Olisa Metuh, the national publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, has said he will not be contesting for any position in the party’s upcoming national convention.
Mr. Metuh, who is currently standing trial for alleged participation in the arms purchase scam during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan, said in a statement on Thursday that his decision was warmly received by his family members.
Mr. Metuh had been speculated as a possible contender for the position of the party’s national organising secretary which has been allotted to his native southeast region.
“I wish to state publicly that I have no ambitions to continue as a member of the National Working Committee after the expiration of my current tenure as the National Publicity Secretary, a decision that is enjoying the support of my family,” Mr. Metuh said in the statement he personally signed.
“I therefore with every sense of responsibility confirm to all members of our great party that I will not run for any position whatsoever in the forthcoming National Convention irrespective of which office may be zoned to the south east for that matter.”
Mr. Metuh, who further said in the statement that he remains the longest-serving member of his party’s national executive council, promised to continue to work for the party in its quest to stabilise its internal affairs.
“Finally, I wish to assure all my associates and supporters that my love and commitment to the party remains unshaken, especially as we work together to build not only a strong and virile party but also a prosperous, united and stable nation,” Mr. Metuh said.
The PDP’s national convention is scheduled to hold on May 21, 2016 in Port-Harcourt.
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