out the spokesperson of the APC, Lai Mohammed, whom he accused of serially “insulting the president for the past three years”>>>>>Mr Metuh is a delight to read anyday

  • jimmy105

    Lai Mohammed is super good as PDP have to engage him with four or five person at a time.. Fani Kayode, Abati, Okupe and Metuh. Still, he always triumph. If pdp is not satisfy with all the photoes, they can hire a photographer to take Buhari’s photoes anywhere he goes, even in the toilet. Unserious bunch of people. Sai Buhari !

    • Eniola Adeola

      How come Mr jimmy can’t even spell photos,yet he is commenting on this forum.pls leave here.

    • malik shaibu

      Mohammed super good by deceiving Nigerians?,it is obvious that you are not a Nigerian but probably one of the gay people fighting us for rejecting gay acts in our nation

    • Victor Gee

      Supper good in lies. Can u compare Olisa Metu and Lie Lie Mohammed in terms of balanced and objective reporting. Or u think that publicity is all about concocted lies and deceit.

  • Tope Alabi R

    This topic from premuim is misleading,the spokesperson of the PDP did not disown Mr Fayose but merely said that the party as an organ is not interested in Buhari’s personal visit,he went on to say that the APC is responsible for the controversies surrounding his visit to london because of the tissues of lies and deceit they have been dishing out to the public. Fayose as a free citizen of this country is entitled to his opinion and is free to express it especially now that freedom of expression and press is guaranteed under the GEJ administration

  • Isa Aliyu

    Believe me, Buhari will be another Yaradua in the making. there is no smoke without fire. APC and their cabals are orchestrating a grand plan to impose another Yaradua on Nigerians. Their hidden agenda is been exposed and they have no where to hide.

  • Eniola Adeola

    This headline clearly states how premium times are not qualified to be a NIgerian newspaper,deviating from the ethics of their profession and as well showing clearly that they have been paid or bought over by APC.GEJ all the way.

  • Eniola Adeola

    The mostly beautiful thing about the press statement is that,Mr Metu clearly made the general public to understand the purpose and what PDP is working to achieve,this press release goes to show how intellectually sound Mr Metu is,even the lay man on street who reads the content of this statement will deduct easily what it means.Please premium times stop being bias.Nigerians are watching.

  • malik shaibu

    i am always happy and eager to read press releases from Mr Metuh because one is assured of getting the right information on the happenings in government,it is really good that the PDP did not join the fray in questioning Buhari’s where about because that will only amount to giving prominence and unnecesary publicity to the opposition candidate.APC has already done a great deal of de= marketing to their candidate themselves by all the lies and deceit that have dished out to the public.SAI JONATHAN 2015

  • oluwaseyi mayowa

    Why will the APC chose to tell Nigerians lies all the time and yet refuse to apologise to Nigerians even when they are caught red handed,i have this feeling that these people are up to some sort of evil and criminal intention for winning this election,they obviously are not depending on the people’s vote and the PDP must endeavour to ensure that they are watched closely and their ploy nipped in the bud

  • Maitama Tambari

    Olisa Metuh has come out speaking with his tongue in his cheese. He said …“As a party that has target and vision, we will not be involved in the discussion on that matter. General Buhari’s trip to the U.K. we believe is personal and we do not wish him any harm,” he however jumped into the questions that is always posed to PDP using the occasion to turn tide when every Nigerian has known that PDP has lost ground on morality and integrity when he said that….“We want to point out that the only question here is the issue of morality and integrity of the APC leadership. They are mismanaging the information as if they have something to hide,” How did APC Leadership mismanage the information when one of their Governors by name, Ayodele Fayose recruited a photographer to follow GMB in London to record his innocence actives for their selfish course of action. The double talk of Olisa Metuh was, when he said that the Ekiti Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has the right to take a position on any matter of his choice, yes; but not a hate issue. If PDP has morality and corporate integrity amongst its memberships the Party would not have allowed its Officials to engage in showering abuses to the same Nigerians they now want to vote for them. A good example is here where Olisa Metuh did not see anything wrong with Governor Ayodele’s hate approach towards GMB which has now becomes personal rather than political, wishing someone to die. Listen to Metuh … “That is his personal decision and it is completely within his democratic rights as a Nigerian citizen to pursue the course that he decides is best to promote his support. In a democracy, you cannot deny the people their inalienable rights,” to pursue hate campaign. The Governor is not a candidate in this election, so on whose behalf is he promoting the HATE CAMPAIGN, OLISA METUH should tell us. What a shame. Where is the issue for conversation which Nigerians want to see in this Campaign? CHANGE! YES WE CAN.

    • sam

      Both PDP and APC are same rated in term of morality. The same politician, (no new one) keeps jumping from one party to the other. When ever their interest are not covered, they leave…is not the party, but the politicians are not honest.

  • ade

    pdp as a party and their members have lost focus and they tell lies more than anything, I know quite right that when fayose spinal cord brake and no where to treat him for the rest of his life, his useless party will disown him the way they did now. Lets leave them till March 28, 2014