BY HENRY UMORU
…I can’t join issues with Metuh- IBB
ABUJA—THE National leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday warned former Military president, General Ibrahim Babangida (rtd), to toe the path of other former leaders worldwide and stop criticising President Goodluck Jonathan and the party over perceived lapses.
PDP described as unfortunate the recurring attack on the President, National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, and the leadership of the party from the former president.
In a statement, yesterday, by PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, entitled, ‘’Before Afegbua destroys IBB”, the party asked if Mr. Kassim Afegbua, spokesperson of the former president had the directive of his boss, Gen. Babangida.
Defending the outcome of last month’s National Convention in Abuja, PDP noted that there was nothing wrong with the process that brought in Tukur and other members of the National Working Committee, NWC, which the former president had condemned .
Metuh said: “The statement credited to the former president is surprising, because the known tradition world over is for former presidents to toe the path of maturity and decorum in criticisms of perceived lapses of incumbents. ”We know of George Bush Jnr. and President Obama and we also know of Tony Blair and Prime Minister Cameron.”
“It is, therefore, an embarrassment on the person of the former president for his media spokesperson to recourse to a recipe of media relations that subsists on public acrimony and less noble language.
“We must state for the avoidance of doubt that, that there is nothing wrong in the electoral consensus option through which our national Chairman, Dr. Bamanga Tukur, emerged that constitutes an inhibition in the effective discharge of his functions as the National Chairman of our Party. That other aspirants, having noted the likely trend of voting, decided on their own to withdraw from the race and support an aspirant does not translate to incapacity on the part of the consensus candidate.”
Metuh is incapable of understanding — IBB
Reacting, Afegbua said it was not in the tradition of the former president to join issues with ‘’a small person like Olisa Metuh, the megaphone of PDP, adding that the PDP’s spokesperson is a small personality where the name of IBB matters, adding, ‘’he is too junior to understand the dynamics of PDP and its formation.”
Metuh’s statement continued, ‘’The National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, has described as a surprise and a huge disappointment the statement credited to the Media Assistant to the former Military president, Gen. Babangida, where unrestrained aspersions were cast on the electoral processes that culminated in the recent National Convention of PDP.
‘The statement added that Gen.Babangida, prelude to the 2011 presidential primaries of PDP, wholeheartedly subjected himself to the then Northern Presidential Consensus arrangement in which Alhaji Atiku Abubakar emerged, showing that it is no such danger to democracy as his aide has been jamming the airwave with.
“We do not intend to descend to the gutter as Afegbua has been doing because we still hold the former president in high esteem. However, we must state that for a leader in our party to engage a loose cannon as his Media Assistant, care must be taken to restrain him from injury to party loyalty. In the same essence, we wish to put on record that if our respected party leader has donated his spokesman to the Action Congress of Nigeria gubernatorial campaign in Edo State, it is not a lesson in loyalty and party building.”