THE national publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh, has turned down an offer from his All Progressives Congress (APC) counterpart, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, for a lesson on how to succeed as an opposition spokesman since the parties are soon to reverse their roles.
Metuh, through a statement issued by his Special Assistant, Richard Ihediwa, in Abuja, on Sunday, said Mohammed’s offer, made last Friday in a statement, was arrogant and self-serving.
The PDP observed that Mohammed in “his usual ill-mannered and condemnable approach, left the issues and dwelt on insults, disdainful comments and personal attacks.”
The statement added: “However, the national publicity secretary of our great party, Metuh, stands by the party’s statement that APC is plotting to impose a one-party system in the country and is now approaching some senior members of PDP with phantom promises and threats ostensibly to destabilise the party.
“Is Alhaji Mohammed feigning ignorance of the various recent open and nocturnal meetings of his party with highly respected members of PDP?
“We are aware that as part of the plot, APC in the past few weeks, has been luring and encouraging some of our members to issue derogatory statements against the leadership of our party. While some of their accomplices have openly decamped, we know that others have been instructed to stay back and cause crisis within our ranks.
“Even in states where they lost, APC has engaged in violence and instigating crisis all in a bid to impose a one-party system in the country.
“Furthermore, the PDP national publicity secretary does not need Alhaji Mohammed’s so-called six weeks crash course in party publicity. He does not need a course on how to insult and denigrate the office and person of the President of our country. He has already made it clear that PDP will do no such thing but only focus on constructive criticism while presenting credible alternatives to the policies and programmes of the incoming administration in a manner that will promote democracy and the well-being of Nigerians.
“Nobody can learn anything from APC national publicity secretary except abuses, divisiveness, lies and hate campaign. Nigerians know that Lai Mohammed is the originator of hate campaign with which he fouled our contemporary political arena. It is to say the least, despicable that his style badly influenced hundreds of young people, who now engage in abusing one another on the social media thinking that such is what publicity is all about.
“For emphasis, we ask Alhaji Mohammed to go back to the statements the PDP and APC issued in the last three months and he will realise that while he was busy with hate campaign, raining insults and telling lies, Chief Metuh focused only on points, marketing our candidates while promoting policies and issues that engender national unity, stability and progress. He ,therefore ,has nothing to learn from Lai Mohammed.”
The PDP further advised that the APC spokesman must understand that Metuh was not in any way the weakest link but has only chosen to be mature, humble and civil in dealing with national issues.
It, therefore, counseled Mohammed to “be careful with the way he is parading himself as a colossus bestriding the globe; otherwise ,one would think that he is suffering from Narcissist Personality Disorder (NPD).”
While strongly advising that “those whose palm kernels were cracked for them by a benevolent spirit should not forget to be humble”, the statement also urged the APC spokesman to “purge himself and learn to be civil in his approach to issues.
Source: The Tribune