There’s still a party called PDP, but ‘we are the past’ – Olisa Metuh

Olisa Metuh, National Publicity Secretary of the responsible and mature opposition party, was recently interviewed by Vanguard.

During the sit-down, the Peoples Democratic Party’s mouthpiece, continued to beat on the drums of past achievements of his party.

He insisted that his party was still alive, while admitting that its loss at the general elections came with ‘attendant problems and challenges’.

Metuh’s interview wouldn’t have been complete without taking a swipe at the All Progressives Congress, saying- ‘We are a party that is not owned any individual, group of persons or religion.’

In what was a very long interview, we bring you the juiciest part;

“There is still a party called the PDP and we remain the Peoples Democratic Party, the only party in the history of our country that ruled in the democratic setting for 16years, a party that is built with a vision to sustain national interest, accommodate all zones, ensure that the unity and stability of this nation remains. We are a party that is not owned any individual, group of persons or religion.

We are a party that Nigerians can come in freely and express their views and then aspire to get to get to the highest level. There is still PDP but PDP has a problem having lost power few months ago.

It is a party where you have people who were used to being pampered, who were used to being in government, but after losing elections, there could be major disconnect especially when you are not prepared for it.

It came with the attendant problems and challenges in the last few months but the leaders and stakeholders have resolved that PDP still stands. We will be in opposition, a strong opposition, we will restrict ourselves to a credible and responsible opposition and, by the grace of God, mount a serious challenge to reclaim government in 2019.

It was during our administration that GSM entered this country. In an era where we had global economic downturn,  our government was able to create a very strong middle class, we had a system where roads were done.

I don’t want to also bore you with the fact that it was our government which got Nigeria’s forgiveness of foreign debts. The issue is that 80 percent of Nigerians can testify that there was improvement in their lives in the last 16 years. We are not in the system any more, old things have passed away, we are the past. We are talking about the present and the future”.

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