The National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh, has only spent four months in the opposition but already his verdict is that it is a cold place.
In an interview which he granted to Sahara TV, Metuh said: “It is cold out here. It is cold because people that have been with you for the past 10 years now decided to change because we are no longer in power. It is cold out here because people allowed themselves to be used against the party. It is cold our here because you are subject to the machination and conspiracy of the ruling party. But in terms of service, being in the opposition renews your commitment.
“The week that we lost the presidential election, some members changed. They are no longer committed and even the staff of the party are no more disciplined because there is no benefit to get. This has, however, separated those who came to reap from the PDP and those who want to really serve. Politics is about service. Those who want to serve will remain.”
Barring any defection, Metuh and his party are expected to remain in the cold for at least four years. Before the PDP lost the elections in March, it was the ruling party for 16 unbroken years. Some Nigerian politicians like Bola Tinubu were in the cold for that long.
Metuh also accused Buhari of running a selective anti-corruption war.
“One thing is clear, there is no group, association or political party in this world where you will not find corrupt persons or those who want to engage in corruption. We welcome the probe of corrupt government officials because we in the PDP don’t condone corruption. If there is any of us who is corrupt, the law must take its full course . You must have respect for the rule of law.
“ What we are witnessing now is political lynching. The ruling party is painting every member of the PDP as corrupt. They are rewriting the rule of law. Everyone is innocent until proven guilty. This is unconstitutional, undemocratic. Our point is that, let the rule of law prevail. You can probe, there is nothing wrong with that but probes should not be the centre programme of any government. What is their agenda for the nation? Probe is diversionary,” he said.