From Taiwo Amodu, Abuja
National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) Olisa Metuh, has denied media reports that he was smarting for a fresh mandate ahead of the party’s national convention slated for May 21.
The office of National Organising Secretary has been zoned to the South-East by the Governor Udom Emmanuel-led zoning committee.
But, Metuh, in a press statement yesterday said he would not be presenting himself for any elective office, irrespective of the offices zoned to the South-East.
He said: “As Nigerians are aware, my party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is preparing for a National Convention where national officers, who will pilot its affairs in the next four years are expected to emerge.
“As one of the founding members of this party, the longest serving member of the National Executive Committee (NEC) and currently a critical player in the party, my supporters and admirers expect me to contest and this has spurred speculations in the media.
“However, I wish to state publicly that I have no ambition to continue as a member of the National Working Committee after the expiration of my current tenure as the National Publicity Secretary, a decision that is enjoying the support of my family.
“I, therefore, with every sense of responsibility, confirm to all members of our great party that I will not run for any position, whatsoever, in the forthcoming national convention, irrespective of which office may be zoned to the South East for that matter.
“What is paramount in my mind, at this point, is to continue to lift the image of our great party during the remaining part of my tenure as the image-maker of PDP, a position, which by the grace of God, I have been able to dutifully deliver to the best of my ability despite daunting challenges.
“Finally, I wish to assure all my associates and supporters that my love and commitment to the party remains unshaken, especially as we work together to build, not only, a strong and virile party, but, also, a prosperous, united and stable nation.”