We have no apology fielding Jonathan as presidential candidate – Metuh

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The national publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh, has countered Chief Raymond Dokpesi, saying the party has no apology fielding former President Goodluck Jonathan as its Presidential candidate in the March/April general elections.

Chief Dokpesi, who is the chairman of PDP National Conference Organising Committee had on Tuesday at the committee’s maiden briefing in Abuja, said that the PDP had apologised to the North and other Nigerians for its mistakes while in power in the last  16 years.
But Metuh, in a statement yesterday, said Dokpesi’s statement was not the official position of the PDP but his own personal opinion.

“That statement made by Chief Raymond Dokpesi is his personal opinion and does not represent in any way an official position of the PDP. In the first place, Dokpesi is not a member of the national executive of the PDP and he can only speak in his personal capacity and his opinion remains personal and does not represent that of the party.

“The decision to field former President Jonathan in the 2015 presidential race was approved by the National Working Committee (NWC), the National Executive Council (NEC) and the party’s national caucus. In addition, the constitution of party allows a sitting president chance to exercise his personal right to run for a second term if he so desires.
“This is not the time for buck passing or blame game. We are repositioning our party. What we should do is to join hands to reposition PDP based on the report of the Senator Ike Ekweremadu report to reclaim the party’s lost glory. This is what is expected of us all at this time.
“How can you regret a decision taken when everyone was there, the NWC, NEC and the national caucus? What are we talking about? Everybody was conscious of the decision, nobody was coerced into supporting the position,” he said.

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