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APC Didn’t Win Election Because Of Lai Mohammed’s Propaganda –Metuh

Posted: Sep 27, 2015 at 12:01 am   /   by   /   comments (1)

National Publicity Secretary of Nigeria’s major opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh in this interview with Temidayo  Akinsuyi, speaks on the party’s fears on the state of the economy under President Muhammadu Buhari,  Saraki’s alleged false declaration of assets and the forthcoming governorship election in Bayelsa state. Excerpts:



Recently, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) raised an alarm over the lack of economic direction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) – led federal government.  The ruling party seems to disagree with you but now the Central Bank Governor (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele has warned that there may be recession in 2016. Do you think the PDP has been justified?

The Central Bank Governor made the statement based on facts available to him. But what the PDP is saying about the direction of the economy is even weightier than what the CBN governor has said.

The PDP has looked at the neglect of the economy in the past four months and we found out that besides the issue of absence of foreign investors, the foreign investors are leaving in droves and there is no conducive atmosphere for them to come back.  Any economy that does not witness investment either local or foreign can never survive.  And there is no policy or programme that the present federal government has to ensure that there are opportunities for investors in our economy, either in terms of money, market or infrastructure.  There is no programme put in place for foreign investors at all.  And we believe, without trying to be prophets of doom that with the way this government is going, the effect of it may take us more than two years to come out from.

The National Publicity Secretary of the APC,  Alh. Lai Mohammed last week issued a statement asking you to mind your utterances and avoid the usage of trench languages when making public statements.  What is your take on this?

****Whatever Lai Mohammed says doesn’t bother me. When Lai Mohammed says ‘good morning’, you have to look at your watch to confirm the actual time of the day. I think Lai Mohammed must have been referring to all the lies he is used to dishing out. He is a veteran of hate politics*****. You will recall that when he said he will educate me on how to be a virile opposition and that he will offer me a crash course on opposition politics.  We rejected it by saying that we can’t take a crash course from someone who is used to lying, who is used to instigating crisis, accusing and insulting leaders. So, he has nothing to teach us except noisemaking and lies.  That is not how we are playing our opposition in PDP. If you look at what we have done in the last three months as opposition party, we have always centred our views on issues, our criticisms are constructive and issue-based. But Lai Mohammed at all times, want to be the centre of attraction but we in PDP are not bothered about him. We are more concerned about the programmes of his party and the ruling government.  He is not important. He is completely inconsequential in the scheme of things in this country. He should stop dramatizing himself as a factor. He is not a factor to be reckoned with.  The APC did not win the presidential election because of him or because of the propaganda he dished out.  He is confused and we feel sorry for him.  He is suffering from narcissist syndrome.

It took the ruling party almost two months to resolve the impasse arising from the leadership tussle at the National Assembly.  Now we are faced with the issue of the Senate President’s trial over alleged false declarations of assets.  Is the PDP not worried about these developments as Nigeria’s major opposition party?

We are not worried because we know that the politicians have the capacity to defend the system.  For now, it is a national assembly matter. When it has to do strictly with the affairs of the Federal Government and the APC, we will be worried and we will definitely make our positions known. But the people that we have in the National Assembly are capable and have the capacity to withstand any shock in the system .And they can solve any instigated crisis by the APC.  Again, we in the PDP are not worried. We believe the politicians are firmly in control and they are born democrats. They are not converted democrats. So they can handle it. They know what democracy is all about and they will do everything within their power to protect it.

What is your take on the outcome of the governorship primary of the APC in Bayelsa which has led to exchange of words between Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo and former governor Timipre Sylva. Do you see this as a good omen for the PDP in the December 5 poll?

Primaries often are rancorous. As a political party, we have had rancorous primaries in some states just as it happened in Bayelsa. The only thing I will say is that no matter what happened, whether they had a peaceful or rancorous primaries, the governor of Bayelsa has performed creditably well in office within the last four years and we are optimistic that the average Bayelsan will vote for him.  We will not condemn the outcome of their primaries, but we will work hard at promoting our own candidate who is best suited at this time to govern Bayelsa state and his people have absolute confidence in him and his ability to steer the ship of Bayelsa for another four years.

Comments (1)

  • Sep 28, 2015 at 2:48 pm Henry olanrewaju

    Olisa Metuh,Nigerians are suffering from economic mismanagement of PDP,can,t you get it that the policy now is to block all d leakages,a ship loaded with oil by PDP accomplice was intercepted by Chinese govt,Lai Mohammed is ahead of you,you

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