The Deputy Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Abdullahi Jalo, has denied the insinuations that there is a rift between his office and that of the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Olisa Metuh.
Jalo, who made the denial in a brief chat with journalists in Lagos, said the insinuation was only fuelled by media misrepresentation, adding that he and Metuh had a very cordial working relationship.
According to Jalo, the media misrepresentation was an attempt by some elements to cause unnecessary bickering between him and Metuh.
“Some concerned members of our great party, the PDP have drawn my attention to an erroneous publication in which some media houses are trying to bring unnecessary bickering between the office of the national publicity secretary of the party and my office as the deputy publicity secretary; where there is none.
“It is true that Metuh had issued a statement last Saturday congratulating the new Emir of Kano before the official declaration by the Kano State Government which was later corrected.
“At that material time, I was in Lagos to attend the inauguration of Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) by Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC).”
Similarly, Jalo has called on the newly-appointed Political Adviser to the President Goodluck Jonathan, Professor Rufai Alkali, to expatiate on his claim in an interview he granted recently to a national daily wherein he alleged that if some people are not carried along in Gombe State, PDP could lose out in the 2015 general election in the state.
According to him, “Another issue of importance is the statement credited to the newly appointed political adviser to the president, Alkali, on the June 1, 2014 edition of the Daily Trust Newspaper, where he granted an interview that if Gombe State government does not carrysome people within the party along, there is the likelihood of the opposition party to taking the advantage over PDP in the coming election 2015.
“There is need for the professor to expand his statement for the benefit of PDP in the state and Nigeria in general. Now that the transformation agenda of President Jonathan has been manifesting in Nigerian Railway Corporation and other sectors, Nigerians should support PDP in 2015 and beyond for more dividend of democracy.”