The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday described the All Progressives Congress (APC) national publicity secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, as quarrelsome.
The PDP which was responding to a statement by Mohammed on Friday that the party should “stop whining, rebrand or go down” after blaming President Muhammadu Buhari, the judiciary, INEC and the DSS for its recent electoral reverses in Akwa Ibom and Rivers States accused the APC spokesman of always resorting to “personal attacks and uncouth description of a rival political party.”
National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, who signed the statement, advised Mohammed to “shed his offensive narcissist tendencies even in his desperation not to end up being a minister without a portfolio.”
The party further stated that having been a beneficiary of the benevolence and forgiving spirit of Senate President Bukola Saraki, it expected Mohammed now to be mature, civil and more organised in his responses to public comments.
However, Mohammed in a swift reaction said the resort to “crude, personal attacks by PDP spokesman Olisa Metuh in his latest statement is a clear vindication of the party’s (APC’s) stand that the PDP should urgently rebrand or go into extinction.”
He said:”with a combustible and out-of-control spokesman like Metuh, there is no way the PDP will survive in opposition. Metuh has shown, time and again, that he lacks the temperament, presence of mind, sobriety, analytical mind, decency in the use of language and panache needed for anyone to be the face of any organisation, not to talk of a political party.
”It was the realisation of this obvious fact that ?made us to offer to provide the excitable Metuh a crash course on how to function as an opposition spokesman. Unfortunately, it is too late now as he seems to have become totally un-trainable.
”Instead of reacting to our sincere advice to his party to urgently rebrand or go down, Metuh chose to unleash his vitriolic tongue on the APC spokesman, just as he has done to the judiciary and many agencies of government in recent times.
”In what is surely a looming tragedy for the PDP, a spokesman who helped write the party into opposition is now poised to further write it into extinction.” ?
APC insisted that the PDP should stop wailing and insulting the judiciary for the electoral tragedy it brought upon itself, by engaging in mindless rigging and violence in the last general elections.
”The doomed opposition should also immediately stop its failed strategy of trying to distract the Buhari Administration, which is busy cleaning up the mess left behind by the 16 years of locust of the sinking ‘PDP,” the party said