The National Publicity Secretary of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, has said that some members of his party wanted him to be abusing President Muhammadu Buhari with the hope that doing so would boost the image of the PDP.
Metuh, who made the disclosure at the weekend in an interview in Abuja, said that by virtue of his position as mouthpiece for the main opposition party in the country, some people want him to repay the governing All Progressives Congress, APC, in its own coin by denigrating the president.
NGTrends recalls that as the major opposition party then, the APC and its spokesperson, who is now Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, spared no effort in rebuking then President Goodluck Jonathan and called him names.
But Mr. Metuh explained that the APC did not win the elections by merely abusing Jonathan, adding that some actions of the members of the PDP then, helped in boosting the electoral fortunes of the APC.
He stressed that since PDP lost the election, its national leadership has tried to remain focused and retain the support of a very large number of the party to also remain focus in opposing the APC-led federal government.
“Some of our members misconstrue an opposition party to be a party that insults people because that was what the APC was doing.
“People want us to insult the president and the ruling party to remain in opposition. Because we are not doing that, our people are not comfortable with that.
“They believe that we are too soft and they believe that we are too academic. They want us to be insulting the people. It was not by insulting the former President that gave the APC victory.
“We fuelled partisan support for the APC in some part of the country”, Mr. Metuh said.
On the rumour that members of the outgoing National Working Committee of the party had shared offices ahead of the March 19 national convention, Metuh debunked the allegation as false.