The National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh, says that it is cold being in the opposition.
He said it was unfortunate that in the week that former President Goodluck Jonathan lost the election, discipline and commitment in the party waned.
He spoke in an interview with 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 out 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.”
Speaking on the anti-corruption programmes of President Muhammadu Buhari, Metuh maintained that the government was selective.
He described recent probes embarked upon by the government as political lynching.
He said, “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.”
Metuh insisted that President Buhari’s visit to the United States was a monumental failure, adding that the delegation was not prepared for the visit.