ACN is a one-man party, CPC believes in violence- Olisa Metuh

Olisa Metuh, PDP National Publicity Secretary.

 The PDP spokesman said even if all the opposition parties merge, they cannot defeat the ruling party.

The National Publicity Secretary of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Olisa Metuh, has described recent moves by major opposition political parties to merge ahead of the 2015 election as difficult to achieve owing to their ownership and ideology.

Mr. Metuh added that the move is a welcome development capable of enhancing the growth of Nigeria’s democracy.

In an exclusive interview with PREMIUM TIMES in his office, Wednesday, the PDP spokesperson said: “We have a political party (ACN) that is controlled by one man, and the other one (CPC) believes in violence, and religious politics.

“We don’t see the two of them coming together to form an opposition to PDP, but we welcome it and we are happy with it, we believe that it will deepen democracy in Nigeria”.

Mr. Metuh said his party welcomes a vibrant opposition that can engage it on issues rather than using violence or religion.

“A vibrant opposition will enable our elected or appointed representatives to sit up and work for the people,” he said.

Mr. Metuh however said even if all the opposition parties in Nigeria merged into one, they cannot beat the PDP.

The PDP spokesperson also spoke about the different positions taken by the party’s NWC and its candidates in Edo and Ondo states where the party lost in the governorship election held recently.

Mr. Metuh said it is “OK” for the candidates to challenge those elections in spite of the fact that the party at the national level has accepted defeat and congratulated the winners.

He also admitted that the relationship between President Goodluck Jonathan and the National Assembly is “not perfect,” and “shouldn’t be” because the principle of separation of powers does not allow for such.

The ruling party’s spokesperson also spoke about the PDP crisis in Adamawa, by playing glowing tribute to the judiciary for “doing the right thing” and also commended the Taraba State House of Assembly for passing a resolution clearing Deputy Governor Garba Umar to serve as acting governor.

Mr. Metuh also said the doors of the party are always open to former members to return irrespective of whether they are being investigated or prosecuted because “they have not yet been convicted.”

PREMIUM TIMES will, beginning Thursday,  run a series on the interview with Mr. Metuh where he speaks about a wide range of issues.


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  • NAGODI

    WHAT AN IRRESPONSIBLE STATEMENT FROM AN IRRESPONSIBLE MAN WHO HAPPENS TO BE A SPOKESMAN OF AN IRRESPONSIBLE PARTY. IF CPC BELIEVES IN VIOLENCE HOW MANY OF ITS VIOLENT MEMBERS DID THE RULING PARTY ARREST OR PROSECUTE? OR IS METUH TELLING US THAT THAT THE PARTY CHARGED WITH THE PROTECTION OF THE PEACE AND SECURITY OF NIGERIANS CANT DO ANYTHING ABOUT A VIOLENT PARTY?

  • adlaw

    …and PDP believes is both plus its legendary belief in looting.

  • adlaw

    and PDP believes in both, plus its legendary belief in looting.

  • Innocent

    Pot calling kettle black.

  • Olisa Metuh is a joker. He accuses others of violence and forgots his own wicked and violent antecedents.

    Who was the violent and unruly character that engaged Andy Uba’s younger in a physical brawl? Who was the Abuja politician that carried thugs to invade his sons primary school and assaulted the headmaster before abducting him in the boot of his car? Is that type of animal fit to accuse anybody of violence?

    I weep for Nigeria.

    • kuhana

      There is a Hausa saying: “Laifi tudu ne; ka taka naka ka hango na wani”. Literally meaning: Guilt is like a moutain; you climb on yours to somebody else’s”

    • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

      keep hating. while we keep voting.

  • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

    Majority of real voters are already aware of the truth. They are the ones that matters.

    • kuhana

      Do you honestly believe the legitimacy of the votes said to be cast for any of the candidates in any of the elections in Nigeria since June 12 1993?

      • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

        I believe the 2011 elections was the first free and fair election since June 12. I do honestly believe.

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    If ACN is one man party, and CPC believes in violence then PDP of which Olisa Metuh represents is
    an axis of assasins,assemblage of Nigeria commonwealth looters with polls manipulators.