The Acting National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Tony Okeke, said on Tuesday that the party will retain its pre-eminent position in the nation’s political arena come 2015.
Mr. Okeke stated this during a chat with journalists in Abuja, just as he declined comments on the fate of a former National Secretary of the Party, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, ahead of the convention as the matter is still in court.
Mr. Oyinlola had in a letter to the National Convention Committee, NCC, faulted plans to conduct election into the office of the National Secretary, which he said is still in contention in court.
The former Osun State Governor also said the report of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on which basis the July 20 mini-convention is being organised, did not include his office as among those not acceptable to the Commission.
“The matter you raised is subjudice. So, we decline to comment on a matter that is subjudice,” the new acting PDP spokesman said, in response to a question on the letter.
Mr. Okeke, a lawyer, who was last Thursday appointed the acting spokesman of PDP by the National executive Committee, NEC, said the PDP remains the party to beat because it is guided by the principles of equity and justice and has all it takes to settle its internal problems.
He urged all members of the party to close ranks and work hard in its interest.
The acting spokesman defended the running of the party by old men, saying old age is a virtue. Both the National Chairman of PDP, Bamanga Tukur and its Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Tony Anenih are over 70 years.
“We’re Africans and being Africans, age is a virtue,” Mr. Okeke said after inspecting the media facilities of the party, accompanied by his deputy, Caleb Yaya.
Mr. Okeke praised Mr. Tukur and the immediate past spokesman of the party, Olisa Metuh, for repositioning its publicity organs for greater productivity in the last 14 months.
He expressed satisfaction with the innovations brought about by Mr. Metuh which he said “enabled the party to win more supporters and put the opposition at check despite internal challenges and unwarranted attacks by the opposition.”
He commended the former PDP spokesman for introducing “finesse in PDP publicity and for his refusal to engage in propaganda and the use of uncouth language” which, according to him, is the “trademark of opposition parties.”
Mr. Okeke also praised Mr. Metuh for upgrading the publicity arm from a department to a full-fledged Directorate with tactical units which have impacted positively on the image of the party, assuring that he will build on his predecessor’s achievements within the short period he will be in office.