By Emmanuel Aziken
PDP: Where is Olisa Metuh?
Few would doubt that the election of Chief Olisa Metuh as the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP helped to revive what was before then, the relatively laid back publicity machine of the ruling party. Before Metuh’s advent, the opposition parties in the shape of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN and the defunct Congress for Progressive Change, CPC took up much of the media space in haranguing the ruling party.
However, the advent of Metuh seemed to have reshaped the media space as the PDP for once took the initiative in poking the opposition parties.
Undoubtedly one of the longest surviving elements in the PDP power matrix since 1999, Metuh has moved from one position to the other, and as national vice chairman of the party, Southeast, fought of the Uba brothers in the supremacy battle for Anambra.
Metuh, however, came to national reckoning with his fervent pitches against the All Progressives Congress, APC and its legacy parties. In no time he became a thorn in the flesh of the APC with his researched lobs on the opposition party. But did Metuh go overboard with some statements. Perhaps so.
These days, Metuh has been unusually somber perhaps in the mood of the nation. If you phone him with a tricky question what you would hear from him is bad network, bad network and pronto, the line turns dead!
PDP turns the mockery on APC
When on April 14 operatives of the Boko Haram Islamic sect bombed the Nyanya bus park in Abuja and followed up that night with the repulsive abduction of more than 276 school girls in Chibok, Borno State, the nation was set on edge.
A compassionate President Goodluck Jonathan in an unusual departure arrived the scene of the bombing within hours taking his place as consoler-in-chief. But then, within hours, the consoler-in-chief turned into celebrant-in-chief as he led party members and associates in a reveling spree from Ibadan to Kano for a birthday bash and then a PDP rally.
Even close associates of the president were not amused as the nation and international community chided the president for being insensitive. Sources claim that the rally had initially been cancelled and a message sent out until it was put back on schedule.
So given newspaper publications that the president was expected last Thursday for the flag-off of the PDP gubernatorial campaign in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, two days after the Jos bombing that killed over 200 persons, critics had been waiting to see whether the president would really attend the rally. On Tuesday night the party shifted the rally by one week.
But not so the APC which went ahead with its own flag-off on Wednesday albeit with the observation of a one minute silence in memory of the dead.
The PDP did not waste time in chiding the APC for what it called the party’s insensitivity to the mood of the nation!
Where is the other APC?
All Patriotic Citizens also rushed to the commission aiming to also bask in the limelight. It was at that time generally believed that the political rivals of the APC, to wit, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP was behind the two other APCs.
Since July 31, 2013 when INEC registered the All Progressives Congress, APC the other two APCs have largely been forgotten and the fanfare that shadowed their brief appearance gone.