In an exclusive phone interview with Sahara Reporters, the PDP Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, had harsh words for the APC and Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun. Chief Metuh was on the ground in Owerri, Imo, and slammed the Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun for disrupting the electoral process. Chief Metuh called on the APC to let the people decide and allow free and fair elections.
Chief Metuh stated that he did, however, express comfort with the PDP performance nationwide as he was monitoring elections in Rivers, Lagos, Anambra and Akwa Ibom he pointed out that the PDP was leading in a majority of states.
Metuh accused the APC of not complying with the spirit of democracy in Rivers and Lagos States. He claimed that the APC party in Rivers, was attempting to “alter the will of the people” and derail elections wherever they did not have the support. Metuh pleaded with APC to let the “will of the people” count. He added that the APC always condemns the results when they do not vote. Moreover, he expressed satisfaction that APC thugs’ efforts to not allow voting were not effective, and cited that the PDP was leading comfortably in Rivers.
In Lagos “ballot papers were not delivered in certain areas” especially where non indigenes lived, to prevent them from voting. He also accused the Lagos APC of snatching ballot boxes. The PDP was not desperate to win Lagos, but wanted to be victorious there and expected that “the will of the people counts.”
He had strong words for Anambra state Governor Willie Obiano, a “neophyte” who had been convinced by certain elements of a PDP plot against him. This plot would result in the Governor’s impeachment. The Governor had been alerted by these elements that PDP was conspiring to gain control of the State House of Assembly and impeach him. Obiano had taken the bait, Metuh claimed, and was intimidating PDP chieftains with the security agencies.
Metuh reserved his strongest words for Ogun’s Ibikunle Amosun. The “people of Ogun have spoken”, Metuh claimed, alleging that Amosun had colluded with INEC to change results in Ota, Ogun State. He again pleaded with the Governor to avoid “intimidating people.”
However, Metuh’s version of events in Ogun was disputed by the Obiano. Speaking on Channels TV via telephone from Government House in Abeokuta, Governor Amosun slammed Metuh and asked him to “measure the way” he speaks in public. Amosun’s reprimands were reminiscent of INEC Chairman Jega’s riposte to Godsday Orubebe, who had tried to stop the counting of presidential votes on March 30. Furthermore, the Governor pointed out that Buruji Kashamu (a PDP chieftain and Senator –elect) had tried to go around polling units to influence voting but had been restrained by security forces.
Metuh had softer words for INEC. INEC by and large had “improved”, he said, “in spite of irregularities here and there.” He said the PDP would reflect after the elections and reconnect with voters, but ended by asking the APC to “keep it real.”